Week of August 28, 2016

Sunday, August 28 17 events
  • 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 :: http://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.
  • 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.
  • 10:00am Discover Birch Bay Days 
    A grand parade, an arts and crafts fair, live music, a beer garden, a Ducky Derby race, a crab derby and boil and more will be part of the 37th annual Discover Birch Bay Days & Crab Fest (formerly "Discovery Days") from 10am-7pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday on the 7800 block of Birch Bay Dr. Entry is free (sponsor a duck for $5).
    Birch Bay Drive :: http://www.birchbaychamber.com
  • 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.
  • 12:00pm A Swinging Weekend 
    Swing Connection, Skagit Swings and the A Band will perform at a Big Band Bash from 12-5pm Saturday at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. From 2-4pm Sunday, Swing Connection and singer Cheryl Hodge will return to the venue for their final outdoor concert of summer. Entry to both events is by donation.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: http://www.swingconnection.org
  • 7:30pm A Little Night Music 
    A concert version of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music will close out Western Summer Theatre's season with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Audiences can spend a weekend in the Swedish countryside following the story of an aging actress, the men who love her and their jealous wives. Thanks to a professional orchestra, a company of talented singing actors and the skills of director Heather Dudenbostel and her husband, conductor Ryan Dudenbostel, the show is a perfect way to round out the summer session. Tickets are $11-$18.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 6:30am - 7:30pm Chuckanut Classic 
    The Mount Baker Bicycle Club hosts its annual "Chuckanut Classic" (formerly "Chuckanut Century") from 6:30am-5pm starting and ending at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Participants can choose from a distance of 25-, 38-, 50-, 62-, 100- or 124-mile rides. No matter which route you choose, you’ll be treated to Whatcom County’s finest roads and sights. All the routes are on quiet, low-traffic roads—many of them right along the ocean. Entry is $65-$70.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm 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 :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 8:00am - 10:00am Veterans Breakfast 
    Veterans, their families and guests are invited to a monthly Sunday Breakfast from 8-10am at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. Entry is $7.
    VFW Post 1585 :: (360) 734-5520
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Run to Fight Blindness 
    Help raise funds for Eyewitness Missions— a nonprofit that provides eye care and surgery to undeserved populations—at a "Run to Fight Blindness" starting at 9am in Anacortes at Cascadia Eye, 1110 12th St. Entry is $25.
    Cascadia Eye :: http://www.cascadiaeye.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Marsh Mucking 
    Kids ages 5 and up and adults can join Wild Whatcom for a "Marsh Mucking" nature adventure from 10am-12pm at Ferndale's Tennant Lake Interpretive Center. Attendees will "make like muskrats" and explore the tall grass and mucky glop of the marsh and swamp. Entry is $8-$12; please register in advance.
    Tennant Lake Interpretive Center :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 11:00am - 3:00pm Anacortes Open Streets 
    Come to bicycle, walk, skate and enjoy a downtown free of cars at "Anacortes Open Streets" taking place from 11am-3pm on Commercial Avenue (between 10th Street and the Port). The daylong "linear park" will also feature live music, a Buskerfest, BMX bike demos, health and exercise demos , information displays and other entertainment throughout the day. Restaurants and merchants will be open for business.
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm International Concert Series Finale 
    Irish fiddle music by Randal Bays and Friends will close out the 10th annual Peace Arch International Concert Series at 2pm at Blaine's Peace Arch Provincial Park. Entry is free, but a Washington State Parks Discover Pass is required for parking inside of the park.
    Peace Arch Provincial Park :: http://www.peacearchpark.org
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Cirque Literary Journal Reading 
    A score of writers and poets from the region who have contributed to the Cirque Literary Journal will be part of a reading from 3-4:30pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Now in its seventh year, Cirque—which is based in Anchorage, Alaska—has been called "a gorgeous publication that sets the bar above the usual literary journal." Entry is by donation.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.cirquejournal.com
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Chuckanut Writers Info Session 
    Village Books General Manager Paul Hanson and selected faculty from the "Chuckanut Writers" fall session will discuss this quarter’s classes, and answer questions at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. A partnership of the bookstore and Whatcom Community College, "Chuckanut Writers" is a series of writing classes, seminars and conferences designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey.
