Press Releases


Friday, June 14th, 2019
Visitor Spending in Whatcom County Totaled $705.7 Million in 2018 and Ranks 5th in Washington State After King, Pierce, Spokane, and Snohomish Counties

Travel spending reached the $24.4 billion mark in 2018 in the State of Washington – this according to the Washington Tourism Alliance who recently released new tourism economic impact figures for all 39 counties. Data was compiled by Dean Runyan Associates. Whatcom County ranks 5th in the state in terms of visitor spending after King, […]

Friday, June 14th, 2019
Bellingham wins Governor’s award for Bike Plan progress

The City of Bellingham won one of five Governor’s 2019 Smart Communities Awards, which honor the “shared vision, tough decisions and partnerships” that enable a community’s values and priorities to “shine” in long-term planning. Bellingham won the Smart Projects Award – for a Project implementing a Comprehensive Plan – specifically for the City’s rapid implementation […]

Friday, June 14th, 2019
The North Fork Brewery Proudly Sponsors the 9th Annual Shadow Hike-A-Thon

The North Fork Brewery in Whatcom County will be joining forces with a local husband and wife team to raise funds in support of Old Dog Haven, a Washington based non-profit organization. As they have done for previous hike-a-thons since initially becoming involved with the event in 2012, The North Fork Brewery has created a […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Make.Shift July Art Walk: Regeneration: Making sense of it all Do

Do you ever feel like you want to tear it all down and start over? This July at Bellingham’s Make.Shift Gallery, five Bellingham-based artists explore the process of beginning again. Lurm (aka Adrien Converse), Johnny Gialanella, Karen Hanrahan, Jess Molnar, and Monica Ramey each bring a unique approach to the process of breathing new life […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Downtown Bellingham Partnership Announces 2019 Downtown Sounds Concert Series and Lineup

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP) announced today the return of Bellingham’s Downtown Sounds concert series for 2019.  In its 15th year, the 2019 series includes popular returning bands as well as national acts.  The expanded layout introduced last year will also return; featuring an improved beer + wine garden and additional family activities during the event. The 15th anniversary […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Tell Us What You Think About Bellingham’s Park System!

We need your help!  Public feedback on the Parks & Recreation Community Survey will ensure that the update to Bellingham’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan accurately reflects the needs and wants of our growing community both now and into the future. ​​Every six years the State Recreation and Conservation Office requires cities to update their PRO Plans​ to compete for […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Chuckanut Brewery’s June Beers

With summer just around the corner Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, WA released the Chuckanut Summer Pale Ale, with lots of hop presence and bright, dry finish this pale gold ale is perfect for summer. It will be stocked throughout the season around the Sound for drinkers looking for something hoppy without being heavy. Chuckanut Summer […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Award-winning faculty lead this year’s Chuckanut Writers Conference

Award-winning poets, novelists, and memoirists will teach and present their work at the Chuckanut Writers Conference Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA.  This year’s faculty includes Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, who received a 2019 fellowship and $100K grant from the Academy of American Poets […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Orca Tokitae Totem Stops at the Whatcom Museum on its Journey Home to Lummi Nation

The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA will host the Lummi Nation’s Orca Tokitae totem pole on Thurs., June 13, 6 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at Old City Hall, as it journeys back home after traveling across the country. Making stops along the West Coast, hundreds will gather at various venues in support of the Lummi Nation’s […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Free Summer Programs at the Make.Shift

This summer Make Shift in Bellingham, WA will be offering two educational workshop classes for our communities youth, Writers toolbox and The Present Sense. Both workshops aim to inspire, nudge and guide others through the creative process. Writers toolbox is a free event every Tuesday and Friday, starting on June 14th, with award winning hip […]

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
Illuminati Brewing ending two-year run June 15

Illuminati Brewing Co. of Bellingham will complete a two-year run of creating excellent handcrafted brews and delicious food on its final day of operation Saturday, June 15. Illuminati Brewing was founded in 2017 at 3950 Hammer Drive in the Irongate neighborhood and Chris Luna became owner at the start of this year. “Despite the efforts […]

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
Shifting Gears to host summer tours of Orcas Island

Start your summer right with a biking, hiking, and swimming tour of Orcas Island with Bellingham’s Shifting Gears! Our 3-day, 2-night micro-adventure includes scenic ferry rides, hiking or biking Mt Constitution, alpine lake swimming, lunch in Eastsound, camping and soaking tubs at Doe Bay Resort, and of course, local wine and beer! Tickets are $299 per person and […]

Monday, June 10th, 2019
Powerful Modern Translation of Greek Play AJAX at Sylvia Center for the Arts June-July 2019

