The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
Blaine Harbor ::
Anacortes Waterfront Festival
A boat show, car show, a milk carton derby, vendors, children's activities, live music, a food court, self-guided walking tours, dinners and dances, a beer garden and much more will be part of the Anacortes Waterfront Festival happening from 10am-7pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday in downtown Anacortes at the Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave. Entry is free.
Cap Sante Marina ::
San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour
Suss out the studio spaces of creative community members at the 25th annual San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour taking place from 4-7pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout the island. With a mixture of prints, paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture and fiber, the professional artists open their doors and welcome the public to see where art is created and explain their processes. Entry to the self-guided tour is free.
San Juan Island ::
The story of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II will be highlighted when South Pacific opens this weekend at performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday in Oak Harbor at the Whidbey Island Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets to the musical are $20; additional performances take place through June 26.
Whidbey Island Playhouse ::
Bellingham Scottish Highland Games
Piping and drumming competitions, Scottish country dancing, heavy athletics, Celtic music showcases, medieval weapons demos, parades, food and merchandise vendors, games for kids, an ale and wine garden, a 5K, a car show and more will be part of the 55th annual Bellingham Scottish Highland Games happening from 6pm Friday until Sunday afternoon at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Neilson Ave. Entry is $10 for kids and $15 for adults. Friday's opening night Ceiligh is free.
Hovander Homestead Park ::
View the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Proof at 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The drama focuses on a woman who's spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, and is afraid of following in his footsteps, both mathematically and mentally. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through June 18.
Anacortes Community Theatre ::
Students ages 12-16 will share their talents when the legendary musical Mary Poppins opens this week at performances at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets to see the magical nanny and her adventures are $10; additional shows take place June 10-12.
Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth ::
Democrats Plant Sale
Purchase a variety of trees, shrubs and perennials at a Plant Sale benefiting Whatcom Democrats from 3-7pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at 2920 Eldridge Ave.
Eldridge Avenue ::
Truth and Pulp
Improvised scenes, characters and relationships will be inspired by true monologues from the cast at showings of "Truth be Told" at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for the return of "Pulp Improv, an R-rated format embodying the work of Quentin Tarantino. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Upfront Theatre ::
733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
As You Like It
See William Shakespeare's comedy of romance, deceit, adventure and family when As You Like It shows at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets to see the classic masterpiece that's described as having "more twists and turns than Chuckanut Drive" are $10-$17.
Performing Arts Center ::
650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
Come With Me if You Want to Live
Brendan LaBotz and Kimberly Ross' Come With Me if you Want to Live concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall. The musical is a parody of the 1985 sci-fi blockbuster The Terminator, and pays tribute to the cult classic with original songs, dance and a plethora of ’80s references. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
iDiOM Theater ::
The Wizard of Oz
Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they are whisked away to a mystic land when Harper & I presents showings of The Wizard of Oz at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The unique rendition of a classic story will feature a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, hip-hop and more. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $18.
Mount Baker Theatre ::
734-6080 or www.mountbakertheatre.com
Summer Art Walk
In conjunction with the Summer Art Walk, attend the monthly First Friday Art Walk from 6-9pm throughout downtown Anacortes. Good Stuff Arts, Classic Style & Co., Fidalgo Artisan Yarn & Co, A.C.M.E. Creative Space, City Hall, Burton Jewelers, the Depot Art Center, THink Tiny Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa, and PDA Marketing Group will be among the venues taking part in the free event. From 10am-5pm Saturday, more than 20 merchants will show the work of local artists.
Downtown Anacortes ::
View the 500-plus mounted birds on display from 12-5pm Thursday through Saturday at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. The center—which is only open for a limited time each year—also features Coast Salish and Victorian exhibits.
Syre Education Center ::
8:00am - 11:30pm
Starting today, share photos of your favorite books, libraries and reading activities on social media using the hashtag #bplsummer2016 as part of a "Take Another Look! Adult Summer Reading Photo Challenge" continuing through Aug. 31. Participants will have chances to win monthly prizes and be entered into an end-of-summer grand prize drawing.
Whatcom County ::
8:00am - 10:30am
Farmer's Day Breakfast
Fuel up before today's parade at a Farmer's Day Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. The meal will be prepared and served by volunteers to benefit senior programs at the center. Entry is $5.
Lynden Community Center ::
8:00am - 3:00pm
Chuckanut Mountain Championships
The final Bellingham Trail Running Series of the season, the Chuckanut Mt. Championships Half/Full begins at 8am at Larrabee State Park. Entry is $80-$100. There will also be a free kid's race.
