Celebrate the heritage of the early pioneers of Whatcom County at Ferndale’s Old Settlers Picnic, see a movie on the roof of the Parkade, be amazed at the fireworks competition in Vancouver, B.C.
Celebrating county history
Whatcom Old Settlers Picnic, a Whatcom County tradition that began in 1896, celebrates the rich history of Whatcom County Friday through Sunday at Pioneer Park, 2004 Cherry St., in Ferndale, with tours of the park cabins, live music, a fun run/walk, local food and craft vendors, two parades and a classic car show, sponsored by Whatcom Old Settlers Association. The Junior Parade starts at 6 p.m. Friday and the Grand Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the theme “Harvest Time of Years Gone By.”
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Movies on the roof
Pickford Film Center and 92.9 KISM present Rooftop Cinema, downtown Bellingham’s outdoor summer film series on the rooftop of the Commercial Street Parking Garage (the Parkade). on the 1300 block of Commercial Street, where free festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a beer garden, DJ's, live music and entertainment, food trucks and special activities. This Friday: “The Wiz,” Aug. 25: “O Brother Where Art Thou.” Sept. 8: “Stop Making Sense.” Each film begins at dusk. All four floors of the parking garage have free parking all night. Food trucks by Papous Gyros, Street Dogz and The Arctic Fox will be on site. Info: 360-738-0735.
Tour de Whatcom
Enjoy all that the Northwest has to offer in one beautiful bike ride: Mt. Baker, Lake Whatcom, valleys, rivers, farmland and beaches at the annual Tour de Whatcom on Saturday, with rides for every member of the family. All proceeds benefit local charities. Tour de Whatcom begins and ends at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The 100-miles Century Ride starts at 7:30 a.m., the 62-mile Metric Century starts at 9 a.m., the 50-mile Whatcom Community College 50th Legacy Route starts at 10 a.m., and the 22-mile ride begins at 11:30 a.m. Info: 360-746-8861, tourdewhatcom.com.
Fireworks light up Vancouver
For three nights each summer since 1990, the Honda Celebration of Light has brought people together for a musical fireworks competition on English Bay in Vancouver, BC. On celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Japan, the United Kingdom and home team Canada are set to dazzle the skies this Saturday, Wednesday and Aug. 5, respectively. At 10 p.m. each night, rain or shine, the fireworks will begin from barges located in the bay. Music simulcast can be heard on LG 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning team will be announced on Aug. 8. Info: HondaCelebrationofLight.com and on Facebook.
Live comedy with Brian Regan
Brian Regan, a comedian known for turning mundane stories about everyday life and his childhood into hilarious stories and jokes, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. His performances are clean as he refrains from profanity and off-color humor. Tickets are $49.75. Info: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.