Sorticulture, Everett’s annual art and garden party, offers lots to entertain the family beyond, well, art and gardening stuff.
Let’s start with live music performances that run through Sorticulture weekend.
The music kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday at Legion Memorial Park with the Gypsy jazz swing group Ranger &the Re-Arrangers.
Other musical groups include The Tarantellas, a group of strolling Italian entertainers, and Impossible Bird, an upbeat alternative folk group, which both play Saturday.
On Sunday, there’s Ali Marcus, an Americana folk singer, and Jr. Geezer, who performs original folk rock.
Add an assortment of free activities for kids and it’s a family friendly destination.
Free kid’s activities include painting a flower pot and planting a seed.
A wandering balloon artist will wander from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Kids can learn about tribal carving from the Quilceda Carvers or — we are warning you ahead of time, parents — visit the adoptable animals at the Everett Animal Shelter bus.
Not free but crafty is a visit to the Active Art and Science booth where kids can make stepping stones and other mosaics for $10 to $15.
For a temporary souvenir, there’s face painting. Hours are 3 to 6:50 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Sunday.
Sorticulture runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett.
Admission is free and dogs are allowed on leashes.
Parking at Legion Park is for disabled permit holders only.
The best way to get to Sorticulture is to park at Everett Community College’s North Broadway parking lot at 900 North Broadway and take the shuttle bus that runs every 15 to 20 minutes. Regular fares apply. Adults are $1.
You can return to the park with your car to pick up heavy purchases.