Week of July 24, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016   22 events

  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • Starts 7:00pm   Marrowstone Music Festival
    Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 28, 30 and 31 and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and the Mount Baker Theatre. Prices vary.
    Western Washington University :: www.marrowstone.org
  • All Day   Bard on the Beach
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
    Vanier Park :: www.bardonthebeach.org
  • All Day   Boating Center Open
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day   Skagit Tours
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
    www.skagittours.com
  • Ends 8:00pm   My kind of woman
  • Ends 6:00pm   Beauty & the Beast Jr.
    Showings of Beauty and the Beast Jr. begin this weekend with shows at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $5-$12; additional performances happen July 28-31.
    Whidbey Playhouse :: www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
  • Ends 6:00pm   Plover Rides
    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 :: www.draytonharbormaritime.org
  • Ends 6:00pm   Shakespeare NW
    Familial strife, an impending war with Rome, a villainous Italian, rugged mountaineers and hilarious hijinks will make appearances when William Shakespeare's Cymbeline continues Shakespeare Northwest's annual Skagit River Shakespeare Festival with performances at 7pm Thursday and Saturday at Mount Vernon's Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. At 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday, attend showings of The Merchant of Vegas, which sets the Bard’s classic tale of love and money in a town that’s known to love its money—Las Vegas, baby! Tickets are $10-$13. The plays will show in repertory through Aug. 13.
    Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater :: www.shakesnw.org
  • Ends 3:00pm   Point Roberts Book Sale
    Books of all kinds, movies, CDS and more can be found at a Used Book Sale from 10am-3pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday at the Point Roberts Library, 1437 Gulf Rd.
    Point Roberts Library :: (360) 945-6545
  • Ends 9:00am   Sandcastle Contest
    Teams, schools, families and more can sign up in advance for the annual Birch Bay Sandcastle Contest taking place from 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the waterfront at Birch Bay, 7930 Birch Bay Dr. Entry is $5-$10 per person in a variety of ages and categories. Awards and prizes will be part of the fun.
    Birch Bay :: www.birchbaychamber.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am   Rabbit Ride
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm   Veterans Car Show
    Help raise funds for Whatcom County veterans of all wars at the sixth annual Vietnam Veterans Car Show from 10am-2pm at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr. Entry is free to view the vehicles, $15 to show your ride. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the event.
    Sunset Square :: www.vva165.org
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm   Brewers by the Bay
    Sample more than 80 craft microbrews from 40 breweries at Bellingham Bay Rotary's 10th annual "Brewers by the Bay" from 1-5pm at the Depot Market Square, 11000 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate and include tasting scripts, a keepsake glass, a barbecue and live music by Nashville Northwest and Lost at Last. Proceeds benefit DVSAS (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services) and Lydia Place.
    Depot Market Square :: www.brewersbythebay.org
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm   Balkanarama
    July's "Fiddlin' Fox" music and dance series comes to a close when Balkanarama performs from 2-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Entry is free, and dance instruction will be provided.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: www.fairhaven.com
  • 2:00pm - 7:30pm   Great escapes at the MBT
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm   God Spelled Backwards
    Find out more about Sylva Kelegian's journey from reluctant New York dog adopter to passionate animal rescuer in Hollywood when she reads from God Spelled Backwards: The Journey of an Actress into the World of Dog Rescue at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Sunday Night Fusion
    A community partner dance dubbed "Sunday Night Fusion" takes place from 7-9pm every Sunday at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event explores "co-creative partner dance inspired by a variety of beautiful music." No experience is necessary. Entry is $5 at the door.
    Presence Studio :: www.presence-studio.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Albert Lee
    Grammy-winning rockabilly guitarist Albert Lee—often referred to as "the guitar player's guitar player"—performs with special guest Kate Taylor at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Lee has worked with some of the biggest names in music (Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, and the Everly Brothers, for example), but has also maintained a solid solo career. Tickets are $20-$35.
    Lincoln Theatre :: www.lincolntheatre.org

Monday, July 25, 2016   14 events

  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Marrowstone Music Festival
    Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 28, 30 and 31 and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and the Mount Baker Theatre. Prices vary.
    Western Washington University :: www.marrowstone.org
  • All Day   Bard on the Beach
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
    Vanier Park :: www.bardonthebeach.org
  • All Day   Boating Center Open
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • Ends 5:00pm   Skagit Tours
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
    www.skagittours.com
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm   Kids Can Cook
    Chicken tacos, fresh fruit shortcakes, cold summer soup, vegetable kebabs, and funny face salads will be on the lineup when Annalee Dunn leads a "Kids Can Cook: Eat Local!" class from 12-2pm today and Thursday at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $50.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm   We Grow Market
    Stock up on organic fruit, veggies and flowers when the We Grow Market Stand—a vocational project for at-risk and homeless youth in our community—sells its wares from 3-5pm every Monday through September in front of Northwest Youth Services, 1020 N. State St.
