Calendar

August

Ferndale Farmers Market

August

Make sure to stop in and visit our 2nd season of the Ferndale Farmers' Market and check out our many area vendors serving the community with fresh produce, local arts and crafts and medley of gifts and goods at the city’s Centennial Riverwalk Park, Ferndale. Hours of operation are 9:00am-3:00pm, every Saturday from April 18th thru October 17th.

Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibit

August 2009 thru May 1, 2010

The international fine arts program features outdoor sculptures in Peace Arch State Park's magnificent gardens with some sculptures placed in downtown Blaine. The exhibit features sculptors from the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and is held annually. For more information on the Peace Arch Park and Sculpture Exhibit, please visit: www.peacearchpark.org.

Bite of Bellingham

August 01, 2009

The Downtown Renaissance Network presents the 2009 Bite of Bellingham! This 4th annual event features a selection of "bites" from Bellingham's favorite restaurants. Join us for this delicious experience! 1200 Block of Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: 12-4 PM, Phone: 360-527-8710, www.DowntownBellingham.com

Historic Plover Passenger Ferry Rides

August 2009 through September 7th, 2009

Beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day. The oldest passenger foot ferry in Washington State, the MV Plover was used to shuttle cannery workers to the Alaskan Salmon Cannery on Semiahmoo Spit, now home to Semiahmoo Resort & Spa. MV Plover now provides passenger foot-ferry services during the summer season, shuttling up to 17 passengers along with bicycles & strollers to summer activities happening on both sides of Drayton Harbor. The Plover is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Complete details on the Historic Plover with sailing times, routes, history and fares can be found at: www.draytonharbormaritime.org. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Tour de Whatcom

August 01, 2009

Join us for Tour de Whatcom, a bike ride to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs. In 2008 we had 523 riders and raised more than $15,000 for the kids!! 25, 50 or 105 miles, perfect for a family outing and serious riders alike. See Mt Baker, Lake Whatcom, valleys, rivers, lush farmland, beaches and Puget Sound. Fairhaven Village Green, 1210 10th Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: See Website, Event Cost: $30-$50, Phone: 360-739-9953, www.TourdeWhatcom.com

Drayton Harbor Maritime Festival

August 1-2, 2009

Formerly known as the Blaine Boardwalk Festival, this two day event is held along Peace Portal between H Street and D Street and Blaine Harbor. Enjoy a weekend full of family fun! Art, Craft Vendors, Plover Ferry Rides, Drayton Harbor Maritime's Community Sailing Programs will be holding its 1st Annual West Marine Community Sailing Regatta at 11AM at Gate #3, Watch the famous George Raft Race and view Steam Boats from the Northwest Steam Society at Gate#2 on Marine Drive. Piano Maestro Don Stag will be playing a Calliope (Steam Organ) near Gate#2, Saturday afternoon. Downtown Blaine along Peace Portal between H & G Street will begin at 9AM and include Children's Games, a Treasure Hunt, Arts & Crafts Fair, Motorcycle Show & Shine, Merchant's Sidewalk Sale and a Pirate Costume Contest. Come be part of the fun! For more information please visit: http://www.draytonharbormaritime.org/ or call the Blaine Visitor and information center at (360)332-4544 or the Blaine Harbor Master's office at (360) 332-1042.

Coupeville Annual Arts & Crafts Festival

August 1-2, 2009

Crafts booths, music, children's activities and food festival begins at 10AM. For more information, please visit: www.coupevilleartsandcraftsfestival.org

Marrowstone Summer Music Festival

August - August 09, 2009

Since 1943 the Seattle Youth Symphony has been the proud steward of this remarkable series of concerts and educational programs. Whether you are a visitor to Bellingham, a parent, a student or a lover of great music we welcome you. For concert and ticket info please visit our website. Performing Arts Center, 516 High St., Western Washington University, Bellingham, Event Times: Thur-Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm, Event Cost: Adult $16/ Student & Senior $10, Phone: 206-362-2300, www.marrowstone.org

