Our cities offer free entertainment

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:30am
  • Opinion

We are very fortunate to live in Marysville and Arlington.

Both communities offer a wide variety of free entertainment every summer to give families some fun things to do when they are not on somewhere else on vacation.

In Marysville there is music for kids and adults and movies for both. In Arlington there is music and some movies, too.

Arlington’s Summer Entertainment Series kicks off June 7 with the Jimmy Wright Band from 6-9 p.m. at Legion Park. Elvis, not the real one, will perform June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by local favorites the Harvey Creek Band until 3 p.m. They are the featured performers for the also free Show & Shine Car Show, put on by the Downtown Arlington Business Association. On June 28, from 8-10 p.m., Aaron Crawford will perform.

Harvey Creek Band gets things going July 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. The Street Fair July 12-14 will have all types of things going on but Kornstalk will perform at Legion Park. The classic rock group Aardvarks United will perform July 26 from 6:30-8 p.m.

In August, Land of Color will perform on the 9th and Walking Maya Band the 16th, both from 6:30-8 p.m. Harvest Festival ends the Music in the Park series Sept. 7.

The city is able provide free concerts with funding from the hotel tax fund. Arlington’s hotel-motel tax fund also helps the city provide free movies at Olympic Theater. All start at 7 p.m. The first one will be The Lego 2 Movie June 21. On July 19 it will be Into the Spider-Verse. The finale will be Dumbo Aug. 2.

As usual, Arlington will have its Old-Fashioned 4th of July, but this year Marysville will have its own free Independence Day event starting at 7 p.m. at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. There will be family activities, live music by Babycakes and fireworks. But other free events in Marysville start long before that with the Splish Splash Summer Bash at the Spray Park at Comeford Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26. Arts and crafts, face painting, games and a kids concert by Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies are scheduled.

The city’s regular concert series starts at noon at Jennings Park starts July 10 with Eric Haines. The other two are July 24 with the Brian Waite Band and Aug. 7 with Recess Monkey.

The Sounds of Summer concert series start July 12 at 7 p.m. at Jennings Park with the Harvey Creek Band. On the Fridays after that there will be the Chris Eger Band (19th), School of Rock (26th), The Jukehouse Hounds (Aug. 2) and the Jimmy Wright Band (9th.).

Marysville places a big emphasis on its Popcorn in the Park Outdoor Movies at Jennings Park Saturdays starting at Sundown with five free movies this summer.

Kicking it off is A Dog’s Way Home July 13, followed by Ralph Breaks the Internet July 20, Bumblebee July 27, Incredibles 2 Aug. 3 and The Karate Kid Aug. 10. All are rated PG, except Bumblebee, which is PG-13.

Save this list and have lots of free fun this summer.

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