    Northwest Youth Services :: www.nwys.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm   Summe Fish
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Selva Wohlgemuth prepares halibut ceviche, roasted miso and honey black cod, and zesty rock fish tacos while highlighting the health and environmental benefits of local and sustainable seafood at a "Tasty Summer Fish" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $35.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.communityfood.coop
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Literary Open Mic
    Local writer and teacher Laurel Leigh helms a monthly literary-minded Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At the event, bot published and unpublished writers can share their stories, poems and essays. Sign up on the first floor or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm   Poetrynight
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.
    Bellingham Public Library :: www.poetrynight.org
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm   Guffawingham
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free.
    Green Frog :: www.acoustictavern.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2016   17 events

  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Marrowstone Music Festival
    Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 28, 30 and 31 and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and the Mount Baker Theatre. Prices vary.
    Western Washington University :: www.marrowstone.org
  • All Day   Bard on the Beach
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
    Vanier Park :: www.bardonthebeach.org
  • All Day   Boating Center Open
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • 10:00am - 11:00am   Parkinson's Dance Class
    Adrienne Wrightson will lead a Movement Class for people with Parkinson's disease, MS and other movement disorders at 10am at Inside Out Studio, 103 E. Holly St, suite #405. Entry is $10; participants can sign up for the remaining two classes or drop in on a space-available basis.
    Inside Out Studio :: www.insideoutbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm   All-Paces Run
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes―by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Sunset History Cruise
    Join Whatcom Museum's 33rd annual "History Sunset Cruise" outings at 6:15pm leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher will take turns at the helm of the educational and picturesque excursions aboard San Juan Cruises' Victoria Star Tuesdays through Aug. 30. Their narrative of history, trivia and current events will give passengers a new understanding of the bay―and the city itself. Entry is $28-$35. Reservations are recommended.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm   Alpine Climbing
    Mt. Baker Climbing Ranger Brandon Helmstetter leads an "Alpine Climbing" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. At the free event, he'll cover invaluable information about climbing routes, hazards and camps for anyone attempting to summit Baker this summer. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm   Summer Book Club
    Adults can get together with friends to read or talk about a book that has been chosen as not to be missed at today's Award-Winning Summer Reading Book Book Club from 6:30-7:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Library staff will host and serve refreshments.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm   Bellingham Reads
    Discuss Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry at a Bellingham Reads book group meeting at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7236
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm   BIFT
    Four Upfront Theatre improvisors will present two sets of short-form improv comedy games at Beer + Improv + Food Truck (BIFT) shows at 6:30pm every Tuesday through Aug. 30 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Tickets to the interactive, family-friendly comedy show are $5 (free for those 12 and under).
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: www.theupfront.com or www.bbaybrewery.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm   East Indian Burritos
    Balabhadra leads a "East Indian Vegetarian Burrito Bar" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. A buffet-style burrito bar will allow students to customize their creations. Other than one chutney that contains yogurt, all food is vegan. Fees are $35.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Happiness Guide
    Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition, shares ideas from Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Using simple language, he provides experiential instructions for life-transforming happiness.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm   Skagit Folk Dancers
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: www.skagitfolkdancers.org

Wednesday, July 27, 2016   18 events

  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Marrowstone Music Festival
    Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 28, 30 and 31 and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and the Mount Baker Theatre. Prices vary.
    Western Washington University :: www.marrowstone.org
  • Starts 10:00am   Tall Ship Sails and Tours
    Take part in tours and public sails on the historic tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain through Aug. 3 leaving from the Squalicum Harbor Marina, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. Suggested donation to tour the boats is $5. Prices for adventure sails, evening sails and battle sails range from $35-$75. Following their time in Bellingham, the boats will dock in Blaine Aug. 5-7 as part of Drayton Harbor Days.
    Squalicum Harbor Marina :: www.historicalseaport.org
  • Starts 6:00pm   Anacortes Summer Series
    The Port of Anacortes Summer Concert Series features the swing sounds of the A'Town Big Band from 6-8pm Wednesday at Seafarers Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers Way. From 6-8pm Friday, hear jazz and electric swing with Good Co. Both concerts are free; the series continues with shows Aug. 12 (Chris Eger Band), Aug. 19 (Rabbit Wilde), and Aug. 26 (The Naughty Blokes).
    Seafarers Memorial Park :: www.portofanacortes.com
  • Ends 10:00pm   Bard on the Beach
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
    Vanier Park :: www.bardonthebeach.org
  • Ends 8:00pm   Boating Center Open
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • 10:30am - 11:30am   Read with the Sheriff
    Kids 5 and under (and their keepers) can attend a "Read with the Sheriff" event at 10:30am in Sudden Valley at the South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. After reading a book with the Whatcom County Sheriff, attendees can check out his vehicle and equipment.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm   Bellingham City Club Meeting
    "Is the Initiative I-732 the Right Answer for Reducing Carbon Emissions in Washington State?" will be the focus of a Bellingham City Club discussion and luncheon from 11:30am-1:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. At the event, featured speakers Yoram Bauman and Jeff Johnson will explain and debate the pros and cons of the initiative. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session. Entry is $5-$18.