Puget Sound Antique Tractor Show & Threshing Bee

August 5-8, 2009

Get ’em ready to go! The Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association (PSAT&MA), located in Lynden Washington, has held an annual threshing bee and tractor show at Berthusen Park for 38 years. The 2009 show will be featuring vintage trucks & pickups, crawlers, & military implements. Daily Events: Threshing, sawmill demonstrations, gas engines, tractor pulling, antique vehicles, bookstore, corn grinding, steam engines, blacksmithing, & more! Kids’ Events: Pedal tractor pull, candy scramble, watermelon eating, and youth driver safety class. For more event information, such as flyer, schedule, maps and directions, visit the official Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association web site: http://www.psatma.com

Skagit County Fair

August 5-8, 2009

Fiesta at the Skagit County Fair! Great entertainment all day long! Carnival, rodeo, live music, performing pigs, trick roper, J.P. Patches, and more. Don't miss the parade Saturday, August 8th at 11 am in downtown Mount Vernon. Wednesday, August 5th admission is free until 3 pm! Cost is $8 adults and $5 for seniors & students. For more information, please visit: http://www.skagitcounty.net/Common/asp/default.asp?d=Fairgrounds&c=General&P=main.htm

La Conner’s Annual Pioneer Picnic

August 06, 2009

104th Pioneer Picnic presented by the Skagit County Pioneers Association will be held in Pioneer Park. Salmon BBQ lunch served at noon, provided by the La Conner Civic Garden Club, cost $10.00 pp. Music provided by Doc Bradbury's Skagit City Band. Open to the public! Contact John Summers (360) 466-4703 for more details.

Puma Rimland Pacific Cup

August 07, 2009 - August 09, 2009

High level premier girls soccer tournament for under 11-19 teams. Teams participating from WA, OR, ID, BC and MT. Northwest Soccer Park, 5238 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, Event Times: 8 AM-6:30 PM, Event Cost: Free to watch, Phone: 360-676-1919 x109, www.whatcomsoccer.com

Anacortes Arts Festival

August 7-9, 2009

Friday, August 7 - Sunday, August 9. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Call 360-293-6211 for more information.

First Friday Gallery Art Walk

August 07, 2009

First Friday Gallery Art Walk. Come downtown and enjoy the art galleries!! Downtown Anacortes, 6-9PM.

Civil War Re-enactment

August 08, 2009

Civil War battles and camps come to life at Ferndale's Tennant Lake and Hovander Park in the annual Washington Civil War Association's re-enactment here. Living history includes cannon fire, soldiers of all types on foot, on horseback and even a naval unit with a "land ship." Realistic explosions look like direct hits. Actually they are pre-set charges ignited when a signal is given. Ferndale, WA Hovander Park. For more information: www.ferndale-chamber.com

Library Fair – Orcas Island

August 08, 2009

The 53rd Annual Library Fair is the don't-miss event of the summer! Enjoy hundreds of local artisan craft booths, music on the sound stage, delicious food, and the famous Friends of the Library book sale! Eastsound Village Green, North Beach Road, Eastsound. Event times 10AM – 4PM

North Whidbey Lions Club Car Show

August 08, 2009

North Whidbey Lions 24rd Annual Car Show at Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor. Features 250 Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles. Free Public Admission - Free Parking around Town, Food Vendors - Great Family Fun! Event times: 9AM-5PM. Early registration appreciated. Registration and other information at our web site: http://northwhidbey.lionwap.org/

Porterhouse Brewfest

August 08, 2009

The seventh annual Porterhouse Brewfest, a sizzling brews and blues block party, is bigger and better than ever with 30 invited microbreweries from the Pacific Northwest. Wow! And while you’re sippin’ and tastin’ you can rock out -- all day long -- with these three amazing Washington blues bands: All proceeds benefit the historic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon. Tickets available at the gate or in advance at the Porterhouse, 416 W. Gates St. and the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon, 360-336-8955 or 877-754-6284. “Best Outdoor Party in all of Skagit County. Blues & Brews. Don’t miss the fun!” Porterhouse BREWFEST Lincoln Theatre Benefit Saturday, Aug 8 2:00 – 7:30 pm $20 per person Main & Gates Streets Downtown Mount Vernon Includes live music and 6 tastes Available in advance or at the gate 21 & Over. For more information, please visit: http://www.lincolntheatre.org/

Bellingham Youth Triathlon

August 08, 2009

The funniest race you'll ever watch! Three start times and distances for three age groups. Finishers medals for all! Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, 1114 Potter St, Bellingham, Event Times: 9, 10 & 10:30 AM, Event Cost: $15 pre-registration, Phone: 360-778-7665, www.trithecookie.com