  • 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 :: http://www.presence-studio.com
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Monday, August 29 9 events
  • 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 :: http://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.
  • 10:00am 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.
  • 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 :: http://www.nwys.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Music Enrichment Project Meet and Greet 
    The Bellingham Music Enrichment Project will host a Meet and Greet for their Whatcom Youth Choirs from 4-6pm at Piper Music, 1213 Cornwall Ave. Students entering grades 3-8 will begin rehearsing Sept. 12.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Open Mic 
    Laurel Leigh, local writer and teacher, will emcee a monthly Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Both published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and share their stories, poems and essays. Sign up the main counter on the first floor or call the number listed here to register.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Get Out More Tour 
    Get trail-tested tips and regional trip advice when Backpacker Magazine brings its Get Out More Tour to Bellingham with a 7:30pm stop at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. All-star ambassador Randy Propster will lead the 75-minute seminar, and there will also be gar giveaways. Entry is free.
    Backcountry Essentials :: http://www.backpacker.com
  • 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 :: http://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.
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Tuesday, August 30 8 events
  • 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 :: http://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.
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Hiking Basics 
    Learn about trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, local resources and places to go and more at a "Hiking Basics" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free primer.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.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 :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Final History Sunset Cruise 
    Join Whatcom Museum's final "History Sunset Cruise" outing of the season at 6:15pm leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Historians are at the helm of the educational and picturesque excursions aboard San Juan Cruises' Victoria Star. Their narrative of history, trivia and current events gives passengers a new understanding of the bay—and the city itself. Entry is $28-$35. Reservations are recommended.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Final BIFT 
    Upfront Theatre improvisors will present two sets of short-form improv comedy games at the final Beer + Improv + Food Truck (BIFT) show at 6:30pm 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).
  • 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 :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Amnesty International Meeting 
    Join the local chapter of Amnesty International for a 7pm meeting in the upstairs dining area of the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Tonight's gathering will be part of International Day in Support of Victims of Enforced Disappearance. Attendees will write letters on behalf of the more than 130 men and boys who were "disappeared" in Cameroon in December 2014.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcompjc.org
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TODAY 10 events
  • 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 :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 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.
  • 11:30am - 4:30pm Bellingham City Club Meeting 
    "The 2016 Election as an MRI on America" will be the focus of a Bellingham City Club luncheon at 11:30am at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. The presentation will be led by celebrated author, correspondent and documentary filmmaker Hedrick Smith—a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner. Entry is $5-$20 and includes lunch.
  • 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 :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lynden Book Club 
    Adults can share what they're reading and gain ideas for their 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 library staff will always have a few to talk about. If you're so inclined, bring a brown bag lunch along.
    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 :: http://www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Brewers Cruise 
    Tonight's "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery, RAM Brewing, and Black Raven Brewing 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 :: http://www.whales.com
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm The Gun Show 
    Bellingham TheatreWorks presents The Gun Show at 8pm at the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The one-man performance featuring actor Ian Bivins "jumps into the middle of the gun control debate with poignant stories that are sometimes humorous, sometime heartbreaking, but always brutally honest." An additional showing happens Sept. 7. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: ww.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
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Thursday, September 1 12 events
  • 4:00pm Eat Local Month 
    A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op's Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff for Sustainable Connections' annual Eat Local Month, which features various events throughout September. The month will bring Bellingham Beer Week (Sept. 9-18), the Whatcom Farm Tour (Sat., Sept. 10) menu specials at a plethora of participating restaurants, open houses, a coffee home brewing workshop, Chef in the Market, After Hours Markets, gardening workshops, and Seafeast—a new event at the tail end of September celebrating Bellingham's maritime heritage, working waterfront and fishing and seafood industries. See the full schedule online.
    Bellingham and Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • 4:00pm A gold medal standard 
  • 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.
  • 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 :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 10:00am 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.
  • 8:00pm Fiesta 4 Cuba 
    Mojitos and Moves and Rumba Northwest will host a variety of activities Thursday through Saturday as part of "Fiesta 4 Cuba" at various locales in Bellingham (such as Belltower Studios and BAAY Theatre). Attendees can learn Latin dance, enjoy a photo and art exhibit, listen to live music and get the latest travel tips to Cuba. Prices and locales vary. See a full schedule of events online.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.mojitosandmoves.com/cuba
  • 8:00pm Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 
    After leaving their home of 14 years and before moving permanently into the Sylvia Center for the Arts, iDiOM Theater will present Sir Tom Stoppard's "sparkling and absurdist" tragicomedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, at 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Bellingham Circus Guild's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Tickets to the Hamlet parody—which features the tragic events of Shakespeare's play ingeniously retold from the perspective of two minor characters—are $15. Additional performances happen Sept. 8-10.