    Northwood Hall :: www.bellinghamcityclub.org
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm   Wednesday Market
    Attend the Wednesday Market from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Approximately 25 vendors will offer fresh local produce, crafts, tasty treats and more every Wednesday through Sept. 30.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm   Music at Noon
    Western Washington University will conclude its annual Summer Noon Concert Series with a performance by Actionesse at 12pm at the outdoor plaza in front of the Performing Arts Center.
    Performing Arts Center :: (360) 650-2390
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm   Lynden Book Club
    Share what you’re reading and gain ideas for your next read at a Book Enthusiasts Book Club meeting from 12:30-1:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Don't worry if you don't have a book to share, as staff will always have a few to talk about.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm   Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market
    The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market takes place from 3-7pm every Wednesday through Oct. 12 at the town's Hammer Heritage Square, 640 Metcalf St.
    Hammer Heritage Square :: www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Downtown Sounds
    Rabbit Wilde and Heels to the Hardwood continue Downtown Bellingham Partnership's 13th annual "Downtown Sounds" concert series at 6pm at the intersection of Bay and Prospect streets—which will be closed to traffic and be full of food, vendors, a beer garden and family-friendly activities. The free series concludes with an Aug. 3 show with Lyrics Born and Mostafa's Super Group.
    Bay Street :: www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Open Craft Night
    A staff member will be on hand for basic sewing support at tonight's "Open Craft Night" taking place from 6-8pm at Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest St. At the free event, participants can bring their projects, supplies and creativity.
    Ragfinery :: www.ragfinery.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm   Brewers Cruise
    Tonight's "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, and McMenamin's Anderson School starting at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises' dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $39. Other food-and-drink-related excursions include "UnWINEd on the Bay" on Thursdays and Chuckanut Cracked Crab Dinner Cruises.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: www.whales.com

Thursday, July 28, 2016   27 events

  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Marrowstone Music Festival
    Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 28, 30 and 31 and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and the Mount Baker Theatre. Prices vary.
    Western Washington University :: www.marrowstone.org
  • All Day   Tall Ship Sails and Tours
    Take part in tours and public sails on the historic tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain through Aug. 3 leaving from the Squalicum Harbor Marina, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. Suggested donation to tour the boats is $5. Prices for adventure sails, evening sails and battle sails range from $35-$75. Following their time in Bellingham, the boats will dock in Blaine Aug. 5-7 as part of Drayton Harbor Days.
    Squalicum Harbor Marina :: www.historicalseaport.org
  • Starts 12:00pm   Bard on the Beach
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
    Vanier Park :: www.bardonthebeach.org
  • Starts 12:00pm   Boating Center Open
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • Starts 12:00pm   Skagit Tours
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
    Skagit County :: www.skagittours.com
  • Starts 8:00pm   Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
    The Noah Wotherspoon Band, Carson Diersing, Magnus Berg, the Wasteland Kings, Josey Wales, the Bobby Patterson Band, the Naughty Blokes, Popa Chubby, and Selwyn Birchwood will be among the performers taking part in the 21st annual Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival taking place Thursday night through Sunday afternoon at the Deming Log Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd. Day passes are $70-$75; passes for the weekend are $135.
    Deming Log Show Grounds :: www.bakerblues.com
  • Starts 10:00am   Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic
    Celebrate the rich history of the area and the great people that call it home at the annual "Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic" taking place Thursday through Sunday at Ferndale's Pioneer Park—and beyond. Events include parades, a 5K run, live music, a classic car show, a barn dance, class reunions, local food and craft vendors, activities for kids, tours of the historical structures and much more. Prices vary for events.
    Pioneer Park :: www.whatcomoldsettlers.com
  • Starts 7:00pm   Beauty & the Beast Jr.
    Showings of Beauty and the Beast Jr. conclude this weekend with performances at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $5-$12.
    Whidbey Playhouse :: www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
  • Starts 7:30pm   That's Not My Department
    Local playwright Willow McLaughlin's That's Not My Department continues this week with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The comedy focuses on a woman who starts a new job at an upscale department store, only to realize the place is full of wacky employees and even crazier customers. Tickets are $20; additional shows happen through Aug. 13.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: www.acttheatre.com
  • Starts 7:00pm   The Lion King
    Performers ages 9-16 will share their talents at performances of The Lion King at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. The shows are the culmination of a three-week summer theater camp. Tickets to the musical are $10 in advance or at the door.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: www.baay.org
  • Starts 7:30pm   The Shoe Play
    Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of Quality: The Shoe Play at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's 12th Street Shoes, 1204 Harris Ave. The black comedy by Vancouver playwright Elaine Avila focuses on two ambitious women as they attempt to navigate and conquer the world of selling high-end designer shoes. Tickets are $15 and additional performances happen Aug. 4-6.