Larrabee State Park ::
8:00am - 1:00pm
Skagit Flats Ride
Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a Skagit Flats breakfast ride starting at 8am at the former bamboo nursery at 3533 Chuckanut Dr. The 40-mile round-trip ride will include a stop for breakfast at Rexville Grocery.
Chuckanut Drive ::
9:00am - 12:00pm
NSEA Work Party
Join the Nooksack Enhancement Association for a Spring Work Party from 9am-12pm along Whatcom Creek. Meet at the north end of C Street (near the BTC Fisheries campus) and gain access from Holly St. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and mulch to improve salmon habitat.
Whatcom Creek ::
9:00am - 11:00am
Girls on the Run 5K
All are welcome at the YMCA'S "Girls on the Run 5K" starting at 9am at Lake Padden, 4882 Samish Way. Entry to the run/walk is $15; funds raised benefit the after-school program for girls in grades 3-5 that is designed to increase physical activity and emotional health.
Lake Padden Park ::
9:00am - 2:00pm
Mount Vernon Farmers Market
As many as 60 vendors will share their wares through the season at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, which takes place 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 17 at the city's Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market also takes place from 11am-4pm at the Kincaid entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital.
Riverfront Plaza ::
9:00am - 2:00pm
Anacortes Farmers Market
Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 29 at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.
Depot Arts Center ::
10:00am - 2:00pm
Learn to Row Day
Celebrate National Learn to Row Day by joining the Whatcom Rowing Association from 10am-2pm at the organization's boathouse at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. The free event will include coaching on proper techniques, demos in eight-person shells, tours with local rowers and more.
Bloedel Donovan Park ::
10:00am - 5:00pm
If you're interested in art with a view, head to Lummi Island to peruse 16 outdoor sculptures by Ann Morris from 10am-5pm at the monthly "Sculpture Woods" tour at 3851 Legoe Bay Rd. The working studio will not be open. Entry is free. Park diagonally in the designated parking area, take a map for the self-guided tour and enjoy (no photos, please).
Sculpture Woods ::
10:00am - 4:00pm
Morrison Glass Art Studio Sale
Get low prices on high-quality glass works at today's Studio Sale happening from 10am-4pm at Morrison Glass Art, 2111 Lincoln St. Entry is free.
Morrison Glass Art ::
10:00am - 4:00pm
Lummi Island Market
Peruse arts and crafts, partake of food and listen to music at opening day of the Lummi Island Saturday Market from 10am-4pm in the field next to the Islander Grocery, 2106 S. Nugent Rd.
Islander Grocery ::
10:00am - 9:00pm
Bridge of Aloha Festival
Honor Hawaiian culture from afar at today's "Bridge of Aloha" Festival happening from 10am-9pm at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd. Hawaiian music and Polynesian dance, arts and crafts, vendor boots, cultural workshops, raffle drawings, activities for kids, food and more will be part of the event. Entry is $10.
Ferndale Events Center ::
10:00am - 3:00pm
Bellingham Farmers Market
Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and ready-to-eat foods, attendees can experience monthly Demo Days, live music and more.
Depot Market Square ::
10:00am - 11:30am
All dachshunds and dachshund lovers are invited to take part in the 12th annual "Doxie Walk" starting at 10am at the Fairhaven Train Station, 401 Harris Ave. After meeting to sniff, mingle and bark for a while, the walk will continue on to Marine Park to run around and play. Entry is free.
Fairhaven Train Station ::
10:00am - 1:00pm
If you served in the United States military and are interested in finding more about enrolling in VA health care, military discharge benefits or other related information, attend a "Veteran Benefits" event from 10am-1pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Entry is free.
Burlington Public Library ::
10:00am - 2:00pm
Blaine Gardeners Market
Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm at 685 Peace Portal Dr.
Peace Portal Drive ::
10:00am - 1:00pm
What's the Point?
Join Whatcom Land Trust and the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee for an annual low-tide exploration dubbed "What's the Point?" starting at 10am at Point Whitehorn Beach. During the morning’s low tide, naturalists familiar with intertidal creatures and seaweeds, birds, native plants and local geology will answer questions and lead guided tours along the beach. Marine life specialists will be on the beach providing information about plants and animals in the reserve’s intertidal zone. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the beach during the free event.
Point Whitehorn Beach ::
10:30am - 2:30pm
Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Attend a Summer Reading Kickoff Party from 10:30am-2:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The family-friendly event will include supersized games and activities, signups for summer reading, root beer floats and more.
