Check out art, performers

Flutes, drums and beaded safety-pin crafts. Watercolor paintings, cards and trivets. Shirt and hat tie-dyeing.

These are parts of the 25th annual HomeGrown festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday along Third Street in Marysville.

To those, add dozens of other vendors — about 80, total — plus performers including tap dancers and a zumba group.

It’s all free, except $5 to $15 fees for the tie-dyeing.

Organizers say each musician or group will perform for about an hour at the Outer Court at the Carabinieri Espresso Stand off Third Street. Learn more at 360-474-4544 and

The 21st annual Stillaguamish Festival of the River and PowWow is another family event with full days of all-ages fun Saturday and Sunday at River Meadows County Park, 20416 Jordan Road, Arlington.

A Fun Run 5K starts with registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday and the race starting at 9 in the park. Race entry is $15, $10 for ages 18 and under.

The rest of the festival, open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, involves cultural demonstrations; logging shows at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; pow wows with dances and presentations of colors at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; and live music starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Children’s entertainment includes puppet shows, a native storyteller and exploration of the “Brain” exhibit from Pacific Science Center. Admission is free. Parking costs $5 per car, per day. Get more details at 360-631-2620 or

Continuing the lineup of 2010 festivals, Thursday marks the opening of the Island County Fair, at 819 Camano Ave., Langley.

The fairgrounds will host 4-H activities, art displays, a carnival and various stage performances.

Among the performers will be children’s act Buck &Elizabeth (1:30 p.m. Thursday), One World Taiko (11:30 a.m. Friday), country group The Doowah Riders (8:30 p.m. Saturday) and Sterling Dietz, an award-winning magician from Ferndale (5:15 p.m. Sunday).

The fair runs 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and $7, free for ages 5 and under. Call 360-221-4677 or visit

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