    12th Street Shoes :: www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
  • Starts 7:00pm   The Wizard of Oz
    The Ferndale Summer Youth Theatre Institute presents The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers' Edition at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 3pm and 7pm Saturday at Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets are $5.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • Starts 7:30pm   Graffiti Dance Theater
    Western Washington University's theater and dance department brings its Graffiti Dance Theater onstage for shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Choreographer and artistic director Nolan Dennett says the show "is not story ballet or hip-hop funk. It is mysterious at times, breathtaking at others and has appeal for the whole family." Tickets are $5-$10.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • Starts 7:00pm   Shakespeare NW
    See the Bard's classic tale of love and money set in a town that's known to love its money when The Merchant of Vegas shows at 7pm Thursday at Mount Vernon's Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Familial strife, an impending war with Rome, a villainous Italian, rugged mountaineers and hilarious hijinks will make appearances when Cymbeline shows at 7pm Friday. From 1-7pm Saturday, attend the annual "Iron Man" event, which features showings of both the aforementioned plays, plus Shakespeare's Wonderland: An Elizabethan View Through the Looking Glass. Tickets are $30-$35.
    Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater :: www.shakesnw.org
  • All Day   Anacortes Summer Series
    The Port of Anacortes Summer Concert Series features the swing sounds of the A'Town Big Band from 6-8pm Wednesday at Seafarers Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers Way. From 6-8pm Friday, hear jazz and electric swing with Good Co. Both concerts are free; the series continues with shows Aug. 12 (Chris Eger Band), Aug. 19 (Rabbit Wilde), and Aug. 26 (The Naughty Blokes).
    Seafarers Memorial Park :: www.portofanacortes.com
  • 1:00pm - 6:00pm   Bow Little Market
    Peruse produce and more when 30-plus vendors sell their wares at the Bow Little Market from 1-6pm every Thursday through Sept. 1 at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green (south of Bow Hill Rd.).
    Belfast Feed Store :: www.bowlittlemarket.com
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm   Blues, Brews & BBQ
    The Atlantics will perform at tonight's "Blues, Brews & BBQ" summer music series taking place from 5-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. The concerts continue Thursdays through Sept. 1. Entry is free.
    Hotel Bellwether :: www.hotelbellwether.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm   Westfalia
    Westfalia performs from 5-7pm at the piano lounge at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Entry is free. Wine, beer and food will be available for purchase.
    Jansen Art Center :: www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Elizabeth Park Concert Series
    Singer Cheryl Hodge will join the Swing Connection Big Band for a performance from 6-8pm at the summer concert series at the Columbia neighborhood's Elizabeth Park. The free, family-friendly concerts continue every Thursday through Aug. 25. Food is available to purchase, or bring a picnic.
    Elizabeth Park :: www.theeldridgesociety.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Riverwalk Summer Concert Series
    The Geoffrey Castle Trio brings its electric violin-centered tunes to the Riverwalk Summer Concert Series from 6-8pm at the Riverwalk Plaza in historic Mount Vernon. The free series continues every Thursday through Sept. 1.
    Riverwalk Plaza :: www.riverwalkconcerts.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Culinary Herbs
    Kelly Atterberry and Anna Derrer focus on "Culinary Herbs" at a free class at 6pm at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St. The duo will focus on the medicinal qualities of certain herbs, such as parsley, sage, oregano and thyme. Please register in advance.
    Skagit Valley Food Co-op :: www.skagitfoodcoop.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   A songwriter's story
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Chuckanut Radio Hour
    Local author and musician Jesse McRae will be the featured author at the monthly Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. In addition to readings from My Four-Minute Life: The Journey of a Very Human Songwriter, Steve Webb will perform some of McRae's songs, and there'll also be contributions by Alan Rhodes, Kevin Murphy, and more. Tickets are $5.
    Whatcom Community College :: www.villagebooks.com

Friday, July 29, 2016   32 events

  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Marrowstone Music Festival
    Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 28, 30 and 31 and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and the Mount Baker Theatre. Prices vary.
    Western Washington University :: www.marrowstone.org
  • All Day   Tall Ship Sails and Tours
    Take part in tours and public sails on the historic tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain through Aug. 3 leaving from the Squalicum Harbor Marina, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. Suggested donation to tour the boats is $5. Prices for adventure sails, evening sails and battle sails range from $35-$75. Following their time in Bellingham, the boats will dock in Blaine Aug. 5-7 as part of Drayton Harbor Days.
    Squalicum Harbor Marina :: www.historicalseaport.org
  • All Day   Boating Center Open
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day   Bard on the Beach
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
    Vanier Park :: www.bardonthebeach.org
  • All Day   Skagit Tours
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
    Skagit County :: www.skagittours.com
  • All Day   Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
    The Noah Wotherspoon Band, Carson Diersing, Magnus Berg, the Wasteland Kings, Josey Wales, the Bobby Patterson Band, the Naughty Blokes, Popa Chubby, and Selwyn Birchwood will be among the performers taking part in the 21st annual Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival taking place Thursday night through Sunday afternoon at the Deming Log Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd. Day passes are $70-$75; passes for the weekend are $135.
