Press Releases


Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Opens 42nd Season in Bellingham

Noted violinist Benjamin Beilman will perform Sibelius’ evocative Violin Concerto with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra as they open their 42nd season on  Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham. “The Sibelius Concerto is arguably one of the most difficult in the repertoire,” says Music Director Yaniv Attar. “We are […]

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Kuntz and Company Presents THREADS – a Dance Theater Piece Oct. 26 and 27

Kuntz and Company, a non-profit, dance theatre company founded and directed by Pam Kuntz in Bellingham, WA, presents THREADS, a dance theater piece that explores the fabric of memories, Oct. 26 and 27, 2017 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave, Bellingham. Do you remember that shirt your father used to wear while working […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Whatcom Celebrates I ♄ STEM Month with October Events

Today, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree equals career opportunity. Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA strengthens the local and regional talent pool in these critically important fields through relevant degrees and certificates, scholarship opportunities, and programs for middle and high school students. In October, WCC will celebrate I ♄ STEM Month with […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
2017 Sustainable Design and Development Conference

On Nov. 9, 2017, the Sustainable Design & Development Conference hosted by Sustainable Connections returns to Bellingham, WA, as one of the premier green building conferences in the Northwest. This conference focuses on the most advanced measures of sustainability, and embodies the principals of the Living Building Challenge. This year, building professionals of all kinds […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
September Eat Local Month Restaurant Week

Sustainable Connections invites all to participate in September Eat Local Month’s last hurrah with Restaurant week in Bellingham, from Sunday, Sept. 24 to Saturday, Sept. 30. Nineteen restaurants have dreamed up locally sourced specials, with 50% or more of the ingredients coming from Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan or Island Counties. Explore new dishes with classic […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Evil Dead The Musical Brings its Horrific Hilarity to Mount Baker Theatre Main Stage

Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA presents Evil Dead-The Musical for a one-night engagement, Saturday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are now available for this macabre musical comedy based on one of the most beloved cult franchises in the history of cinema:  Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness. In this gleeful, gore-filled […]

Monday, September 18th, 2017
WWU Alumnus TJ Martin Emmy-winning Film LA 92 Showing at Pickford Oct. 19 and 27

Western Washington University alumnus and Oscar winner TJ Martin won an Emmy Saturday for his National Geographic documentary “LA 92.” Martin, a graduate of Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies in Bellingham, co-created “LA 92” with longtime directing partner and fellow Oscar-winner Dan Lindsay. Their film “Undefeated” earned the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in […]

Friday, September 15th, 2017
Cloud Mountain Farm Center Welcomes Autumn with Fall Fruit Festival Oct. 7 – 8

Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson, WA is hosting their annual Fall Fruit Festival on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come experience the farm firsthand with your family and friends and savor the bounty of our region.  This family-friendly event […]

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Vikings to Host Doubleheader Soccer Saturday at Harrington Field

The Western Washington University soccer programs will each host games at Harrington Field in Bellingham on Saturday and fans are encouraged to cheer on the Vikings with a two-for-one ticket admission special offer that includes a t-shirt and poster giveaways. The doubleheader on Saturday (Sept. 16) starts with the top-ranked WWU women’s soccer team playing […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Bellingham Theatre Guild presents “The Mousetrap” Sept 22 to Oct 8, 2017

The Bellingham Theatre Guild engages the community to create live theatre experiences in Bellingham, and they are back with a fun story to tell, as they present The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, directed by Dee Dee O’Connor. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, and one of them is […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Taylor Shellfish Farms: Hiakai Pop-Up Dinner Featuring New Zealand Chef Sept 23 and 24

Join Taylor Shellfish Farms near Bellingham, WA for a special two-night only pop-up dinner series with New Zealand chef, Monique Fiso, on September 23 and 24, 2017. The dinner will be held at the picturesque Taylor Shellfish Farm Store in Bow overlooking Samish Bay. Hiakai is a pop-up series devoted to the exploration and development of […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Action-filled Demolition Derby set Sept. 23 at NW Washington Fair and Event Center

Drivers will be smashing and crashing – and some will be cashing – Saturday, Sept. 23 during the Fall Demo Derby at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center in Lynden. “The Fall Demo Derby is ideal for fans who can’t get enough of this great action and for those who weren’t able to attend […]

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Chuckanut Brewery Collaborates with Bottleshop Collective to brew Old Fest

Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, WA has collaborated with the Bottleshop Collective to brew an old style Oktoberfest beer called Old Fest. This collaboration is with Bellingham bottle shop friends Elizabeth Station, Chuck’s Hop Shops, Beer Junction, Bottleworks, Beer Authority, Special Brews, Edison City, Malt & Vine, Teku Tavern and Pint Defiance (Tacoma). They have decided […]

Monday, September 11th, 2017
The Whatcom Museum Receives $60,000 Grant from National Endowment for the Arts in support of 2018-2019 Endangered Species Exhibition

  The Whatcom Museum has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of the upcoming exhibition, “Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity,” which will be on exhibit September 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019, in the Lightcatcher building. The grant will assist the Museum […]

