See the tall ships and steamboats at Drayton Harbor Days, marvel at antique tractors, hear writer Sherman Alexie, and have a blast at the annual Kid’s Fest.
Blaine’s maritime heritage
Blaine celebrates its maritime past with the annual Drayton Harbor Days – featuring tall ships, steamboats, a pirate dress-up contest, arts, crafts, food, model boat displays, foot ferry rides and the Prestigious George Raft Race, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug.6-7, at the Blaine Marina, 235 Marine Drive, just off 1-5, exit 276. Festival admission is free. Info: draytonharbormaritime.org, historicalseaport.org, blainechamber.com, 360-332-4544.
City of Bellingham’s annual Kid’s Fest features bounce houses, games, water play, prizes, sno-cones and info about child-oriented services. It’s all free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Civic Stadium, 1355 Civic Field Way. Info: cob.org, Lance Romo at Lromo@cob.org, or 360-778-7000.
Alexie at the MBT
National Book Award-winning Northwest writer Sherman Alexie appears at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., in an all-ages performance to promote his new picture book, “Thunder Boy Jr.,” which is illustrated by Cadecott honoree Yuyi Morales. Tickets are $5. Info: mountbakertheatre.com, villagebooks.com, 360-734-6080.
Tough old tractors
The Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association’s annual show is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, to Friday, Aug. 5, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Berthusen Park, 8837 Berthusen Road, Lynden. Event features tractor races, tractor pulls, quilt display, sawmill demonstrations, and more. Admission is $7 adults, $3 ages 8-12, $5 60 and older; season pass, $20. Info: psatma.com.
An informal revival of the former annual downtown chalk art festival is free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, near Dakota Art, 1322 Cornwall Ave. Bring your own chalk; non-toxic chalk or pastels are available for purchase at Dakota Art. Info: Amateur Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival on Facebook.
This story was changed Aug. 5, 2016, to reflect the correct I-5 exit number for Blaine.
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