  • 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 :: http://www.bowlittlemarket.com
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm After-Hours Market 
    More than 20 local farmers and food vendors will provide fresh produce, meat, dairy, baked goods and more at a new After Hours Market taking place from 4-7pm Thursdays through September at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm First Thursday Art Walk 
    Seventeen locations will exhibit original works by outstanding artists at the monthly First Thursday Art Walk taking place from 5-8pm in downtown Mount Vernon. Featured artist David C. Kane will show his paintings, drawings and prints at the Front Gallery (420 Myrtle St). The final Art Walk for 2016 will take place Thurs., Oct. 6.
    Downtown Mount Vernon :: http://www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Riverwalk Summer Concert Series 
    Jazz Underground performs as part of the Riverwalk Summer Concert Series from 6-8pm at the Skagit Riverwalk Park plaza in historic Mount Vernon. The free series concludes with a concert by the Chris Eger Band and the Powerhouse Horns Thurs., Sept. 8. For more info: www.rive
    Skagit Riverwalk Park :: http://www.riverwalkconcerts.com
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Memory to Memoir 
    As part of the "Chuckanut Writers" WhaMemWriMo series, novelist Laura Kalpakian will lead "The Journey from Memory to Memoir" workshop from 5:30-7pm at the Readings Gallery at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This introductory class will provide an overview of the memoir to help guide writers and shape their understanding. Entry is $19; registration is required.
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Friday, September 2 23 events
  • All Day It takes an island 
  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op's Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff for Sustainable Connections' annual Eat Local Month, which features various events throughout September. The month will bring Bellingham Beer Week (Sept. 9-18), the Whatcom Farm Tour (Sat., Sept. 10) menu specials at a plethora of participating restaurants, open houses, a coffee home brewing workshop, Chef in the Market, After Hours Markets, gardening workshops, and Seafeast—a new event at the tail end of September celebrating Bellingham's maritime heritage, working waterfront and fishing and seafood industries. See the full schedule online.
    Bellingham and Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • All Day A gold medal standard 
  • 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.
  • 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 :: http://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.
  • 10:03am Party in the park 
  • 5:00pm Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival 
    Two stages with live music and entertainment will be part of the inaugural Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival taking place Friday through Monday at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park. In addition to nationally-recognized bluegrass bands, emerging artists from across the country, and plenty of local talent, the event will also feature a craft and food vendor area, beer garden, contests for instrumentalists, informal jam areas, an instrument swap meet, a children’s stage with entertainment and activities and more. Tickets are $15-$55 (children 12 and under are free).
    Hovander Homestead Park :: http://www.hhbgf.org
  • 5:00pm Oak Harbor Music Festival 
    Ayron Jones and the Way, Penguin Prison, Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, the Fame Riot, L.A. Edwards, LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends, Jelly Break, Scotty Jay, Dodgy Mountain Men, the Believers, Rust on the Rails, Simple Minded Symphony and many, many more acts will share their talents on Whidbey Island at the Oak Harbor Music Festival taking place from 5-11pm Friday, 10am-11pm Saturday, and 10am-6pm Sunday in historic downtown Oak Harbor. The event will also include art, a beer garden, food and plenty of family fun. Admission is free.
  • 12:00pm Final Plover Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs through this weekend from 12-8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday 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.
  • All Day Fiesta 4 Cuba 
    Mojitos and Moves and Rumba Northwest will host a variety of activities Thursday through Saturday as part of "Fiesta 4 Cuba" at various locales in Bellingham (such as Belltower Studios and BAAY Theatre). Attendees can learn Latin dance, enjoy a photo and art exhibit, listen to live music and get the latest travel tips to Cuba. Prices and locales vary. See a full schedule of events online.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.mojitosandmoves.com/cuba
  • 7:30pm Recent Tragic Events 
    A small cast will use a variety of theatrical devices to explore post-9/11 America, the human condition and free will and fate when ACT Fringe presents Recent Tragic Events at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the thought-provoking play are $10; additional shows happen Sept. 9-10.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 
    After leaving their home of 14 years and before moving permanently into the Sylvia Center for the Arts, iDiOM Theater will present Sir Tom Stoppard's "sparkling and absurdist" tragicomedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, at 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Bellingham Circus Guild's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Tickets to the Hamlet parody—which features the tragic events of Shakespeare's play ingeniously retold from the perspective of two minor characters—are $15. Additional performances happen Sept. 8-10.
