Summer Activities

Summer in Bellingham and Whatcom County is a glorious time for outdoor recreation, festivals and events, with average temperatures in the mid 70 to mid 80 degrees F.

Some of the most popular activities include: 

North Cascades National Park is also located in western Whatcom County. Lodging inside the national park, and summer adventures for people of all ages are offered at the North Cascades Institute including Family Getaways, Diablo Lake Boat Tours, Base Camp and classes on everything from Geology of Mount Baker to Birding on Bellingham Bay. The Institute — an environmental education nonprofit founded in 1986 — hosts programs in the field as well as at their green-built Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake.

Summer Festivals – Use our daily event calendar and list of annual events to find a variety of fun summer festivals and activities. Or stop by our Visitors Center locations for maps, guides and even more ideas on things to do.

Just for Summer

Farmer’s Markets

Get local produce, gifts, and more at the many markets around the County. Here is the list of local farmers markets around Whatcom County

History Tours

  • Get a walking tour of  downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven with The Goodtime Girls
    • Sin & Gin Tour – of Downtown Bellingham or Fairhaven
    • Holly History Tour – Downtown Only
    • (They also have a tour for Halloween too, called Gore & Lore tour of Downtown and Fairhaven.)
  • The far northwest corner of the continental U.S. participated in active frontier life in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and still lives close to its roots.
    • Take a summer history tour to learn about log cabin life at Pioneer Park in Ferndale (Tues-Sun, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm)
    • Get a look at immigrant farm life at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale (Fri-Sun, 12:30-4:30 pm)
  • Early salmon fishing at the Alaska Packers Association Museum on Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine (Fri – Sun, 1 – 5 pm)
    • The Drayton Harbor Maritime Society in Blaine also operates the 17-passenger Historic Plover as a foot ferry and tour of the local waters between Blaine Harbor and Semiahmoo Spit each summer from Memorial Day in May to Labor Day in September (Fri/Sat, noon – 8 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm).

Go Kart Racing

Waterslides

Birch Bay Waterslides – Take the kids for some fun at the water park! This five-acre park features  9 slides, a large whirlpool, 4-foot deep kids activity pool and a small kiddies area, along with hot showers, a pizza restaurant, full concessions, covered picnic areas, locker rentals, life jacket rentals and lounging chairs.

Baseball Games

Take them out to the ball game!

Get the most out of your summer months by going to the ballpark and cheering on  Bellingham’s baseball team – The Bellingham Bells.

Outdoor Music

On Wednesday evenings, Bellingham turns into a live music venue.

  • Downtown Sounds program hosts a concert every evening from July to August
    • Come down and enjoy what downtown has to offer with a great soundtrack in the background
  • On Saturday evenings, bring your blankets to the Village Green for the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema featuring live music, followed by a great outdoor movie

Get out on the water

  • San Juan Cruises offers daily whale watching
    • As well as Wednesday evening beer tasting cruises
    • Thursday evening wine tasting cruises
    • Friday and Saturday evening cracked crab dinner cruises
    • Sunday bird watching or picnic cruises to Sucia Island
  • Island Mariner also offers daily whale watching
    • a beer and brats evening cruise on Wednesday and Friday nights
    • The Bellingham Bay Sunset History Cruise with the Whatcom Museum on Thursday evenings
  •  Schooner Zodiac offers multi-day cruises as well as Friday night salmon dinner sails, with an opportunity to assist in sailing maneuvers.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf – Cornwall Park has the largest course in Whatcom County, offering a 9-basket disc golf course. The tees are located throughout the trees and maps are available in the park or at the Visitor Center. There is also a course in Vanderyacht Park, Ferndale and in Patterson Park Lynden.

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