Activities this weekend include the annual Pioneer Picnic, a “Harry Potter” party, a beach seine, Birch Bay Music Festival and the Children’s Craft Fair.
Parades and parties
Celebrate Whatcom County’s pioneer past with the 121st annual Old Settlers Picnic, featuring activities from Thursday, July 28, to Sunday, July 31, in downtown Ferndale and Pioneer Park. Key events are the Junior Parade starting at Fourth Avenue and and Main Street at 6 p.m. Friday and the Grand Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, starting at Shuksan Street near Ferndale High, turning south on Vista Drive and continuing to Third Avenue, Main Street and finally First Avenue to Pioneer Park. Info: whatcomoldsettlers.com, 360-224-8128.
This story was updated July 28, 2016, to reflect a change in the Grand Parade route.
New ‘Harry Potter’
Village Books marks the release of the script to “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & II,” the stage play based a new story by novelist J.K. Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. Copies available at midnight the night of Saturday, July 30, at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Special activities planned starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema, which is showing “Labyrinth” on the nearby Village Green ($5). A second party is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Sunday, July 31, at Village Books in Lynden, 430 Front St. Info: villagebooks.com, 360-671-2626 or 360-526-2133.
Kids craft fair
The 48th annual Children’s Craft Fair, an open-air market featuring homemade items and services such as jewelry or artwork with vendors age 13 and younger is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, on the lawn behind the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Vendor registration is closed. Maximum charge for any item is $4. In case of rain, the fair will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Info:360-778-7200 or go online to bellinghampubliclibrary.org.
Naturalists from the Breazeale Interpretive Center in coastal Skagit County conduct a free “beach seine” program at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Bay View State Park, 10901 Bayview Edison Road. Help drag a net through the water and learn about the creatures that are caught. No registration necessary. $10 day pass or seasonal Discover Pass required for the state park. Free parking at the nature center and a short walk on the shoulder of a busy street to the park. Info: padillabay.gov/ChildrenClasses.asp, 360-428-1558.
Birch Bay Music Festival is free (donations accepted) from Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 31, at the Birch Bay Golf Course, 7878 Birch Bay Drive. There’s music, vendors, food, a beer and wine garden, event T-shirts, CDs and a raffle of a Seahawk-inspired guitar created by luthier Andy Beech and artist Frank Dooley. This event supports local animal-welfare organizations for dogs, cats and orcas. Info: birchbaymusicfestival.com, and on Facebook.
What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty, facebook.com/bellinghamherald. Tell us about your event at least three weeks in advance to be considered for this column.