Strawberry festival, pug gala and more weekend fun

Pug overload: What’s cuter than a pug dog? How about dozens of pugs? How about dozens of pugs dressed in costumes or having a kissing contest or balancing in an agility course? That’s what you’ll find at the Pug Gala on Saturday in Monroe. Read more in our story here.

Eat strawberries: Don’t miss the strawberry shortcake at the Marysville Strawberry Festival on Saturday and Sunday. There’s lots more to do, too, including a trike race, a kiddy parade, a beer garden a marketplace and more. Learn more in our story here.

… And more berries: The Biringer Strawberry Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the farm, 21412 59th Ave. NE, Arlington. There will be trolley rides to U-pick strawberry fields, animals, inflatable children’s slide; and pony rides on Saturday. Learn more about it at

Go fishing: The first-ever sockeye fishery on the lower Skagit River opens Saturday morning to a three-fish limit and a whole lot of interest. The season runs through July 15, between the Memorial Highway (Highway 536) bridge in downtown Mount Vernon and Gilligan Creek, above Sedro-Woolley. Find all the details in our story here.

Shop for art: The Edmonds Arts Festival will feature the works of 450 artists. The annual free event lets visitors take in high-quality art. The art festival offers creations that are purely art, but visitors can also check out pieces that are art mixed with function. Read more about it in our story here.

Shop for art, garage sale style: Shop for great deals at the Artists Garage Sale at the Schack Art Center in Everett on Saturday. More than 100 artists will offer old and new stock and supplies — including watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylics, glass, found objects, sculpture, ceramics, photography and garden art — at bargain prices. After the garage sale, Everett’s Third Saturday Artwalk runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at various studios and galleries throughout downtown. Find the details in our story here.

Give Dad a break: Sunday is Father’s Day. If you don’t have anything planned for the weekend yet, how about a train ride on Saturday? The Lake Whatcom Railway is offering scenic train rides that are a bargain for families looking for a way to spend the day before Father’s Day riding the rails. Riders will travel in a full-size antique train car of the Lake Whatcom Railway at Wickersham. The 90-minute trip leaves from Sedro-Woolley in Skagit County. Read more in our story here.

Watch old warbirds: The Flying Heritage Collection’s next free summer fly day is Saturday, when some of America’s most important aircraft of World War II will be on display. The free event starts at noon. Go to for more information.

Learn about the ocean: The World Oceans Day Festival on Saturday celebrates our waterways with beach walks, crafts and boat rentals along with guest speakers to talk about this fragile ecosystem. There will also be more than 30 educational booths, live music and an in-water fire rescue boat demonstration. Find details in our story here.

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.

More in Life

Secret garden: Privacy trees that won’t outgrow a small space

These plants offer some height to block out unwanted sights without taking over your yard.

‘Young Sheldon’ was born out of ‘The Big Bang Theory’

The hit TV show about Sheldon Cooper now has a spinoff series about him when he was a kid genius.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Seattle Home Show 2: The fall version of the oldest and largest… Continue reading

Reminder: Historic Everett’s self-guided home tour is today

The featured home depicted in the tour poster painting by Everett artist Elizabeth Person.

Great Plant Pick: Panicum virgatum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’

This red-foliaged switch grass makes a good specimen but also creates a bold statement in a drift.

Plant these late bloomers to brighten up your shade garden

In this follow-up to a column on sunny borders, Steve Smith lists flowers to liven up a dark yard.

Do you know the joke about a set of special-order dishes?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A black-and-white design for colorful plates was sent to China…

Megyn Kelly hopes for a Trump-free zone with new daily show

She says her morning talk show, which debuts Monday on NBC, will not focus on politics.

Beer of the Week: 5 Rights Brewing’s Fresh hop imperial IPA

The Marysville brewery named its beer Wobbly the Laborer after the Industrial Workers of the World.

Most Read