    Deming Log Show Grounds :: www.bakerblues.com
  • Starts 12:00pm   Plover Rides
    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 :: www.draytonharbormaritime.org
  • All Day   Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic
    Celebrate the rich history of the area and the great people that call it home at the annual "Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic" taking place Thursday through Sunday at Ferndale's Pioneer Park—and beyond. Events include parades, a 5K run, live music, a classic car show, a barn dance, class reunions, local food and craft vendors, activities for kids, tours of the historical structures and much more. Prices vary for events.
    Pioneer Park :: www.whatcomoldsettlers.com
  • All Day   The Lion King
    Performers ages 9-16 will share their talents at performances of The Lion King at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. The shows are the culmination of a three-week summer theater camp. Tickets to the musical are $10 in advance or at the door.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: www.baay.org
  • All Day   That's Not My Department
    Local playwright Willow McLaughlin's That's Not My Department continues this week with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The comedy focuses on a woman who starts a new job at an upscale department store, only to realize the place is full of wacky employees and even crazier customers. Tickets are $20; additional shows happen through Aug. 13.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day   Beauty & the Beast Jr.
    Showings of Beauty and the Beast Jr. conclude this weekend with performances at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $5-$12.
    Whidbey Playhouse :: www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
  • Starts 8:00am   Birch Bay Music Festival
    Nearly 20 performers from around the region will share their talents at the sixth annual Birch Bay Music Festival taking place from 8am-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am-7pm Sunday on the grounds of the former Homestead Golf Course, 7878 Birch Bay Dr. In addition to the music, there will be vendors, food, a beer and wine garden, raffles and more. Entry is by donation; funds raised support local animal welfare organizations for dogs, cats and orcas.
    Homestead Golf Course :: www.birchbaymusicfestival.com
  • All Day   The Shoe Play
    Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of Quality: The Shoe Play at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's 12th Street Shoes, 1204 Harris Ave. The black comedy by Vancouver playwright Elaine Avila focuses on two ambitious women as they attempt to navigate and conquer the world of selling high-end designer shoes. Tickets are $15 and additional performances happen Aug. 4-6.
    12th Street Shoes :: www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
  • Starts 7:00pm   Sin & Gin Tours
    Learn more about the history of vice and sin that helped make the foundation of our urban locales what they are today at the Good Time Girls' annual "Sin & Gin Tours" at 7pm Friday in Fairhaven next to Skylark's Hidden Cafe (1308 11th St.) and 7pm Saturday at the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St.). Tickets to take part in the tours—which are led by costumed historians—are $15 general and $20 with a drink. Tours take place weekends through Aug. 27.
    Historic Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham :: www.thebureaubellingham.com
  • Starts 9:00pm   An Improvised Musical
    Mainstage players will take on the magical world of musicals for the final weekend at performances of "An Improvised Musical" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Plot, lyrics, music, choreography and comedy will be combined to make epic productions worthy of Broadway. Entry is $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: www.theupfront.com
  • All Day   The Wizard of Oz
    The Ferndale Summer Youth Theatre Institute presents The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers' Edition at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 3pm and 7pm Saturday at Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets are $5.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • All Day   Graffiti Dance Theater
    Western Washington University's theater and dance department brings its Graffiti Dance Theater onstage for shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Choreographer and artistic director Nolan Dennett says the show "is not story ballet or hip-hop funk. It is mysterious at times, breathtaking at others and has appeal for the whole family." Tickets are $5-$10.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • All Day   Shakespeare NW
    See the Bard's classic tale of love and money set in a town that's known to love its money when The Merchant of Vegas shows at 7pm Thursday at Mount Vernon's Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Familial strife, an impending war with Rome, a villainous Italian, rugged mountaineers and hilarious hijinks will make appearances when Cymbeline shows at 7pm Friday. From 1-7pm Saturday, attend the annual "Iron Man" event, which features showings of both the aforementioned plays, plus Shakespeare's Wonderland: An Elizabethan View Through the Looking Glass. Tickets are $30-$35.
    Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater :: www.shakesnw.org
  • Ends 6:00pm   Anacortes Summer Series
    The Port of Anacortes Summer Concert Series features the swing sounds of the A'Town Big Band from 6-8pm Wednesday at Seafarers Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers Way. From 6-8pm Friday, hear jazz and electric swing with Good Co. Both concerts are free; the series continues with shows Aug. 12 (Chris Eger Band), Aug. 19 (Rabbit Wilde), and Aug. 26 (The Naughty Blokes).
    Seafarers Memorial Park :: www.portofanacortes.com
  • 9:30am - 11:00am   Wild Things
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am at North Lake Whatcom Park. Suggested donation is $5.
    North Lake Whatcom Park :: www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm   Children's Craft Fair
    Enjoy a wide array of crafts and baked goods made by children at registered booths at the 48th annual Children's Craft Fair taking place from 11am-1pm on the lawn of the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. All items will be priced at $4 or less.
    Bellingham Public Library :: www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 12:30pm - 4:00pm   Charity Golf Tournament
    Sign up for Draper Valley Farms' second annual Charity Golf Tournament starting at 12:30pm at Burlington's Avalon Golf Links, 19345 Kelleher Rd. Entry is $100 per person, or $400 per team, and include a round of golf, lunch, one raffle ticket and a gift bag.
