Full summer weekend

  • Samantha Sunne Herald Writer
  • Friday, June 17, 2011 2:32pm
  • Life

The forecast may be cloudy with a chance of rain, but that isn’t stopping Snohomish County from celebrating summer. This weekend is full of berry festivals, barbecues, beach walks and all the other parts of summer, except the sun.

Take in some art: The Edmonds Arts Festival features th

e work of hundreds of artists among the Frances Anderson Center’s view of the Puget Sound. It’s one of the largest arts festivals in the northwest, and it’s free, so it might be a good idea to take advantage of the free shuttle. The festival runs Friday through Sunday; read more about it here.

Celebrate berries: The strawberry, that annual herald of summer, gets its due respect with a grand parade in Marysville on Saturday. The last weekend of the Marysville Strawberry Festival also includes activities like the Market in the Park and a kid’s carnival at Marysville Middle School. You can get more info here.

Try local beer: Hundreds of locally crafted brews will be available to the discerning tastes of fellow Washingtonians at St. Edwards State Park in Kenmore. Tickets to the Washington Brewers Festival range from $15 to $25, but designated drivers get a discount. Read more about the festival here.

Get your feet wet: Learn more about the goings-on in the big blue at the CamOcean World Oceans Day Festival on Camano Island. This family friendly festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and includes beach walks, crafts and discounted boat rentals. Admission is free. Find out more here.

Check out a local band: Nigel Mustafa, a Snohomish County-based band that blends reggae and rock, are holding a CD release party tonight in Arlington. Check it out here and be the first to get their new album, “Happy Friendship.”

Get out your fiddlin’ sticks: Part two of “The Silver Horseshoe Revue” plays Friday and Saturday night in Stanwood. Highlights include the Clip-Clop Comedy Crew and the ever dramatic soap opera “Prospecting for Passion.” Part one of this dinner theater production sold out, so get your tickets early. They’re $15 for the show, but dinner and a dessert buffet are also offered. Read more here.

Have a very merry day: Burlington’s Berry Dairy Days are offering pony rides, live music, strawberry shortcake and anything else your summer might need this weekend. There will be Kiwanis Salmon barbecues and other events at the festival in the park. Get all the info you need here.

See behind the scenes of a whodunit: Listen to local mystery authors Larry Karp, Jeanne Matthews, Bernadette Pajer and Susan Schreyer discuss mysteries novels and the characters in them. Uppercase Books in Snohomish is holding its Local Mystery Authors Panel Discussion at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Check out the local art scene: The Everett Art Walk is bigger than ever, with dozens of businesses offering refreshments and local art along Everett’s Hewitt Avenue. Click here for an interactive map of participating locations.

Bring out your inner artist: Tons of deals can be found on paint supplies, sculptures and finished art works in downtown Everett on Saturday. The Schack Art Center and Hoyt Avenue will be filled with booths for the Artists’ Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read about the event here.

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