Blaine and Birch Bay host festivals this weekend


By Steve Guntli

This weekend is a great time to be in Blaine and Birch Bay. On August 1 and 2, both areas will host activity-packed festivals for residents and tourists to enjoy.

Drayton Harbor Days

Blaine’s Drayton Harbor Days returns this weekend. The festival is chock-full of fun events that celebrate Blaine’s maritime spirit and rich seafaring history.

Start Saturday with a run at the Run for the Border 5k. The race runs from Marine Park through Peace Arch State Park and back. Kids can participate in a 1-mile fun run around Marine Park. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. To register, visit

After the race, check out the vendors, games and entertainers along the boardwalk of Drayton Harbor. The Plover ferry will be running routes between Blaine Marina and Semiahmoo, and a collection of vintage steamships will sail into the harbor for an exhibition. Both kids and adults can enter a pirate-themed costume contest, with prizes from local restaurants and businesses.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, don’t miss the Prestigious George Raft Race. Competitors with homemade rafts made of scrap material will vie for the trophy as they paddle through Drayton Harbor and try not to sink. For information and registration, visit

On Saturday evening, visit Marine Park for a free evening screening of the 1985 film “The Goonies.” Return on Sunday for more fun on the boardwalk, including a costume contest for pets at 1 p.m. at the marina office. All pets are welcome to enter.

For more information, visit

Rollback Weekend

The first-ever Rollback Weekend is a testament to Birch Bay’s history.

The festival is a celebration of Birch Bay’s heyday in the ’50s and ’60s, when classic cars cruised Birch Bay Drive in droves.

Rollback Weekend will take place along Birch Bay Drive all weekend long. Live bands will perform classic rock ‘n’ roll favorites from 1 to 6:30 p.m. both days, and KAFE 104.1 will broadcast the event live for three hours on Saturday.

A vintage car show will bring in some of the most beautiful cars from around the state to Birch Bay. Winners will take home one of 50 custom surfboard trophies.

On Sunday, the festival will host a cruising car show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Classic cars will coast slowly down Birch Bay Drive, while observers can vote for their favorites from one of several restaurants along the bay.

For more information, visit

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