    Avalon Golf Links :: www.drapervalleyfarms.com
  • 1:00pm - 6:00pm   Ferndale Farmers Market
    Local vendors and farmers will sell their wares at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 1-6pm every Friday through Oct. 28 at 2007 Cherry St.
    Cherry Street :: www.ferndalepublicmarket.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Salmon Dinner Sail
    Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food when the three-hour "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" returns this week aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. Additional sails happen Aug. 5 and 19, and Sept. 2.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: www.schoonerzodiac.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Farm Tunes
    Swedish Mafia performs on the patio as part of the summer's "Farm Tunes" series from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. At the free event, you can enjoy "food, spirits and fun."
    BelleWood Acres :: www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm   Dancing on the Green
    Bellingham Parks and Rec's weekly "Dancing on the Green" event takes place from 7-9:30pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Tonight's gathering kicks off with a lesson by Bellingham Dance Company, followed by foxtrot, tango and waltzing. The free summer series continues Fridays through Aug. 26.
    Bellingham Dance Company :: www.danceinbellingham.com/dancing-on-the-green
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Wine and Music
    Show up at from 7-9pm for a "Concert in the Courtyard" at Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar, located inside Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. A special weekend wine tasting, glass pours and plenty of food options will be available. Entry is free.
    Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar :: www.artifactswinebar.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Not a Werewolf Story
    Sandra Evans reads from This Is Not a Werewolf Story at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The middle grade book of fiction focuses on Raul, a loner with a secret.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com

TODAY   50 events

  • Starts 5:12am   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Stars under the stars
  • All Day   Marrowstone Music Festival
    Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 28, 30 and 31 and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and the Mount Baker Theatre. Prices vary.
    Western Washington University :: www.marrowstone.org
  • All Day   Tall Ship Sails and Tours
    Take part in tours and public sails on the historic tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain through Aug. 3 leaving from the Squalicum Harbor Marina, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. Suggested donation to tour the boats is $5. Prices for adventure sails, evening sails and battle sails range from $35-$75. Following their time in Bellingham, the boats will dock in Blaine Aug. 5-7 as part of Drayton Harbor Days.
    Squalicum Harbor Marina :: www.historicalseaport.org
  • All Day   Boating Center Open
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day   Bard on the Beach
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
    Vanier Park :: www.bardonthebeach.org
  • All Day   Skagit Tours
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
    Skagit County :: www.skagittours.com
  • All Day   Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
    The Noah Wotherspoon Band, Carson Diersing, Magnus Berg, the Wasteland Kings, Josey Wales, the Bobby Patterson Band, the Naughty Blokes, Popa Chubby, and Selwyn Birchwood will be among the performers taking part in the 21st annual Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival taking place Thursday night through Sunday afternoon at the Deming Log Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd. Day passes are $70-$75; passes for the weekend are $135.
    Deming Log Show Grounds :: www.bakerblues.com
  • All Day   Plover Rides
    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 :: www.draytonharbormaritime.org
  • All Day   Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic
    Celebrate the rich history of the area and the great people that call it home at the annual "Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic" taking place Thursday through Sunday at Ferndale's Pioneer Park—and beyond. Events include parades, a 5K run, live music, a classic car show, a barn dance, class reunions, local food and craft vendors, activities for kids, tours of the historical structures and much more. Prices vary for events.
    Pioneer Park :: www.whatcomoldsettlers.com
  • All Day   That's Not My Department
    Local playwright Willow McLaughlin's That's Not My Department continues this week with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The comedy focuses on a woman who starts a new job at an upscale department store, only to realize the place is full of wacky employees and even crazier customers. Tickets are $20; additional shows happen through Aug. 13.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day   The Lion King
    Performers ages 9-16 will share their talents at performances of The Lion King at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. The shows are the culmination of a three-week summer theater camp. Tickets to the musical are $10 in advance or at the door.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: www.baay.org
  • All Day   Beauty & the Beast Jr.
    Showings of Beauty and the Beast Jr. conclude this weekend with performances at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $5-$12.
    Whidbey Playhouse :: www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
  • All Day   Birch Bay Music Festival
    Nearly 20 performers from around the region will share their talents at the sixth annual Birch Bay Music Festival taking place from 8am-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am-7pm Sunday on the grounds of the former Homestead Golf Course, 7878 Birch Bay Dr. In addition to the music, there will be vendors, food, a beer and wine garden, raffles and more. Entry is by donation; funds raised support local animal welfare organizations for dogs, cats and orcas.
    Homestead Golf Course :: www.birchbaymusicfestival.com
  • Ends 9:30pm   The Shoe Play
    Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of Quality: The Shoe Play at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's 12th Street Shoes, 1204 Harris Ave. The black comedy by Vancouver playwright Elaine Avila focuses on two ambitious women as they attempt to navigate and conquer the world of selling high-end designer shoes. Tickets are $15 and additional performances happen Aug. 4-6.
