Whatcom Magazine

Family Fun: Tulip Festival, kids’ dog show brighten early spring in Whatcom County

SKAGIT VALLEY TULIP FESTIVAL

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the Northwest’s destination events, held all of April in Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes and surrounding Skagit Valley.

Every spring, hundreds of thousands of people come to celebrate as millions of tulips (and daffodils) burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the flowers bloom according to their own schedules sometime during the festival.

Details: 360-428-5959, tulipfestival.org.

POOCHES WANTED FOR KIDS’ DOG SHOW

Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department’s 33rd annual Kids’ Dog Show takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 14, at Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. Check-in begins at 10 a.m.

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade show their pooches in such categories as best costume (paired with the accompanying human), longest ears, and best trick. There also will be prizes and helpful pet care information.

Advance registration is required. The program number this year is 29508; you will need it to register.

Admission for spectators is a can of dog food for the Alternative Humane Society.

Details, registration: 360-778-7000, www.cob.org/ezreg.

RECYCLED PERCUSSION AT MOUNT BAKER THEATRE

Once Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion, the band’s junk-rock music became a national phenomenon during their hit performances on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009. Now, Recycled Percussion comes to Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. March 17. Admission is $6.

Playing more than 4,000 shows and more than 400 corporate events in over 15 countries, the group has also made guest appearances on “Carson Daly,” “The Today Show,” “China’s Got Talent” and the Latin Grammy Awards. The band gained worldwide recognition after being featured on the cover of USA Today and being voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times.

Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.

PROCESSION OF THE SPECIES PARADE

Bellingham’s annual Procession of the Species event celebrates Earth Day and the wonders of the natural world. Participants of all ages can dress like their favorite creature (real or imaginary) and join the fun or line the streets to watch the parade.

Numerous workshops with local artists take place weeks before the event to bring to life unique inventions, imagined and developed out of all kinds of recycled materials — wondrous creatures and plants in various forms, plus masks, wearable puppets, inventive instruments, colorful banners and more.

The lineup starts 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, on Lottie Street between City Hall and Bellingham Public Library, and proceeds to Maritime Heritage Park. The only rules: No motorized vehicles, no live animals or pets, and no written or spoken words.

Details: bpots.org and Procession of the Species Bellingham on Facebook.

MOUNT BAKER ROCK AND GEM CLUB’S ANNUAL SHOW

What kid doesn’t come back from a hike or a stroll on the beach without a pocket full of rocks?

Mount Baker Rock and Gem Club’s annual show, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 at Bloedel-Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave., features exhibits and the sale of rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils; plus jewelry, lapidary equipment displays and sales, demonstrations, gold panning experiences, and experts eager to talk to young rockhounds.

Details: 360-734-3994, mtbakerrockclub.org.

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