  • 5:30pm Beach and Barbecues 
    Live music and "ridiculously good food" straight off the grill can be had at "Barbecues and Beach Parties" gatherings from 5:30-9:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 10 at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $13 for kids, $30 for adults. Reservations are recommended.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: (360) 318-2044 or http://www.semiahmoo.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 every Friday in September at Whatcom Falls Park. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Falls Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 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.
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Farm Tunes 
    The Elopements perform on the patio as part of the summer's "Farm Tunes" series from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. At the event, you can enjoy "food, spirits and fun." Entry is free.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Anacortes Art Walk 
    The Good Stuff Arts, A.C.M.E. Creative Spaces, Burton Jewelers, Native Springs, the Scott Milo Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa, and PDA Marketing Group will be among the venues opening their doors for the monthly First Friday Art Walk taking place from 6-9pm in downtown Anacortes. Entry is free.
    Downtown Anacortes :: http://www.anacortesart.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm First Friday Dinner Theater 
    Celebrate Eat Local Month and the downtown Art Walk by attending First Friday DInner Theater from 6-8pm at the mezzanine at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. All-local dinner specials, baked good samples, music by Paige Wood, art by Rose Drummond, and entertainment by performance artist and storyteller Karla Mi Lugo will be part of the fun. Entry is free.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 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 for the final time this season 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.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.schoonerzodiac.com
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Bellingham Art Walk 
    Allied Arts, Artists 12 Pop-Up Gallery, Aslan Brewing Co., Bayou on Bay, the Community Food Co-op, Dakota Gallery, Downtown Visitors Center, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, Honey Salon, the Leopold, the Lucky Monkey, Novato, Opus Performing Arts, Pickford Art Studios, Studio 5, Unity Carey NW, and Wandering Oaks will be among those opening their doors for the monthly Art Walk happening from 6-9pm throughout Downtown Bellingham. More venues can be found online, or pick up a map at participating locales.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Friday Night Flicks 
    The South Fork Valley Community Association hosts its first "Friday Night Flicks" event with a showing of Casablanca at 7pm at Deming's Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. Entry is $5 per person or $10 per family. Additional events happen through Nov. 11.
    Van Zandt Community Hall :: outhforkvalley@aol.com
  • 10:30pm - 11:30pm Wine, Music and a Movie 
    Show up for live music at 6:30pm in the courtyard of Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar, located inside Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. At dusk, watch the wine-centric movie Red Obsession. A themed wine tasting, popcorn and food choices will be part of the fun. Entry is free.
    Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar :: http://www.artifactswinebar.com
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Saturday, September 3 40 events
  • All Day It takes an island 
  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    A Farm Fund Hootenanny for the Community Food Co-op's Food & Farming Program taking place from 6-10pm Sun., Sept. 4 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery will act as the official kickoff for Sustainable Connections' annual Eat Local Month, which features various events throughout September. The month will bring Bellingham Beer Week (Sept. 9-18), the Whatcom Farm Tour (Sat., Sept. 10) menu specials at a plethora of participating restaurants, open houses, a coffee home brewing workshop, Chef in the Market, After Hours Markets, gardening workshops, and Seafeast—a new event at the tail end of September celebrating Bellingham's maritime heritage, working waterfront and fishing and seafood industries. See the full schedule online.
    Bellingham and Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • All Day A gold medal standard 
  • 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.
  • 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 :: http://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.
  • 12:00pm Woodpalooza 
    The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild presents its 13th annual "Art + Wood = Woodpalooza" exhibition and sale from 12-5pm Saturday through Monday at Langley's Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave. The Guild includes makers of furniture, cabinetry, architectural woodwork, turners, clock makers, sawyers, carvers, restorers, musical instrument makers, boat builders and refinishers. Entry is free.
