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There’s plenty of fun out there to be had this weekend

Tucker was dressed as a clown at Whatcom Humane Society's 2011 Dog Days of Summer Festival at Lake Padden Park. The 2017 event is on Sunday.
Tucker was dressed as a clown at Whatcom Humane Society's 2011 Dog Days of Summer Festival at Lake Padden Park. The 2017 event is on Sunday. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Dress up your pooch on Sunday for the Dog Days of Summer Festival, enjoy the last days of the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden, register now for a family-friendly bike ride around Whatcom County.

Going to the dogs

Whatcom Humane Society’s Annual Dog Days of Summer Festival takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Lake Padden Park, 2244 Samish Way. The free family-and-canine friendly event features dog interactive games and activities, such as costume contests, dog demonstrations, pet-themed booths for all day shopping and education, a vegetarian food court and even an animal caricaturist. For a donation, get a Dog Days of Summer t-shirt with your pet’s picture drawn on. Info:, Dana Browne, 360-733-2080.

Grandstand fun at the fair

The Northwest Washington Fair continues through Saturday, with grandstand entertainment by iconic rock band Night Ranger on Thursday, country singer and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreedy on Friday and standup comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias on Saturday. Tickets for all of the grandstand entertainment are available online at the fair office (1775 Front St., Lynden) and by phone at 877-699-FAIR. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 general, $38 for preferred seating for Night Ranger; tickets for Scotty McCreery are $38 for reserved seating; $48 for preferred seating. Tickets to see Gabriel Iglesias are $30 for reserved seating, $50 for preferred seats. VIP Experiences are available for $98 for Night Ranger and McCreey, and $125 for Iglesias, all sold in sets of two. Pricing does not include fair gate admission, which is required. Gate admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and older, and $8 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are admitted for free. Info:

Chuckanut Classic bike ride

The Chuckanut Classic (formerly Chuckanut Century) is the Mount Baker Bicycle Club's signature ride, one of the most scenic rides in Northwest Washington, takes place on Aug. 27. With many routes offered you can pick your distance ranging from 25, 38, 62 or the full century of 100 miles. Advance registration is recommended, and space is limited.

If you'd rather bring your family on a shorter guided ride, join the family-friendly 10-mile jaunt with treats, entertainment, and other on-route stops and surprises for kids.

Be prepared with helmets and weather-appropriate clothing, but there will be ride support if needed and rest stops with a wide variety of high-energy food and drinks along all of the routes.


Outdoor Cinema in Fairhaven

There are just two more Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema events at the Fairhaven Village Green: “La La Land” is this Saturday, beginning with entertainment by Bellingham Dance Company at 6:15 p.m.; and what’s always the last show of the summer, “The Princess Bride,” starting with a circus variety with Clamazing at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 26. Bring blankets for the grass or low-back lawn chairs for limited seating on brick areas. Popcorn and food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 at the gate, kids 5 and younger get in for free. Info:

Musical Variety Show

A variety show with performances by The Kulshan Chorus, a community choir committed to music education and performances that celebrate our common bonds, directed by Dustin Willitts, is from 4-11 p.m. Saturday at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Other performers include Yesterday’s Playboys; The Sonja Lee Band; Diane Leigh; Ray Wolpow; Diane Arvin; Mary Somerville; Mhondoro Marimba; Geof Morgan and friends; and The Atlantics. There also will be a silent auction of more than 50 items. Donations benefit the Kulshan Chorus. Info:

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, Tell us about your event at least three weeks in advance to be considered for this column.