BELLINGHAM FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Bellingham Festival of Music continues through July 17 with orchestra and chamber music concerts, recitals, and master classes by world-class musicians. Guest artists include violinist Cho-Liang Lin, the Calidore String Quartet, pianists Kuok-Wai Lio and Peter Serkin, and soprano Ilana Davidson.
Free pre-concert lectures begins at 6:30 p.m. in the WWU PAC Concert Hall before each of the five orchestral concerts (July 9, 13 and 17).
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Highlights: The Calidore Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 7 as well as in concerto with the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. July 9.
In a popular and often sold-out performance and catered reception, orchestral musicians will perform Chamber Music-by-the-Bay at 4 p.m. July 10 at Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The program includes works by Franz Schubert, Bela Bartok, Max Bruch and Camille Saint-Saëns.
The festival culminates with Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor on July 17.
Tickets: 360-650-6146, tickets.wwu.edu.
Details: 360-201-6621, bellinghamfestival.org.
Accessibility: All venues are wheelchair-accessible.
BENEFITS FOR ANIMALS
▪ The Alternative Humane Society’s annual Paws and Claws Expo is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31 at Bloedel Donovan Park, with vendors, demonstrations, a community garage sale and more.
Details: 360-671-7445, alternativehumanesociety.com.
▪ The fourth annual Birch Bay Music Festival is July 29-31 at Birch Bay Golf Club,7878 Birch Bay Drive, with children’s activities, vendors, a beer-and-wine garden, and music by 21 bands. Proceeds benefit Orca Network, a nonprofit dedicated to improving orca habitat; and Rescued Hearts and Happy Tails Happy Homes, which are dog and cat rescues.
Details: 360-371-5409, birchbaymusicfestival.com.
▪ The Dog Days of Summer Run/Walk & Festival, sponsored by Whatcom Humane Society, is 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at Lake Padden Park, with a fun run/walk and 10k run, games, contests, exhibitions, and food for dogs and people.
Details: 360-733-2080, whatcomhumane.org.
Accessibility: Bloedel Donovan Park, Birch Bay Golf Club, and Lake Padden Park have uneven ground.
DRAYTON HARBOR DAYS
The annual celebration of Blaine’s maritime heritage is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6-7 at Blaine Marina and Semiahmoo Spit, with 30 steamboats on display, a model boat exhibit, live music, craft booths, and sea chanty sing-alongs. Other activities include the George Raft Race, exhibits, Plover Ferry rides, and a pet contest.
Details: 360-332-6484, draytonharbormaritime.org.
Accessibility: Some locations at the marina and spit might not be wheelchair-accessible.
NORTHWEST WASHINGTON FAIR
The annual fair runs Aug. 15-20 at the Northwest Washington Fair and Events Center, 1775 Front St., Lynden, with carnival rides; food; grandstand entertainers; a demolition derby; and quilts, canning, art, photography, and 4H and FFA exhibits. Gates open 9 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Carnival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets for reserved grandstand seats don’t include gate admission ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 ages 6-12), which is required. The fair includes the Lynden PRCA Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17; admission is $15 and doesn’t include gate admission, also required.
Details: 877-699-FAIR (3247). nwwafair.com.
Accessibility: Handicap-only parking near main entrance; paved walkways throughout the grounds; wheelchairs loaned for free use on fairgrounds; wide entrances and aisles in buildings.
The inaugural Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival, hosted by Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation, is Sept. 2-5 at Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielson Ave., Ferndale. Highlights include a main stage with live bluegrass music 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; camping Friday afternoon to noon Monday; craft and food vendors; a beer garden; instrument contests, workshops and jam sessions; and children’s entertainment and activities. Early-bird tickets available through Aug. 15. Camping is extra.
Details: 360-474-7715, hhbgf.org.
Accessibility: Hovander Homestead Park is uneven ground.