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A&E calendar: Veg Fest, Sunnyland sipping, giant pumpkins and more

A curated selection of events from Whatcom and Skagit counties
September 14, 2022 at 5:15 a.m.
At the 2019 Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival, Lee Roof from Oak Harbor squashed the competition with his 1,548-pound pumpkin. At this year’s event taking place Saturday, Sept. 17, at Christianson’s Nursery, residents from around the state will compete in the weigh-off. Music, activities for kids and more will be part of the fall-focused festivity.
At the 2019 Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival, Lee Roof from Oak Harbor squashed the competition with his 1,548-pound pumpkin. At this year’s event taking place Saturday, Sept. 17, at Christianson’s Nursery, residents from around the state will compete in the weigh-off. Music, activities for kids and more will be part of the fall-focused festivity. (Photo courtesy of Christianson's Nursery)

By AMY KEPFERLE
Staff Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Twin Sisters Comedy Show
7 p.m., Twin Sisters Brewing, 500 Carolina St. 
Evergreen Comedy presents this standup set featuring Dan Mills, and headliner and Seattle native Monica Nevi. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Info: eventbrite.com

Chuckanut Radio Hour
7 p.m., Hotel Leo, 1224 Cornwall Ave.
Bestselling author Kira Jane Buxton, author of “Feral Creatures,” will be the featured author at this month’s iteration of the live radio show. Poetry, “groaner” jokes, live music and more will be part of the book-related fun. Please register in advance, as space is limited. Info: villagebooks.com

Thursday, Sept. 15

Sunnyland Fest
Today through Sunday, Sept. 18, various breweries
Kulshan Brewing, Motherlands Beer, Twin Sisters Brewing, Stemma Brewing, Wander Brewing and North Fork Brewery will take part in this event, which includes a Brewers Pub Crawl on Friday, the rollout of special beers from each brewery, prizes, punch cards and more. Human-powered transportation is encouraged. Info: kulshanbrewing.com/events

Saturday, Sept. 17

Giant Pumpkin Festival
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon 
Power produce will take center stage when the Skagit County Giant Pumpkin Festival returns. As the official weigh-off site of the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth, an international organization, registration will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your exhibition veggies, as well. Face painting, a balloon fairy, bluegrass music, a hay maze, carnival games, seasonal bites, a beer garden and more will be part of the fun. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.; a top prize of $1,500 will be given to the heaviest orange orb. Entry is free. Info: christiansonsnursery.com

Lynden Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 319 Grover St., Lynden 
Approximately 20 vendors sell everything from produce to baked goods, eggs, jams and jellies, hot sauce, flowers, honey, ice cream, arts and crafts and more at this weekly event highlighting the bounty of Whatcom County. The market concludes for the season Saturday, Sept. 24. Info: lyndenfarmersmarket.com

Museum Day
Noon to 5 p.m., Whatcom Museum, Skagit County Historical Museum
As part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day — an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket — Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall and Lightcatcher Building will participate, as will the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner. Please secure a ticket in advance. Info: smithsonianmag.com/museumday

Rebel Artists of Whatcom
Noon to 5 p.m., 1314 Commercial St.
Attend a weekly art market featuring works by a collective of small local artists and artisans who have a mission to provide a space for creators and makers to be included and supported, and where their voices are heard and respected. Info: rebelartistsofwhatcom.com

Rise Up
7:30 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
“Rise Up: The Music of Hamilton and Broadway” will feature an ensemble of top vocalists and musicians performing show tunes from the musicals “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Rent,” “Wicked,” “Waitress” and more. The 10-piece ensemble has performed at venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. Tickets are $22.50–$42.50. Info: mountbakertheatre.com

Sunday, Sept. 18

Veg Fest
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Barkley Village, 2219 Rimland Dr.
Celebrate plant-based food, products and lifestyles at this second-annual event featuring food trucks, tastings, art, crafts, raffles and demo booths. Everything sold, distributed and displayed at this event will be 100% vegan. Veg Fest stands for compassion for all humans and non-humans, commitment to the health and sustainability of our planet, and support for local vegan and vegan-friendly small businesses and nonprofits. Entry is free. Info: bellinghamvegfest.org.  

Hope Auction
5:30 p.m., Twin Sisters Brewing, 500 Carolina St.

Join the Interfaith Coalition for the return of this fundraiser, which raises money that equips Whatcom County families to get out of the quicksand that is homelessness. A slider and salad bar, open bar social hour, live auction and more will be part of the evening’s activities. Tickets for the in-person event are $90. An online auction will take place in the days leading up to the event. Info: interfaith-coalition.org

Monday, Sept. 19

Comedy Saloon
9 p.m., Horseshoe Cafe, 113 E. Holly St.
Head to one of the oldest cafes and cocktail lounges in Washington state when this event hits the Ranch Room stage. The free event has happy hour prices, featured standup comedians — this go-round will highlight Matt Benoit and headliner Juno Men — and a fast-paced open mic round. The events take place on the first and third Monday each month. Info: horseshoecafe.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Beach Cat Comedy Open Mic
8 p.m., Beach Cat Brewing Co., 7876 Birch Bay Dr.
Nikki Kilpatrick hosts this free standup comedy show on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Signups start at 7:30 p.m., with each performer getting five minutes onstage. The event is 18-plus, with some mature content. There will be zero tolerance of “punching down” on marginalized groups of people. The venue and performance space is wheelchair accessible. Info: asnailspace@gmail.com


Before heading out to attend in-person happenings, check with individual venues to make sure the event is still taking place as scheduled.

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