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.

See our full pages for favorite activities including unlimited water adventures such as boating, sailing, sea kayaking and fishing, as well as hiking, biking, and scenic drives on endless country roads and miles of city, county and national forest trails. Participants and spectators also enjoy our abundant schedule of races and outdoor recreation events.  Or head to one of 14 local courses for some golfing.

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. Bellingham Farmers’ Market on Saturdays is the largest market in the area with locally produced delights sure to please the visitor. There is also the Wednesday afternoon Fairhaven Market, Saturday Blaine Gardeners Market, Sunday evening Ferndale Public Market, Saturday Lummi Island Farmers Market, and the Thursday afternoon Lynden Farmers Market.

History Tours – 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), immigrant farm life at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale (Fri-Sun, 12:30-4:30 pm), and 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).

In Bellingham, the Bureau of Historical Investigation offers unusual summer walking tours through the past in both Downtown and the Fairhaven Historic District.

Go Kart RacingMiniature World Family Fun Center near Birch Bay has Kidz Karts and racing carts, a miniature train ride, petting zoo and miniature golf. Sumas International Motorsport Academy is a world class racing facility featuring kart rentals, kart racing, and lessons for any occasion.

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.

Take them out to the ball game! Get the most out of your summer months by going to the ball park 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, and 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, and hosts 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 – 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.