Film fest: The Everett Film Festival kicks off on Friday with a gala and a showing of “Lucky Them,” which was filmed and set in King County. The festival continues on Saturday. Get all the details, including the schedule, in our story here.
Take a hike: The weekend is looking excellent for hiking, with highs in the low 50s and little chance of rain. It’d be a great time to check out one of these 16 trails that you can hike right now.
Who done it? Two murder mystery comedies open on local stages on Friday. “Death By Chocolate” is Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Edmonds. And in Marysville, “Spider’s Web” is playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Get all the details in our story here.
Even more murder: The Langley Mystery Weekend is Saturday and Sunday. This year’s murder mystery involves 26 local actors careening around the streets of Langley. People who want to help solve the mystery should come to the Langley Chamber of Commerce &Visitors Center on Anthes Street at 10 a.m. Saturday morning to buy a clue map and a copy of the Gazette with details of the murder. Visit the scene of the crime, pick up clues from merchants and interact with suspects in costume. When you know “who done it,” bring your answer back to headquarters. Prizes at 5 p.m. Sunday at Langley Middle School. For more info, call 360-221-6765.
A quest: The Great Northwest Glass Quest runs through Sunday. You look around the Stanwood-Camano Island area for little plastic balls that are hiding. If you find one, it can be redeemed for a beautiful, hand-blown glass ball. Get all the details in our story here.
Tooth-Apolooza: Imagine Children’s Museum is free on Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Pediatric dentists will offer free mini dental exams for children from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be activity stations where kids can learn about brushing and what sugar does to teeth. The “Sugar Aware Experiment” with the museum’s own Dr. Science is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free goodie bags with toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. For more, call 425-258-1006 or go to imaginecm.org.
Look for gold: The Washington Prospectors Gold, Gem &Mineral Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Learn to pan for gold or bring a rock/ore sample to be analyzed. Minerals, gemstones, fossils and jewelry will be for sale. Admission $5; ages 13 and younger are free. For more, go here.
Madcap adventure: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” opens at the Whidbey Children’s Theater on Friday. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is next to Langley Middle School. Tickets are $8 students; $12 seniors; and $15 adults. The show is for ages 4 and up. For more, go here.
Glass slipper: See “Cinderella” by the StoryBook Theater at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Everett PUD Auditorium, 2320 California St. Tickets are $11. For more, go here.
Battle of the Bands: Everett High School students and the Everett Music Initiative offer a competition at 7 p.m. Friday at Everett Civic Auditorium. Headliners include Hot! Donna and Born of Ghosts. There will be four high school bands. The proceeds benefit Cocoon House. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Down Home Country Roundup: The Marlin James Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Historic Everett Theatre. Guest performers are Stephanie Miller, Randi Coffman, Bev Cloer, Angelyn Dawn, Randy Oesch and Polly O’Keary. The theme is music from the movies, with a country twist. Call 425-258-6766.
Tim and Jude Noah: This father-son duo, Tim on guitar and Jude on violin, play Americana, Celtic, folk, pop, gospel, blues and tin-pan alley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thumbnail Theatre, 1211 Fourth S., Snohomish. Get all the info in our story here.
Bluegrass: Hear Mike Faast and Jamie Blair perform their “extreme bluegrass” at the Everett Public Library Auditorium at 2 p.m. Sunday. Faast &Blair are among the region’s elite bluegrass players. They will be joined for the concert by Seattle fiddler Paul Elliott of the Downtown Mountain Boys. The show is free.