    Whidbey Island Center for the Arts :: http://www.woodpalooza.com
  • All Day Party in the park 
  • All Day Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival 
    Two stages with live music and entertainment will be part of the inaugural Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival taking place Friday through Monday at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park. In addition to nationally-recognized bluegrass bands, emerging artists from across the country, and plenty of local talent, the event will also feature a craft and food vendor area, beer garden, contests for instrumentalists, informal jam areas, an instrument swap meet, a children’s stage with entertainment and activities and more. Tickets are $15-$55 (children 12 and under are free).
    Hovander Homestead Park :: http://www.hhbgf.org
  • All Day Final Plover Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs through this weekend from 12-8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday 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.
  • All Day Oak Harbor Music Festival 
    Ayron Jones and the Way, Penguin Prison, Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, the Fame Riot, L.A. Edwards, LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends, Jelly Break, Scotty Jay, Dodgy Mountain Men, the Believers, Rust on the Rails, Simple Minded Symphony and many, many more acts will share their talents on Whidbey Island at the Oak Harbor Music Festival taking place from 5-11pm Friday, 10am-11pm Saturday, and 10am-6pm Sunday in historic downtown Oak Harbor. The event will also include art, a beer garden, food and plenty of family fun. Admission is free.
  • 10:00am Lopez Island Studio Tour 
    Visit more than 20 studios and see the work of approximately 40 artists at the 18th annual Lopez Island Studio Tour happening from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Lopez Island. The tour is an opportunity to purchase original works of art and to come away with insights to the artists and their community context. Entry is free.
  • 10:00am Book and Bake Sale 
    Help support the Friends of the North Fork Community Library at their annual sale of gently used books and delectable baked goods at a Book Sale from 10am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday in Maple Falls at the Mt. Baker Foothills Visitor Center, 7509 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds support building maintenance, updates and programs at the library.
    Mt. Baker Foothills Visitor Center :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:00am Lummi Island Artists' Studio Tour 
    More than 40 artists and craftspeople will be showing and selling their work at 20-plus locales as part of the of the Lummi Island Artists' Studio Tour taking place from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout the lovely land mass. Entry to the self-guided tour is free; maps will be available at the Islander grocery store (directly to your left when you depart the ferry) and at each studio.
    Lummi Island :: http://www.lummi-island.com
  • 10:00am Used Book Sale 
    Fiction, nonfiction, children's books, cookbooks, craft books and VHS, DVDs and CDs can be found at a Used Book Sale happening from 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday at the Point Roberts Library, 1437 Gulf Rd. Funds raised support library programs and projects.
    Point Roberts Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 8:00pm Fiesta 4 Cuba 
    Mojitos and Moves and Rumba Northwest will host a variety of activities Thursday through Saturday as part of "Fiesta 4 Cuba" at various locales in Bellingham (such as Belltower Studios and BAAY Theatre). Attendees can learn Latin dance, enjoy a photo and art exhibit, listen to live music and get the latest travel tips to Cuba. Prices and locales vary. See a full schedule of events online.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.mojitosandmoves.com/cuba
  • 7:30pm Recent Tragic Events 
    A small cast will use a variety of theatrical devices to explore post-9/11 America, the human condition and free will and fate when ACT Fringe presents Recent Tragic Events at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the thought-provoking play are $10; additional shows happen Sept. 9-10.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 8:00pm Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 
    After leaving their home of 14 years and before moving permanently into the Sylvia Center for the Arts, iDiOM Theater will present Sir Tom Stoppard's "sparkling and absurdist" tragicomedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, at 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Bellingham Circus Guild's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Tickets to the Hamlet parody—which features the tragic events of Shakespeare's play ingeniously retold from the perspective of two minor characters—are $15. Additional performances happen Sept. 8-10.
  • 5:30pm Beach and Barbecues 
    Live music and "ridiculously good food" straight off the grill can be had at "Barbecues and Beach Parties" gatherings from 5:30-9:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 10 at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $13 for kids, $30 for adults. Reservations are recommended.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: (360) 318-2044 or http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 7:00am - 12:00pm North County Road Run 
    Three different courses will provide an opportunity for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to participate in today's North County Road Run starting at 7am in Lynden at 110 3rd St. Entry is $30-$45 to take part in the 5K, 10K and 25K runs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.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 :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Alger Fun'Raiser 
    A beer garden, food vendors, produce and craft vendors, garage sales, music by the Old Highway 99, a car wash, a bake sale, kids’ games, a bouncy house, informational booths and an item raffle will be part of a Fun'Raiser from 10am-4pm for and at Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane. Proceeds will be used for regular maintenance and special project on the hall.