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Whatcom Museum Presents Art of the American West Sept. 30, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

This fall, the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA, will present 75 artworks on loan from the Tacoma Art Museum, featuring works of western American art, including bronze sculptures and paintings. “Art of the American West: Highlights of the Haub Family Collection from the Tacoma Art Museum” will be on exhibit at the Lightcatcher building September […]

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Four Points Bellingham appoints Mudd-Keenan as Director of Sales and Marketing

  Lisa Mudd-Keenan, who has extensive experience in the hospitality and travel industries, has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center. Mudd-Keenan previously served in the position when the property was owned by Fred Poppe and for the last 14 years has been involved with […]

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Bellingham SeaFeast 2017: Dining, Boat Rides, People’s Choice Salmon, SeaFeast Wharf, and Games

New features of the second annual Bellingham SeaFeast, scheduled Sept. 22-23, range from special dining to artistic to educational to just crazy fun. Several new activities sprinkle the lineup with attractions that aim to top the draw of last year’s inaugural family-friendly festival when more than 6,000 visited Squalicum Harbor and Zuanich Point Park. New […]

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
Bellingham SeaFeast 2017 Introduces SeaFeed, Taste the Sea; Tickets Available Online

Food lovers will savor some new events featured in the second annual Bellingham SeaFeast, scheduled Sept. 22-23 in downtown Bellingham and at Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham. Organizers anticipate topping last year’s 6,000-plus attendance bolstered by new foodie activities, including ticketed SeaFeed at the Square, and Taste the Sea: A Sustainable Seafood Experience. Also, new ticketed […]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Owner of Appel Farms in Ferndale Recognized as American Cheese Society’s Certified Cheese Professional

Appel Farms is proud to announce that owner, Ruth Appel is among the 2017 class of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese ProfessionalsÂź (ACS CCPsÂź). She is part of an elite group of individuals who passed the 7th ACS Certified Cheese ProfessionalÂź Exam. The exam was held on July 26, 2017, in Denver, CO. ACS CCPsÂź […]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Purls and Pop-Ups: Whatcom County Gets Its Own Annual Yarn Crawl

A group of Whatcom County local yarn stores announced that the first ever Purls & Pop-Ups, a one-day Whatcom County yarn crawl, will occur on September 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at three locally owned yarn stores: Apple Yarns and Northwest Yarns in Bellingham, WA, and Wear on Earth in Lynden, WA. […]

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Chuckanut Brewery Taps Fest Bier 2017

It’s getting to be Oktoberfest time and Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, WA is celebrating. We’ve been working on our recipe all year and now they are releasing our golden Fest Bier all over Puget Sound. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen (North Nut), Bellingham, and Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut Tap Room at the Port of Skagit Airport […]

Monday, August 28th, 2017
‘Coded Threads: Textiles and Technology’ begins Sept. 27 in the Western Gallery

Western Gallery, on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, will host “Coded Threads: Textile and Technology,” which brings together 14 well-known artists integrating textiles with technology, from Sept. 27 to Dec. 8, 2017. The exhibition features the work of Lia Cook, Linda Hutchins, Robin Kang, Sheila Klein, Barbara Layne and Lauren Osmond, Maggie Orth, Devorah Sperber, Reiko Sudo, […]

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Boundary Bay Brewery and Cloud Mountain Farms Present Farm to Plate Partnership Aug 30 – Sept 3

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro and Cloud Mountain Farm Center are partnering to bring a farm-to-plate menu to Bellingham, showcasing a variety of locally grown ingredients. The farm-to-plate special will be available at Boundary Bay’s restaurant from Aug 30 to Sept 3, 2017. Boundary Bay will donate 20% of the sales from the specials to […]

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Chuckanut Brewery Taps Rauch Helles

Chuckanut Brewery has just tapped an ever-flavorful, smoky blonde lager called Rauch Helles at South Nut in Skagit Valley (11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington) and soon to be on at the Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham (601 W Holly St). Chuckanut created the Rauch Helles last year in collaboration with Redhook’s experimental brewer Nick Crandall. […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
The Whatcom Symphony Orchestra gears up for 2017-2018 season

Whether it’s the liquid sound of Benjamin Beilman playing Sibelius, Beethoven’s Eroica with Amit Peled on cello, or Carmina Burana with more musicians than we have ever tried to get on the Mount Baker Theatre stage, there will be something for you with the Whatcom Symphony’s Orchestra. The events include: October 8, 2017 – Scottish Symphony […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Discovering The Secret Garden with WWU’s Summer Theatre

From the pages to the stage, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s story “The Secret Garden” springs to life this summer in a full-length Tony Award-winning adaptation of the beloved novel. Sept. 1 – 3, Western Summer Theatre in Bellingham presents the enchanting classic children’s story of forgiveness and renewal re-imagined by composer Lucy Simon and […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Mountaineers Books Publishes New Guidebook Urban Trails: Bellingham

