Whatcom County bursts with summer festivals, outdoor adventures, and other opportunities for families to get together for planned or spontaneous romps. Here are a few suggestions.
For more ideas, keep your eye on Take Five, The Bellingham Herald’s arts and entertainment section, or search for ideas at http://calendar.bellinghamherald.com.
The Historic Fairhaven Festival
The Ski to Sea race usually finishes at or near Marine Park, but is celebrated in the heart of Fairhaven with a free, all-day, all-ages street party with live music, arts and craft vendors, exhibits from nonprofits, food booths, and kids’ activities. Free.
Farmer’s Day Parade
Lynden’s annual parade of tractors and other farm vehicles, as well as horses and community members, starts at 10:30 a.m. at Front and 10th streets. Free.
June 23-Aug. 25
Elizabeth Park Concert Series
Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department and the Eldridge Historical Society host family-friendly concerts at the city park by local and regional bands from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Food vendors will be on site, and picnics are welcome. Free.
Bellingham’s Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration
The Port of Bellingham, Haggen Food and Pharmacy, and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry host the Haggen Family Fourth of July Festival from 1 to 10 p.m. at Zuanich Point Park, ending with a fireworks show over Bellingham Bay around 10:30 p.m. Free.
Blaine’s Old Fashioned 4th Festival and Street Fair
Downtown Blaine features daylong activities that include a parade at noon, an art and crafts fair , live entertainment, rides on the historic Plover ferry, and food vendors, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., ending with fireworks over the harbor at 10:15 p.m. Free.
Details: 360-332-6484, blainechamber.com.
Everson Nooksack Summer Festival
Old-fashioned family games, a parade down Main Street, and a softball tourney are among the favorite activities at Everson and Nooksack city parks. Free.
Details: 360-966-3407, eversonnooksackchamber.org.
July 16, 23, and Aug. 6
Missoula Children’s Theatre Camps Shows
Actors from Montana’s esteemed theater camp direct local kids in “The Frog Prince” on July 16, “Peter and Wendy” on July 23, and “The Princess and the Pea” on Aug. 6, at Mount Baker Theatre, with shows at 3 and 7 p.m. $6-$10
Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.
Birch Bay Sand Castle Contest
Families transform the sand on the beach at Birch Bay into castles and imaginative sculptures starting at 9 a.m. both days. Free.
Details: 360-371-5004, birchbaychamber.com/sandcastles.html.
Old Settlers Picnic at Pioneer Park
A Whatcom County tradition for more than a century, the picnic at Ferndale’s Pioneer Park celebrates the rich history of the area with live music, a fun run/walk, two parades, a classic car show, and tours of the pioneer cabins. Fees vary.
Details: whatcomoldsettlers.com, 360-224-8128.
Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, West Edge Credit Union, and The Bellingham Herald sponsor activities from a variety of Whatcom County organizations, plus lots of other activities, games, and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a new location at Civic Field. Free.
Drayton Harbor Days Festival Street Fair & Maritime Celebration
A two-day weekend event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day is packed with kids’ games, craft activities, a scavenger hunt, the “Prestigious George Raft Race,” a pirate-costume judging contest, arts, food vendors, and vintage steamboats at Blaine Boating Center. Free.
Details: Blaine Chamber of Commerce, 360-332-4544; Blaine Harbor Master’s office, 360-332-1042.
Ferndale Street Festival
The festival features live music, a car show, food and craft vendors, and an entire block dedicated to families and kids with their own stage acts. Free.
Details: ferndalestreetfestival.com, 360-384-3042