Fall is a great time of the year to experience Bellingham and Whatcom County, with all the vibrant colors, unique activities and fun events you will truly enjoy.
There are many reasons why we love fall in Whatcom County. It is a perfect time of year to take a scenic drive, go hiking or biking, consider the lifecycle of a salmon on the Bellingham Traverse, or take in some of the local art with theaters/music and museums/galleries.
Hikes and Outdoor Fun:
September is Eat Local Month. Bellingham and Whatcom County celebrate local farms, markets restaurants, and seafood harvested from throughout the area.
Kick off Eat Local Month with theÂ Farm Fun Hootenanny at Boundary Bay Brewery, Sept. 2, 2018.Â Local food, live music from the Sky Colony Band, a tractor photo booth, square dancing, beer, and the annual Farmer Awards make this a fun and family-friendly event. All of the proceeds benefit the Community Food Co-opâ€™s Farm Fund.
The second week of September is the annualÂ Whatcom Farm Tour Weekend. OnÂ Sept. 8 and 9, 12 local farms will swing open their gates and welcome the community to see, taste, feel and learn hands-on what goes into local food production. A variety of products will be featured, including vegetables, beef, eggs and poultry, flowers, dairy, orchards, a farmhouse brewery and yak. Learn about these unique farms and the passion and care that goes into producing local food. Farm Tour Weekend will also include three delicious events: TheÂ Farm Tour Brunch at Cosmos Bistro, Sept. 8, 2018, aÂ farm-to-pint pairing at Boundary Bay Sept. 8, 2018, and aÂ wine, cheese and chocolate tasting at Samson Estates Winery, Sept. 9, 2018.
In addition,Â 18 restaurants will be running Eat Local Month specialsÂ for the entire month inÂ Bellingham and Whatcom. Look for the Eat Local First fork on menus to find $6 and $12 dishes filled with ingredients from local farms at spots like Aslan Brewery, Bellingham Beer Garden, Hundred North, Lovitt Restaurant, The Wild Oat and Good to Go Meat Pies.
Community members can also share their local food stories by submitting them through social media and theÂ Eat Local First websiteÂ for the chance to win prizes throughout the month including cookbooks, kitchenware, and gift certificates to Whatcom based food businesses and restaurants.
Itâ€™s never been more important to support and celebrate our local food community. From farmers to food processors, restaurant owners to employees, the folks who grow, raise, and prepare our food are the foundation that keeps our local economy strong, saves Whatcomâ€™s farmland, protects natural resources, and gives our community access to fresh foods grown with care.
Get your Eat Local Month Guide at theÂ Bellingham Visitor Information CenterÂ at 904 Potter Street, or at Village Books, the Community Food Co-op, Haggen grocery stores or at any participating restaurant. The guide includes a 15% off coupon to local markets and a Whatcom Farm Tour guide. For all the details, check in often atÂ EatLocalFirst.org.
Bellingham is up and coming as Americaâ€™s next best craft beer destination. Fall is an opportunity to taste new brews on tap, or enjoy an Oktoberfest Celebration at one of numerous local venues. For specifics see ourÂ beerÂ page, or the fun ideas below. You must be 21-years or older to consume alcohol. Please do not drink and drive. Bellingham has many alternative transportation options.
Arts, Museums, Theater and Live Music:
Stop by our Visitors Center for even more ideas on things to do in the fall.
Times & dates may vary, please use the links provided for specific details.
Cloud Mountain Fall Fruit Festival – They have close to 200 varieties of common and uncommon fruits, cider, nuts, plus rare fruit jellies and sauces for you to taste and enjoy.Â This is a festive family outing that many people annually attend.
Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival –Â Â The 3rd Annual Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend 2018. The festival will include yummy food, a beer garden, informal jam areas, an instrument swap meet, the main stage featuring nonstop music and more!
Ferndale Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Games – Celebrate the kick off to fall with a dog costume contest, pumpkin painting, chalk drawings, and more.
Halloween – Little ghouls & goblins will be up all night after experiencing these fun Halloween themed events. Businesses open their doors in Downtown Bellingham, Fairhaven & Ferndale for their annual Trick or Treating events. Boo Country in Lynden has a maze, costume contest, Halloween movies, and treats.
Scream Fair – Just in time for Halloween, brave visitors make their way to the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds for a bone-chilling adventure.
Gore & Lore Tour – Join the Good Time Girls for a creepy look into Bellinghamâ€™s scariest stories and real-life horrors.
Bleedingham – The Bleedingham Film Festival will take place on the Saturday before Halloween at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington. This film festival will feature short films that showcase the blood curdling creativity of filmmakers in the NW region from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.