Ski to Sea Treasure Hunt
MAY 26 Peoples Bank is launching a community treasure hunt to celebrate 46 years of the Ski to Sea race. 50 blue piggy banks will be hidden in Fairhaven on race day, Sunday, May 26. Each pig contains a clue leading to the location of one golden pig containing $500. Help us support this event and spread the word! Read more here: https://www.
Spring Fling Wine Social
MAY 18 The Hotel Bellwether Spring Fling is a premier wine & food event showcasing 16+ wineries from the Pacific Northwest down to California. Along with a variety of global and northwest wines, the Spring Fling will also serve savory bites from Hotel Bellwether’s Lighthouse Grill. You won’t want to miss this wine and food social featuring great food, top tier wines and a whole bunch of fun!
Hotel Bellwether, 4–7 p.m. Cost: $50. Visit hotelbellwether.com for more information.
Birch Bay Kite Festival
MAY 25 The annual Birch Bay Kite festival takes place each year at the Birch Bay Beach Park and features free kites for kids, kite building stations, vendors, music, and a pet show. It’s a great way for families to kick off the end of spring and the start of summer.
Birch Bay Beach Park, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Visit birchbaywa.org for more information.
Whatcom Memorial Day Parade
MAY 25 Since it’s beginning in 1920, the Memorial Day Parade has been honoring the local men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The parade route begins at the corner of Alabama and Cornwall, progresses south on Cornwall, turns east on E. Champion and then turns north on N. State to the finish at N. State and York.
Downtown Bellingham, Noon–3 p.m.
MAY 26 This annual festival takes place the same day as the Ski to Sea Relay Race. The race finishes at Marine Park but is celebrated in the heart of Fairhaven with a giant, all-day family friendly multi-street party. The Fairhaven Festival has something for all ages and tastes, with live music on two stages, a beer & wine garden, food booths, scores of arts & crafts vendors, exhibits from nonprofits, and children’s activities. National Anthem at Noon. Followed by VFW Post 1545 and The Bellingham Firefighters Pipes and Drums.
Fairhaven, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Free.
Visit fairhaven.com for more information.
Lynden Farmers Day Parade
JUNE 1 The Lynden Farmers Day Parade has been bringing the residents of the Lynden community and surrounding areas together to celebrate Lynden’s agriculture and history for the last 100 years. This is a parade that showcases farm equipment of the past, present and future, along with decorated floats, marching bands, kids and kids-at-heart on bikes, Scout Troops, 4-H Clubs, cars, trucks and sometimes even boats. Who knows what (or who) will show up at the family-oriented event.
Downtown Lynden, 10:30 a.m.–Noon. Free. Visit lynden.org for more information.
Brewers by the Bay
JUNE 8 Bellingham Bay Rotary presents the 13th annual “Brewers by the Bay” microbrew tasting. This year’s event features approximately 38 breweries, 84 different microbrews and ciders and is expected to have over 1,500 people attending. Enjoy a night of Northwest craft beers, music, and local food vendors all the while helping to support local charities. This year’s event raises funds to support the “Dock for Kids” project.
Depot Market Square, 6–10 p.m. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Visit eventbrite.com for more information.
For the Benefit of Busted Up Loggers Since 1963
June 8-9 The Deming Logging Show was inspired by the need to financially assist loggers who were injured in the woods of Whatcom County. The grounds come alive the second full weekend in June each year with events and exhibitions to display the skills, tools, and technology used in the logging industry.
3295 Cedarville Rd., Show starts at 1 p.m. each day wth elimination starting at 11 a.m. on Sat.only. Cost:$8 adults, $4 seniors (62+) and kids (6-12), under 6 are free. Visit demingloggingshow.com for more information.
Chuckanut Writers Conference
JUNE 21-22 The ninth annual event promises inspiration for both new and experienced writers. Attendees can look forward to studying with the best writing faculty anywhere while practicing their craft in a supportive, collegiate setting. Learn valuable techniques and gain new insight, while interacting with dynamic authors, literary agents, and fellow writers.
Whatcom Community College. Cost: $285. Visit whatcom.edu for more information.
Bellingham Festival of Music
JUNE 29 Opening night of the 26th season of this premier summer orchestral festival. Artistic Director Michael Palmer conducts the Bellingham Festival Orchestra in works of Glinka, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. The dazzling young pianist George Li, winner of the Silver Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, makes his Festival debut in the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3.
WWU Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Cost: $45–$55. Visit bellinghamfestival.org for more information.