Summer in Bellingham's the time for making music and dancing in the parks; and for munching hot dogs and kettle corn while watching an outdoor movie at the Fairhaven Village Green.
Here's a handy guide to these annual series of family-friendly events.
CONCERTS IN THE PARKS
Sponsored by the Eldridge Society, in conjunction with Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, the free concerts at Elizabeth Park at Elizabeth and Madison streets are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. There'll be vendors on site, but bring a picnic if you'd like.
Marla Bronstein, who organized this summer's lineup, says that for the second year in a row, every Elizabeth Park performer or band has roots in Whatcom County. The performance group or musician that encourages the audience to make the most donations into the gazebo box for the summer will have an automatic "in" for summer 2015 (if desired), or you can let Bronstein know if you love a band.
Dana Lyons was the top tip-receiver summer of 2013.
June 26: Legendary Chucklenuts, blues, rock, rhythm and blues, more on Facebook.
July 3: Tim McHugh and the Lost Poets Reunion, electrifying folk-rock, timmchugh.net.
July 10: Clearbrook Dixieland Jazz, traditional jazz and swing.
July 17: Prozac Mtn Boys, bluegrass, more on Facebook.
July 24: Yogoman Burning Band, Jamaica-New Orleans dance rhythms, yogomanburningband.com and on Facebook.
July 31: Maggie's Fury, melodic Celtic folk-rock, more on Facebook.
Aug. 7: Dana Lyons, political folk, cowswithguns.com and on Facebook.
Aug. 14: Luke Warm and the Moderates, rock, soul, funky fun covers, more on Facebook.
Aug. 21: bandZandt, East Whatcom County's favorite dance band, more on Facebook.
Aug. 28: Penny Stinkers, folk cabaret, more on Facebook.
The free Boulevard Park concerts were canceled last year due to construction on the sand and gravel beach, but this year, there'll be four free concerts, from 7 to 9 p.m., all on Saturdays. Children's games will be led by parks staff, but parents are responsible for supervising their children. There'll be vendors on hand, but picnics are welcome.
July 19: Polyrhythmics, Afro-beat, horn-driven funk, more at polyrhythmics.com and on Facebook.
July 26: Skamania, ska-raggae-Caribbean, more at skamania.biz and on Facebook.
Aug. 2: B'rer Rabbit, folk-stomp Americana, more at brerrabbitmusic.com and on Facebook.
Aug. 9: Cambalache, rumba and nueva salsa, co-sponsored by Rumba Northwest, more at cambalachesalsa.com and Cambalache Salsa on Facebook.
Call 360-778-8000 or view the Summer 2014 Leisure Guide on cob.org.
FAIRHAVEN OUTDOOR CINEMA
Doug Borneman of Epic Events, who heads up the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema at the Fairhaven Village Green at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, says that preshow entertainment for the 15th annual series includes music by acts such as teenage rock band Odd Ones Out, local pickers Quickdraw Stringband, and marimba ensemble Kuungana; and non-musical offerings that include the Bellingham Dance Company, juggling amazingness by One Fine Fool and an evening of sci-fi trivia prior to "Star Trek Into Darkness."
The series kicks off June 21 and runs every Saturday through Aug. 23. Movies are shown on the 30-foot screen at the Village Green.
Movies show at dark, so times vary.
Chow Hot Dogs and kettle corn will be available for purchase. Events are rain or shine with ground seating available on grass and limited chair seating on the surrounding brick areas. Admission is $5. Kids 5 and younger get in free.
The schedule, with pre-show entertainment listed first.
June 21: Odd Ones Out, "The Goonies."
June 28: Amber Darland, "Frozen."
July 5: Quickdraw Stringband, "Gravity."
July 12: Bellingham Dance Company, "Finding Nemo."
July 19: Lost at Last, "Footloose" (1984).
July 26: One Fine Fool, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Aug. 2: Bellingham Youth Jazz Band, "The Sandlot."
Aug. 9: Kuungana, "The Lego Movie."
Aug. 16: Sci-fi trivia, "Star Trek into Darkness."
Aug. 23: Jaspar Lepak, "The Princess Bride."
Go to FairhavenOutdoorCinema.com or Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema on Facebook.
ABOUT THIS COLUMN
Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday. Margaret Bikman is the Entertainment News Coordinator at The Bellingham Herald. Contact her at 360-715-2273 or email@example.com.