Tall ships, raspberry festival, Latino culture and a chamber music concert.
See the tall ships
Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham from Tuesday, July 19, to Wednesday, Aug. 3. They’ll offer several excursions into Bellingham Bay, including “battle sails” that mimic a 19th-century naval engagement. Several dockside tours are offered too, with a $3 per person suggested donation. Info: Schedule and pricing, historicalseaport.org, 360-532-8611.
Raspberries gone wild
Northwest Raspberry Festival on Front Street in Lynden features local musicians on two stages, crafts, food, kids activities, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, classic automobiles, a 5K fun run for Nepal water, pancake breakfast, raspberry treats, beer garden, and raspberry wine tasting from 1-9 p.m. Friday, July 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Info: lynden.org/northwest-raspberry-festival, 360-354-5995.
Party in the mountains
North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, a place many local schoolchildren cherish as “Mountain School,” is marking its 30th anniversary with a free picnic and open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at its location off Highway 20 east of Newhalem. Barbecue, music, hiking, canoeing and boat tours of Diablo Lake. Info: ncascades.org, 360-854-2599 or 206-526-2599.
4 Bellingham Festival of Music offers a free chamber music concert at noon Friday, July 15, in the Rotunda Room of the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall galleries, 121 Prospect St. Info: bellinghamfestival.org, 360-201-6621.
Area’s Latino history
Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St. in La Conner, features “Voces del Valle” (“Voices of the Valley”), stories of the Latino community in Skagit County from 1940 to the recent history through Sept. 25; and “Cast and Count,” the history of voting from beans to hanging chads, on loan from the Secretary of State’s Office of Elections through Nov. 13. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission: free for members and children 5 and younger, $5 adults, $4 seniors and kids 6-12, and $10 family. Info: skagitcounty.net/Departments/HistoricalSociety , 360-466-3365.