Get your heart pumping with a quick run, or take the kids for a stroll—all on trails close to Bellingham, WA. The new book Urban Trails: Bellingham by Craig Romano gets you outside, taking you to beaches, old-growth forests, shorelines, wetlands, vistas, meadows, and historic sites around Bellingham and nearby Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, Lynden, Ferndale, […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
BMX Racing League Helps Kids Learn to Love Biking in Bellingham

The newly-established BMX Racing League  offers the community of Bellingham a unique way to engage kids and parents alike, through exciting programming that gets the whole family back on bikes – at Bellingham BMX. The League allows new families to learn how the sport works, and riders to progress gradually, riding only with other beginners. […]

Monday, August 14th, 2017
11th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament at Boundary Bay Sept. 9

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham invite all ages to register for the 11th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament, Saturday, September 9, 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Boundary Bay Beer Garden. Advanced Registration is $25, $30 at the door (students and seniors $20 in adv. or, […]

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Angel Food Cake: A Delicious West-Coast Theatre Premier Aug. 23 – 27 at WWU

The road to stardom is paved with hard knocks and broken dreams in a special summer treat as Bellingham welcomes the delicious west-coast premiere of a new comedy. This summer Western Summer Theatre presents “Angel Food Cake,” a comedy by award-winning playwright Kelli Lynn Woodend about life, love, dreams and music. “Angel Food Cake” premieres […]

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Bicycle Noir: A Mobile Murder Mystery at WWU Aug. 16 – 20

There’s a killer on the loose in the city of subdued excitement, and there’s only one woman who can put an end to the madness- detective Lou Perkins. This August Western Summer Theatre in Bellingham presents a comedic murder mystery unlike anything you’ve seen before. “Bicycle Noir: A Love Story on Wheels” follows detective Perkins […]

Monday, August 14th, 2017
September Is Eat Local Month in Bellingham, WA

From farm to plate and sea to table, celebrate local cuisine of the Pacific Northwest in Bellingham, WA and the surrounding Whatcom County every week this September. In the height of harvest season, Sustainable Connections presents Eat Local Month to highlight the the bounty in Bellingham’s backyard, and support the folks who grow, raise and prepare […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Woods Coffee continues 15 year anniversary with outdoor gear giveaway

Woods Coffee, with numerous locations in Bellingham and Whatcom County, has been celebrating their 15­ Year anniversary all year long, and have announced a major giveaway of over $9,000 in outdoor gear. Since 2002, Woods Coffee’s mission has been to Serve Others, Make a Difference, and Have Fun. Throughout 2017, Woods Coffee has highlighted each […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Whatcom Events Announces the Return of Wondermud Aug. 26

Whatcom Events is pleased to announce the return of Wondermud (formerly Muds to Suds)! The family friendly run (for ages 8 and up) will feature 20 obstacles and mud pits that combine athletic stamina and your child hood fantasy of playing in the mud. Participant’s goals; (a) FINISH the course (b) get MUDDY (c) have […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
4th Annual Wander to Wander 1K Benefits the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Sept. 10

Wander Brewing and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center are presenting an alternative to the myriad of distance races in Bellingham throughout the year with the 4th Annual Wander to Wander 1K, Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m., starting at Johnny’s Donuts and ending at Wander Brew Hall. Enjoy some donuts, beer, and fun while supporting […]

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
Mount Baker Theatre Presents One-Man Show That Questions “What do Women Want?” Aug. 23-27

Mount Baker Theatre presents professional theatre comedy in an intimate setting in Robert Dubac’s THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON?, showing Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 23-27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walton Theatre. Join Robert Dubac as he attempts to answer, “What do women want?” The New York Times referred to this show as “Hilarious . . . […]

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar to Host First Oysterfest, Aug. 5

B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar, home to the only raw bar in Bellingham, is inviting seafood lovers to indulge in their First OysterFest on Saturday, August 5, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., to commemorate National Oyster Day.  B-Town is a new and friendly restaurant that is located at the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel […]

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
August Events at the Whatcom Art Market in Bellingham

It’s high summer at the Whatcom Art Market in Bellingham. Come see the artists, and be wowed. The market is filled with pieces from 45 local artists, and rotating demonstrations by our weekly featured artist. A co-op gallery featuring local artists from Skagit, Whatcom, and the San Juan Islands. We strive to keep the gallery […]

Friday, July 21st, 2017
Drayton Harbor Days Maritime Festival Happening in Blaine, August 5-6

Drayton Harbor Days festival is happening Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, to celebrate everything maritime in Blaine, WA. The festivities will take place at Blaine Harbor Boating Center at 235 Marine Drive, just off I-5 exit 276. Come early Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to join in the 5k Run to the Border, and […]

Friday, July 21st, 2017
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Hires Two New Staff Members

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism announces the recent hire of two new employees. Katie Pessl is the new Communications Coordinator at Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. This recently created position is responsible for supporting the Marketing Director and President & CEO. Katie is a WWU graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Recreation Travel and Tourism. […]