Deming Library ::
10:30am - 12:00pm
Farmer's Day Parade
Watch an eclectic menagerie of cars, bands, tractors, trucks and horses as they salute the agriculture industry of Whatcom County at the annual Lynden Farmer's Day Parade beginning at 10:30am on Front Street beginning at 10th St. and continuing to 3rd St. Entry is free for spectators.
Downtown Lynden ::
11:00am - 1:00pm
Beer Book and Tour
Mike Rizzo will sell and sign copies of Washington Beer: A Heady History of Evergreen State Brewing from 11am-1pm at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St. At 11:30am, there will also be a free tour of the brewery for those wanting to know more about the space and its history.
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen ::
12:00pm - 1:30pm
World Record Shortcake
As part of Lynden Farmer's Day events and the town's 125th birthday, show up to see the creation of a 1,250-foot-long Strawberry Shortcake from 12-1:30pm in downtown Lynden. Servings will be offered to the public for free after creation and documentation of the world-record shortcake—which will be made with locally grown strawberries, plus ice cream and whipped cream.
Downtown Lynden ::
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fidalgo Youth Symphony
The Fidalgo Youth Symphony presents a Finale Concert at 1pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The show is the culmination of a full season of practicing, perfecting, and performance and includes featured soloists and a farewell to graduates. Tickets are $1-$10.
McIntyre Hall ::
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Shoot positioning, summer pruning, bunch thinning, water and disease management and more will be covered at a "Summer Care in the Vineyard" workshop from 1:30-3pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Entry is free, and no registration is required.
Cloud Mountain Farm Center ::
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Bonnie Northgraves’ Band will perform swinging music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 general.
VFW Hall ::
371-7030 or www.btjs.webs.com
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Suzanne Nelson reads from her new book of young adult fiction, Serendipity's Footsteps, at 2pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The teen tome follows three different girl born in three different times and places.
Village Books ::
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Color Me 5K Community Fun Run
Join hundreds of other runners and get colored from head to toe as you travel through stations along the course of the "Color Me 5K" Community Fun Run starting at 4pm at Lynden High School, 1201 Bradley Rd. Come win prizes, meet new friends, have fun and support girls and boys tennis players from Lynden High and Lynden Christian high schools. Entry is $15-$20.
Lynden High School ::
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Peruse new works by printmaker and painter Lindsay Kohles and woodcarver Marceil DeLacy at an opening reception from 5-8pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The works will be shown through June 28.
Smith & Vallee Gallery ::
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tillie Lace Grand Opening
Attend a Grand Opening Party and peruse Cooper Lanza's "Caught in the Moment" exhibit from 6-9pm at Fairhaven's Tillie Lace Gallery and School of Fine Art, 1415 13th St. (formerly the Lucia Douglas Gallery). The free event will also feature live music by Cheryl Hodge and others.
Tillie Lace Gallery and School of Fine Art ::
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Inside the Inside Passage
Celebrate the launch of local author Susan Marie Conrad’s adventure memoir Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage at 7pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center. The book is about Conrad's 1,148-mile solo sea kayak expedition from Anacortes to Juneau, Alaska. Entry is $10; funds raised with benefit the Community Boating Center's educational programs and youth scholarships.
Firehouse Performing Arts Center ::
7:00pm - 11:30pm
Be part of a big anniversary when the Lynden Music Festival hosts a "Celebrate 125 Years in Lynden" event from 7-11:30pm at the Lynden Pioneer Museum, 217 Front St. The festivities include a sit-down dinner, live music, a silent auction and dancing. Tickets are $50.
Lynden Pioneer Museum ::
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sharing is Healing
Holocaust survivor Noémi Ban shares her story at a "Sharing is Healing" presentation at 7:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Ban was a young woman when she lost most of her family at Auschwitz. She survived, and has been sharing her story of hope and forgiveness since. Entry is free.
Lummi Island Library ::
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Manuscripts and Monasteries
Skagit Valley native Father Dale presents "Forty Years on the Silk Road: Manuscripts, Monasteries and Massacres from Jerusalem to Beijing" at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Entry is free.
Lincoln Theatre ::
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Summer Solstice Dance
USA Dance host a Summer Solstice Dance from 7:15-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event will kick off with a two-step lesson, followed by a dance party with music selected to celebrate the coming of summer by DJ Skeeter. Entry is $7-$10.
Presence Studio ::
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Roger and Michael Fisher
Roger and Michael Fisher of Heart will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's first album, Dreamboat Annie, and play songs from their new album, All Told, at 8pm at the Underground, 211 E. Chestnut St. Tickets to the multimedia experience are $10-$15.
Underground Nightclub ::
9:30pm - 11:30pm
Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages event is $4.
Cafe Rumba ::