Highland Games

August 09, 2009

Whidbey Island Celtic Society's annual celebration of all that is Scottish. Pipe bands, pipers, dancers and athletic events with food and fun to spare. 9:00am - 6:00pm. For information call the Tartan Thistle at 360 331-4688

La Conner Classic Yacht & Car Show

August 15, 2009

The “9th Annual La Conner Classic Yacht & Auto Show” is scheduled for August 15, 2009 at the south basin of the La Conner Marina celebrating La Conner’s maritime and automotive history! A fun filled Saturday for the entire family! $3.00 to view the yachts and cars (children under 12 are free). Along with the classic yachts and autos, there will be vendor booths, plus great activities for the kids hosted by the La Conner Boy’s and Girls Club. Entry forms for boats and cars are available online or in the La Conner Chamber of Commerce office. If you wish to enter your car, boat or be a vendor, please call the Chamber at (360) 466-4778 or email info@laconnerchamber.com. 10AM. For More information please visit: http://www.laconnerchamber.com/classics.cfm

Custer Days

August 15, 2009

This is a one day event with a parade, street fair, barbecue, a car show and Grand Street Dance in the evening. It is located on Portal Way in downtown Custer. More info to come. Downtown Custer. For more information visit: www.ferndale-chamber.com

NW Washington Fair

August 17-22, 2009

The Northwest Washington Fair Association presents this annual "Fair" that promotes an appreciation for our agricultural Pacific Northwest heritage, provides education about the role agriculture plays in life today while providing youth with a hands on experience. The annual Fair is a social gathering place where family values will be honored and individuals of all ages are entertained. Lynden Fair Grounds. For more information, please contact the fair website www.northwestwashingtonfair.org or phone 360-354-777 or toll free 877-699-3247. Fair ground offices are located at: 1775 Front Street, Lynden.

Washington Wines and Swing Dance

August 19, 2009

Enjoy the benefit of Washington Wine Month, with Oregon and California represented as well. Local dance instructor provides a West Coast Swing demonstration with a take-home practice step tutorial. Cuisine is of the local sort. Big Fat Fish Company, Fairhaven, 1304 12th St, Bellingham, Event Times: 6:30 PM, Event Cost: $34, Phone: 360-733-2284, www.bigfatfishco.com

Puma Pacific Coast Challenge

August 21-23, 2009

High level premier boys soccer tournament for under 11-19 teams. Teams participating from WA, OR, ID, BC and ALB. Northwest Soccer Park, 5238 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, Event Times: 8 AM-6:30 PM, Event Cost: Free to watch, Phone: 360.676.1919 ext.109, www.whatcomsoccer.com

Art at the Winery

August 22, 2009

Join in the fun for the second annual outdoor art festival. Enjoy great wines, delicious food, outstanding music and of course, wonderful and unique local art. Where: Dakota Creek Winery, 3575 Haynie Rd, Blaine, WA 98230. For more information, please visit: www.dakotacreekwinery.com

Quilters on the Rock Show

August 23, 2009

Presented by Quilters On The Rock Guild. A Quilt Show and Textile Boutique, August 23rd, Saturday only, from 10:00 am to 5 pm. This is a beautiful show that only happens every two years as the Quilters take great care in creating their famous works of art! Geenbank Farms on Whidbey Island.

Ferndale’s Annual Street Fair

August 29, 2009

Come join us at this great event where fun is had by all! This Year's Festival, Saturday, August 29 from 10AM until 9PM. For more information, please check out our website at: www.ferndale-chamber.com/festival.php or call (360) 384-3042.

Alzheimer’s Society Benefit Tourney

August 29, 2009

18 Hole Tournament, 4 person teams, lunch provided. Proceeds benefit the local Alzheimer’s Society. More information to come later. 3258 Haynie Rd., Custer, WA, Dakota Creek Golf and Country, Custer, Event Times: 8am Shotgun Start, Phone: 360-366-3131

Antique and Collectible Show and Sale

August 30-31, 2009

This fall show brings back 18 dealers to show their furnishings, linens, silver, collectibles, books, trunks and more. Open from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-3:30pm on Sunday. For information call: 360 341-3280. Greenbank Farms on Whidbey Island.

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