Swing by: Swingnuts Jazz will bring its high-spirted, watchable and danceable music at Cyndy’s Broiler, 27021 102nd Ave. NW in Stanwood, Friday starting at 8 p.m. Find more performances and information on the band’s website.
Beer tasting: Celebrate Independence Day early at a beer tasting event Friday from 3-7 p.m. The free samples will be poured at the Everett Safeway at 5802 134th Place SE.
“Freedom Festival”: After a year hiatus, Naval Station Everett’s “Freedom Festival” returns Saturday with tours of ships, food and entertainment on the base. See a guided-missile destroyer, a frigate or a Coast Guard cutter. The festival is one of the few opportunities the public has to go on base. Events begin at 10 a.m.; tours, first-come, first-served, start an hour later. Find full details in our story.
Pet some animals: Meet goats, sheep, ducks and hens, rabbits, calves and pigs at Everett’s Animal Farm, opening Saturday at Forest Park. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. To learn more, click here.
Alpaca shearing: Don’t miss out on the annual shearing of the alpacas. Open to the public, this event is the annual harvest of alpaca fiber for processing. Come learn more about these unique animals and tour a homestead campground Saturday and Sunday at Paca Pride Guest Ranch in Granite Falls. Click here for details.
Hometown Hootenanny: Dust off the red, white and blue as it’s time for an old-fashioned, country-style patriotic party. “A Star Spangled Songfest” is the Hometown Hootenanny’s June showcase of flag-waving, singalong and get-ready-for-July-4 merriment. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Historic Everett Theatre. To learn more, read our story.
Pro wakeboarders: Watch X Games gold medalists, world record holders, national and world champions battle it out for a cash purse by performing big-air maneuvers and rail tricks, while being pulled on the water by official PWT towboat, the MasterCraft X-star. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Tye in Monroe. Click here for more information.
Marina music The Music At The Marina series on the Everett waterfront continues Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. with an orchestral folk performance by Hey Marseille. Find out more here.
Wooden Boat Festival: The 2012 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, the biggest one yet, opens Saturday through the 4th of July. See a variety of classic wooden boats, build your very own tiny wooden ship, go for a ride on a sail, row or motor boat and hear a variety of live music throughout the weekend, all for free. For full festival details, check out the website.
Go for a spin: After months of anticipation, Seattle’s Great Wheel is scheduled to open Saturday at the end of Pier 57. Learn all about the latest Seattle attraction in our story.
Jetty Island Days: Surf, sand and sun (no guarantees here) await across from Everett’s waterfront. The ferries will start running Sunday, the official opening of Jetty Island Days, which runs through Sept. 3. Everett’s 2-mile long beach oasis supplies water, warm sand and nature trails. It’s also popular with kite boarders. Find out more here. For a look at the plants and animals that live on Jetty Island, check out our handy guide.
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.