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. September is officially Eat Local Month, celebrating local farms, markets restaurants, and seafood harvested from this area.
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:
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:
Food and Hidden Gems:
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.
Fall Farm Tour – Enjoy a tractor train ride, farm animals, wine tasting & much more! This annual free self-guided tour is sure to please anyone wanting to get in the fall spirit. Also, you can check out ourÂ Fall Farm Tour Itinerary which highlights some of the top attractions on the tour.
Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival –Â Â The 2nd Annual Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend 2017. 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.