    12th Street Shoes :: www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
  • Ends 9:00pm   An Improvised Musical
    Mainstage players will take on the magical world of musicals for the final weekend at performances of "An Improvised Musical" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Plot, lyrics, music, choreography and comedy will be combined to make epic productions worthy of Broadway. Entry is $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: www.theupfront.com
  • Ends 9:00pm   Sin & Gin Tours
    Learn more about the history of vice and sin that helped make the foundation of our urban locales what they are today at the Good Time Girls' annual "Sin & Gin Tours" at 7pm Friday in Fairhaven next to Skylark's Hidden Cafe (1308 11th St.) and 7pm Saturday at the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St.). Tickets to take part in the tours—which are led by costumed historians—are $15 general and $20 with a drink. Tours take place weekends through Aug. 27.
    Historic Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham :: www.thebureaubellingham.com
  • Ends 9:00pm   The Wizard of Oz
    The Ferndale Summer Youth Theatre Institute presents The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers' Edition at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 3pm and 7pm Saturday at Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets are $5.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • Ends 7:30pm   Graffiti Dance Theater
    Western Washington University's theater and dance department brings its Graffiti Dance Theater onstage for shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Choreographer and artistic director Nolan Dennett says the show "is not story ballet or hip-hop funk. It is mysterious at times, breathtaking at others and has appeal for the whole family." Tickets are $5-$10.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • Ends 7:00pm   Shakespeare NW
    See the Bard's classic tale of love and money set in a town that's known to love its money when The Merchant of Vegas shows at 7pm Thursday at Mount Vernon's Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Familial strife, an impending war with Rome, a villainous Italian, rugged mountaineers and hilarious hijinks will make appearances when Cymbeline shows at 7pm Friday. From 1-7pm Saturday, attend the annual "Iron Man" event, which features showings of both the aforementioned plays, plus Shakespeare's Wonderland: An Elizabethan View Through the Looking Glass. Tickets are $30-$35.
    Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater :: www.shakesnw.org
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm   Healthy Kids Day
    Attend "Bellingham Healthy Kids Day" from 8am-2pm at Unity Care Northwest, 220 Unity St. The event will offer free services to kids ages 4-18, such as well child exams, sports physicals and dental exams. There will also be a variety of family-friendly activities offered by the WTA, Sportsplex, Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Circus Guild, and more. Entry is free and no appointment is necessary.
    Unity Care Northwest :: www.unitycarenw.org
  • 9:00am - 11:00am   Worm Composting 101
    Beginners, experienced worm farmers, home composters and anyone who has ever been curious about worms and soil can join "worm wrangler" Paige for a "Worm Composting 101" workshop at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Please register in advance for the free event.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: 676-5480 or www.garden-spot.com
  • 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 :: www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
  • 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. 15 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 :: www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm   Twin Sisters Farmers Market
    Purchase farm-fresh goods at the Twin Sisters Market taking place from 9am-3pm in Deming at Nugent's Corner, and 3-6pm in Maple Falls at Kendall Elementary School every Saturday through October.
    Nugent's Corner :: www.twinsistermarket.wordpress.com
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Foothills Arts and Crafts Fair
    Support local artists, listen to live music and get a bite to eat at the third annual Foothills Arts and Crafts Fair taking place from 10am-5pm in downtown Maple Falls, 7802 Silver Lake Rd. Funds raised will help go toward the future Maple Falls Park.
    Maple Falls :: www.maplefallspark.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm   Art of Camouflage
    Join Wild Whatcom for an "Art of Camouflage" excursion from 10am-12pm at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. The interactive program will feature naturalist knowledge and outdoor skills. Suggested donation is $12; advance registration is required.
    Lake Padden Park :: www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm   Blaine Gardeners Market
    Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 685 Peace Portal Dr.
    Peace Portal Drive :: www.blainechamber.com
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Summer Harvest Day
    Get a behind-the-scenes look at what's involved in running a nonprofit education farm center at a Summer Harvest Day from 10am-5pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Attendees can taste freshly harvested fruits and veggies, explore the orchards, learn about beekeeping, take guided farm walks, hear about the center's community education program, watch propagation demos and more. Entry is free.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm   Samish Island Arts Festival
    Attend the 20th annual Samish Island Arts Festival from 10am-4pm at the Samish Island Community Center, 11292 Blue Heron Rd. In addition to works by featured artist Ann Reid, there'll be plenty of other visual works to peruse and purchase, live music, locally sourced seafood and other edible wares, activites for kids and more. Entry is free.
    Samish Island Community Center :: www.samishisland.net
  • 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 :: www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 11:00am - 3:00pm   Barbecue Fundraiser
    Attend a Pioneer Days Cafe Fundraiser and Bake Sale from 11am-3pm at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $5-$8 and includes pulled pork sandwiches, polish sausage with grilled onions and homemade ice cream sandwiches. The bake sale will feature homemade pies and freshly baked cookies.
