Arts and music festival comes to Peace Arch Park

Arts_SG-6The International Arts and Music Festival is returning to the Peace Arch State Park June 24-26.

This is the fourth year the festival has been held in Peace Arch Park. Artists and musicians come from all over Washington and British Columbia to share their passion for the arts with the local community.

Cosmos Bistro will be providing food for all three days of the festival. The Bellingham eatery has become one of Whatcom County’s most popular dining locations, thanks to its gourmet twists on classic comfort food like macaroni and cheese and pulled pork sandwiches. Boundary Bay Brewery and Samson Estates Winery will provide beverages for the wine and beer garden.

More than a dozen artists have signed up to sell their work at the festival, with artistic mediums as varied as painting, sculpting, woodworking, quilting and mixed-media pieces.

This year’s musical performers will play an eclectic blend of styles from around the world. Local favorites Whisky Minstrels, JP Falcon, Lord Knapp and Sabrina y los Reyes will be joined by new acts such as Baby Cakes, an experimental pop group, and Rocky Vasalino, a ’50s throwback group.

Ocheami is returning this year to perform for younger audiences. The group performs traditional African music and folktales for children.

Parking for the event is free and won’t require a Discover Pass. The International Arts and Music Festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25–26. For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit peacearchart.org.

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