Aquafest, Silvana Fair top weekend to-do list

Get lake: The Lake Stevens Aquafest runs Friday through Sunday, mostly downtown along Main Street. This year’s theme is “Got Lake?” and lake-themed activities include a boat parade, introductory rowing sessions and the annual personal watercraft and wakeboard competitions. Get the details in our story here.

Time travel: The Silvana Fair feels like old times, and that’s by design. See kids’ exhibits of cows, sheep, goats, dogs, pigs, chickens, ducks and rabbits. There are also classic displays of antique tractors and tables inside Viking Hall covered with jars of home-canned fruits and vegetables, baskets of fresh eggs and Silvana-sized vegetables. One thing is new: a tractor pull. The fair is Saturday only. Read more about it here.

Take the Tour: The Tour de Terrace kicks off Friday evening with a parade in Mountlake Terrace. It includes the Seafair Pirates and Clowns, Lake City Western Vigilantes, drill teams, dancers, floats, trucks and classic cars. The fun continues with events and fireworks all weekend. Click here for details.

Jammin’: Everett’s Nubian Jam is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. Join in the celebration of African-American culture with speakers, live performances and vendors. It’s free. Details at

Smell the roses: Head to Stanwood on Saturday to tour Len and Marilyn Heller’s Rose Garden Open House. The Hellers’ extensive collection of more than 1,000 bushes includes Canadian, Gallica, Pimpinellifoliae, Rugosa, Foetida and hybrid tea roses, all in a layout inspired by ancient designs. Learn more about it here.

Look up: Take off for Paine Field Saturday for another Free Fly Day presented by the Flying Heritage Collection. Fighter Evolution Day begins at noon with flights by restored World War II-era aircraft, a Supermarine Spitfire and a North American P-51D Mustang. It’s free to watch the flights, but admission to the collection is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $8 for youths 15 and younger, free for children 5 and younger. More info at

Strike gold: Gold Bar’s Gold Dust Days are this weekend. Enjoy food and craft booths and gold panning starting at 3 p.m. Friday and continuing all weekend. Kids’ activities include gunny sack races and a bouncy house. Head east on U.S. 2 and you can’t miss it.

Listen up: Everett’s free Saturday evening waterfront concerts continue at Port Gardner Landing, this week featuring the Halyards, who play rock, Americana and folk. The concerts are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 25 at 1700 W. Marine View Drive. Info at

Learn or admire: Quilts on the Beach 3 is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island. There will be quilt displays and a sale, flower pounding, quilt sewing and other activites and coloring for kids. The event is free, but you will need a state park Discover pass for parking, which you can buy at the park. More information at 360-387-4550.

Look for ideas: Tour eight gorgeous gardens on the annual Snohomish Garden Tour. Read our story about it and get a sneak peek at some photos here.

Take your pick: The Bryant Blueberry Farm Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 5628 Grandview Road, Arlington. Along with berry picking, there will be a playground, flowers and farm animals. Details at

Outdoor movies: This week you can catch “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Hop,” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn.” Click here for our full list of what’s playing when.

Plan ahead: See what else is coming up in Splash, our summer guide.

Dine in style: Take a look at our recent dining reviews to find something delicious.

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