Stillaguamish Festival of the River

There are many reasons to drive out to Arlington this weekend, but apart from the scenery along the Mountain Loop Highway, we recommend the annual salmon bake at the Stillaguamish Festival of the River. The tribe, which owns the nearby Angel of the Winds casino, will offer a variety of exhibits on its history and current culture. That means logging demonstrations, a pow wow, fly fishing, live eagle display, climbing wall, storytelling for the kids, a “giant roving salmon puppet,” 5K fun run—and, of course, salmon. It’ll be cooked outside, by the river, in centuries-old fashion. The tribe is actively trying to restore salmon habitat along the Stillaguamish River, and you can also take a foot tour to inspect those efforts. As for the health of the tribal members, and refreshing among summer’s often boozy festivals, this weekend event is alcohol-free, which ought to make it even more kid-friendly. Today is the stronger day for music, with The Neville Brothers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite performing. But the fish will be just as delicious on Sunday. T. BOND

Sat., Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 2010