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Museum’s 75th, the Lynden fair, ghosts, Splash Day and Celtic rock

Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall galleries are decorated for the winter holidays in 2013.
Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall galleries are decorated for the winter holidays in 2013. Bellingham Herald file

Celebrate 75 years of the Whatcom Museum, check out the Northwest Washington Fair, hear music in Elizabeth Park, tour Bayview Cemetery, and get wet on the streets of Blaine.

Museum turns 75

Whatcom Museum will celebrate its 75th anniversary with all three gallery venues open for free from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Special activities and events are planned for the Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St.; Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.; and the Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. Info and schedule of events: 360-778-8930.

Fun at the fair

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Carnival rides shine at night during the Northwest Washington Fair in 2014. Matt McDonald Bellingham Herald file

The annual Northwest Washington Fair will feature food, music, demolition derby, rodeo events, exhibits and carnival rides from Monday, Aug. 15, to Saturday, Aug. 20, at the fairground, 1775 Front St., Lynden. Info:, 360-354-4111.

Wet, wild in Blaine

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Crowds take part in Splash Days, a temporary spray park, in 2015. Debbie Harger Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Splash Days, a temporary spray park, will be free from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, on Third Street between H and Martin streets, Blaine. Bring a towel, a beach chair and shoes that can get wet. Info:, 360-332-8311.

Ghosts in the cemetery

The statue of an angel stands in Bayview Cemetery. Philip A Dwyer Bellingham Herald file

Bureau of Historical Investigation will lead a free public tour of Bayview Cemetery, 1420 Woburn St., from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, featuring “Apparitions, Ghosts and Phantoms” of the historic graveyard. Meet at Veterans Memorial through the Lakeway Drive entrance. Advance registration required. Info: 360-778-7150,

Celtic rock in the park

Bellingham’s Celtic rock band Maggie’s Fury performs. Philip A. Dwyer Bellingham Herald file

Celtic rock band Maggie’s Fury will perform in the last of the free city-sponsored Saturday night summer concerts from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Boulevard Park, 470 Bayview Drive along the South Hill waterfront. Info:, 360-778-7000.

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty, Tell us about your event at least three weeks in advance to be considered for this column.