    Ferndale Senior Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 12:00pm - 11:30pm   Rockin' the Park
    The Penny Stinkers, Motown Cruisers, and Pretty Twisted will perform at the annual "Rockin' the Park!" event taking place from 12-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Lake Associates Recreation Club (LARC), 21700 SR 9. LARC is a family-friendly, clothing-optional park. Bring along a picnic and beverages, or purchase items from the grill. Entry is $25 at the gate.
    Lake Associates Recreation Club :: www.larcnudists.com
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm   Centennial Social
    Celebrate 100 years of service supporting literacy, community development and intellectual freedom at today's "Centennial Social: Celebrating a Century of Service" from 1-3pm at the pocket park across the street from the west side of the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The event will include ice cream, live music, old-timey games, trivia and preview performances by the New Old Time Chautauqua. Entry is free.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm   Holly Street History Tour
    The Bureau of Historical Investigation teams up with the City of Bellingham to offer "Holly Street History Tours" at 1pm starting in front of the Chuckanut sandstone building at 311 E. Holly St. Please register in advance for the free, all-ages excursion, which covers topics of growth, social reform, the arts, women's history, racial tensions and more. Tours continue Saturdays through Sept. 24.
    Downtown Bellingham :: www.eventbrite.com
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm   Three Silly Goats Gruff
    Kids ages 5-8 will share their theatrical talents when Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's Pixie students present Three Silly Goats Gruff at 2pm at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages show is by donation at the door.
    BAAY Theatre :: www.baay.org
  • 2:00pm - 11:30pm   Fundraiser Fun
    Live music and more will be part of the fourth annual "Autism Awareness" fundraiser put on by Faces NW from 2-6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. From 7pm-12am, attend "Operation Warm"—a fundraiser by local firefighters that focuses on buying jackets for low-income children. Entry is $5 to the first event, and a suggested $10 for the second.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: www.bbaybrewery.com
  • 2:00pm - 11:30pm   Lost Hours and Harry Potter
    Bring the kids along when award-winning playwright Nicola Pearson and 13-year-old illustrator Maya Keagan read from The Lost Hour: A Grand Globetrotting Adventure with Six O'Clock & Friends at 2pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. From 6:30pm-12am, attend a release party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parks I & II. A costume contest, crafts, activities and viewing of Labyrinth (part of the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema) will be part of the fun.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm   Nooksack River Walk
    Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a free Nooksack River Walk at 3pm at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead on the Mt. Baker Hwy. Attendees can learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs on the hands-on stream walk led by Nooksack River Steward volunteers.
    Horseshoe Bend Trailhead :: www.n-sea.org
  • 3:00pm - 9:00pm   Experience Arts Festival
    Karl Blau, Peter Irving, De La Rosa Trio, Fantasy, Sky Colony, Lizzie Weber, Fantasy, Peter Ali, and Birdsview Bluegrass will be among the musicians performing at today's Experience Arts Festival from 3-9pm at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. The outdoor, all-ages event will also feature theater, circus and dance performances, face painting, arts and crafts booths, art projects and more. Admission is $10 (free for kids 12 and under).
    Conway Muse :: www.rickeptingfoundation.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm   Movie-Writing Curiosity Class
    Catch a glimpse into the process of writing a screenplay for feature-length films when the Indie Film Group hosts a free Movie-Writing Curiosity Class from 4-5pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free; register in advance.
    Bellingham Public Library :: www.indiefilmgroup.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Hot Damn Scandal
    Hear "tipsy American gypsy blues" when Hot Damn Scandal performs as part of a summer music series from 6-8pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. Tickets are $8.
    Heart of Anacortes :: www.heartofanacortes.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Snug Harbor
    Pack a picnic and bring along friends and family for a free City of Bellingham-sponsored concert by Snug Harbor from 7-9pm at Boulevard Park. A final concert with Maggie's Fury at the loverly waterfront venue takes place Sat., Aug. 13.
    Boulevard Park :: www.cob.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   New Old Time Chautauqua
    Expect to see everything from juggling to magic, music, trapeze acts, dance, storytellers, poets and more when the New Old Time Chautauqua returns to Mount Vernon for a 7pm performance at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band will accompany each performance with "rousing music and zany wisecracks." Tickets are $10-$20.
    Lincoln Theatre :: www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm   Soloman
    World traveler Jack van Ommen will share the exciting account of his solo circumnavigation of the globe at a free "SoloMan" presentation from 7:30-9pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm   Ruth Vanden Bos
    Seattle-based violinist Ruth Vanden Bos performs at 7:30pm in the chamber hall at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Brennan Vanden Bos, Ruth’s older brother, will join the performance as a special guest, playing clarinet. Ruth will be accompanied by pianist, Mary VanHulzen. Her performance will include pieces from Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi and more. Tickets are $10.
    Jansen Art Center :: www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm   Kirtan and Chant
    Global vocalist Gina Salá and tabla great Daniel Paul will be joined by other musicians for an "Evening of Kirtan" performance at 8pm at 3 Oms Yoga, 1319 Cornwall Ave., suite 200. No particular ability or belief system is required to attend. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
    3 Oms Yoga :: www.brownpapertickets.com