    Alger Community Hall :: (360) 724-0340
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Fishtival 
    oin the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a "Fishtival" from 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the Silver Lake Campground, 9006 Silver Lake Rd. The free event celebrating salmon will include games, crafts, snacks and stations that educate on the lifecycle, species and habitat requirements of salmon—including native plants and water quality indicators. All ages are welcome.
    Silver Lake Campground :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Lake Padden Relay 
    Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club for its annual "Lake Padden Relay" starting at 10am at East Lake Padden Park, 4883 Samish Way. Run the race 10-mile race individually, or as a group of four. Individual runners are $12; teams are $24 (entry is free for GBRC members).
    East Lake Padden Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 11:00am - 4:00pm Author Meet and Greet 
    Diana Lee will be on hand for an Author Meet and Greet from 11am-1pm at La Conner's Faded Cover, 105 S. First St.
  • 12:00pm - 11:30pm Fiestas Patrias 
    Family fun, food, entertainment by Chicas Reinas dancers, a dancing horse competition, a late-night dance party and more will be part of "Fiestas Patrias" 2016 from 12pm-12am at Ferndale's Pioneer Park, 2004 Cherry St. Entry to help celebrate the Hispanic community in our region is $1. All are welcome.
    Pioneer Park :: (360) 255-1874
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm 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 :: http://www.eventbrite.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    The Clamdigger Jazz Band will perform New Orleans/Dixieland 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 for students, $10 for members, and $12 for non-members.
    VFW Hall :: 371-7030 or http://www.btjs.webs.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Levi Vincent Reception 
    Peruse Levi Vincent's "Imaginative Illustrations" and meet the artists at an opening reception from 2-5pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. Vincent utilizes a special image-transfer process to apply unique hand-drawn illustrations to his potter—if you're lucky, he may do a demo at the event.
    Good Earth Pottery :: http://www.goodearthpots.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    The Clamdigger Jazz Band will perform New Orleans/Dixieland 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 for students, $10 for members, and $12 for non-members.
    VFW Hall :: 371-7030 or http://www.btjs.webs.com
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm Pain and Emptiness 
    Local author Julie Hanft shares her journey focused on dealing with chronic pain when she reads from Rising Above the Pain at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, Oregon-based writer Robert Brockway reads from his new book of speculative fiction, The Empty Ones. Entry to both events is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Alan Hatley Band 
    Hear rock, blues and original tunes when the Alan Hatley Band performs at a summer concert series from 5-8pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. Tickets are $8; additional outdoor shows take place Sept. 10 and 11.
    Heart of Anacortes :: http://www.theheartofanacortes.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific Inc. Reception 
    An opening reception for "Pacific Inc." takes place from 5-8pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The exhibit featuring works by Edison-based artists Pieter VanZanden and Many Jane Turner features a series of VanZanden's sculptures that are re-imagined in Turner's paintings and prints. The exhibit shows through Sept. 27; an artist talk happens Sat., Sept. 24.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: http://www.smithandvalleegallery.com
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Operation Warm 
    Live music by Spaceband, food and beverages will be part of an all-ages fundraiser for Operation Warm from 6-10pm at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The event is also a drive for coats for low-income children. Entry is $10.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.bbaybrewery.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Fish Trivia 
    Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's River Stewards for a Salmon Trivia fundraiser from 7-9pm in Glacier at Chair 9, 10459 Mt. Baker Hwy. Entry to the family-friendly event is $5; teams of up to five people will have the chance to win a variety of prizes donated by local businesses.
    Chair 9 Pizza & Bar :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm USA Dance 20th Anniversary 
    Help USA Dance Bellingham celebrate at a 20th Anniversary Dance Party from 7:15-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The evening will start with a foxtrot lesson and be followed by live music by the Sonja Lee Band and dancing. Everyone is welcome including beginners, singles, couples, seniors and students. Entry to the special event is $5 for all.
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