Immerse Yourself in a World of Gods, Warriors, and their Choices. iDiOM THEATER in Bellingham proudly presents Sophocles’ AJAX, as part of Sylvia Center’s 2019 Summer Rep. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on June 27, 28, 29, and July 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 in the Lucas Hicks Theater at Sylvia Center for the Arts. […]

Monday, June 10th, 2019
Top Pro Cowboys Coming to 2019 Lynden PRCA Rodeo

Some of the top professional cowboys in the world are expected for the 15th-annual Lynden PRCA Rodeo, scheduled Aug. 13-14, 2019 as part of the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series during this year’s Northwest Washington Fair in Whatcom County. Tough and talented members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will compete at 7 […]

Monday, June 10th, 2019
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen Oktoberfest

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham, Washington will be hosting its third annual traditional Oktoberfest on September 14 from 1-10 p.m. This celebration of the fall will highlight Chuckanut’s amazing German style beers. And there will be lots of fun activities and food besides the beer for everyone to enjoy including bier garden games, face […]

Friday, May 24th, 2019
City of Bellingham New Food Trucks Policy

The City of Bellingham announced today the recent approval of a new ordinance and guide for sidewalk-related commerce.  These changes create new opportunities for business activity within the public right-of-way, such as food truck operations and on-street vendors.  Both the ordinance and guide were made in response to community feedback expressing increased interest in food […]

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Mount Baker Theatre Presents Michael Feinstein and Storm Large

Pull out your evening wear for a top-notch night when Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham presents Shaken & Stirred: Michael Feinstein with Special Guest Storm Large on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. For this show, Mount Baker Theatre is extending 50% off tickets to school-aged children or anyone with a student ID. Michael Feinstein […]

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Longest Day 10K – A Fun, New Summer Kick-Off Tradition in Bellingham

Longest Day 10K image of Taylor DockSalish Wealth Management (SWM) invites you to kick off summer and celebrate the solstice on Friday, June 21, 2019, with a new, fun, and unique tradition, the Longest Day 10K. With a 7 p.m. start at Fairhaven Village Green in Bellingham, Washington, runners and walkers experience a little bit […]

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Bellingham Good Time Girls Announce Three Free Walking Tours

Get outside and get some Belling-history this summer with free Historical Walking Tours in Bellingham from the Good Time Girls, in partnership with the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department.  Good Time Girl guides will lead three different free historical walking tours in summer 2019, based around Maritime Heritage Park and Whatcom Creek. These three tours are […]

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Northwest Washington Fair Benefit Auction for New Farm Pavilion June 21

The Northwest Washington Fair Foundation is hosting its 7th-annual Benefit Auction Event on June 21, 2019 in the Haggen Expo Building at the fairgrounds, 1775 Front St., Lynden, WA. A social hour with a no-host bar and silent auction will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a live auction at […]

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Blaine, WA Hosts “Fun Fly” Kite Day June 22

The Inaugural Blaine Kite Day in Whatcom County will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Blaine Marine Park.  All levels of experience and ages are invited to share in the fun of flying a kite. The skies will be alive with color as experienced and novice kite fliers catch the breeze over Semiahmoo […]

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Bellingham Restored Beach at Waypoint Park Receives National Award

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) awarded Waypoint Park in Bellingham, WA to receive one of four Best Restored Beach award in the country. This award was developed to highlight the hard work, protection and enhancement that comes with any beach project. In addition to Bellingham, beach projects in Louisiana, Texas and Florida were also honored. […]

Monday, May 13th, 2019
WWU Men Win 2019 GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The Western Washington University men’s track & field team from Bellingham, WA won the program’s seventh title at the 2019 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, concluding the two-day meet on Saturday at McArthur Field on the Western Oregon University campus. The Viking men scored 173 team points, well-ahead of second-place Central Washington with 122 […]

Friday, May 10th, 2019
Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham Named Most Popular Mountain Bike Trail Area in Washington State

For the 6th year in a row, Singletracks.com has named Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, WA the most popular mountain biking location in Washington State on its 2019 rankings for the United States and Canada. Five of the top six Most Popular Washington State Mountain Biking Trails on Trailforks.com are also Galbraith Mountain trails including: Atomic Dog, […]

Friday, May 10th, 2019
Lost Giants Cider Company Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary In June in Bellingham, WA

Lost Giants Cider Company in Bellingham, WA announces their 1 year anniversary celebration taking place from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on June 15, 2019 at 1200 Meador Ave., Bellingham WA 98229. As part of the celebration, Lost Giants will be releasing some new and exciting ciders as well as re-releasing some special ciders that […]

Friday, May 10th, 2019
Cascade River Road Opens for the Season

The Cascade River Road in North Cascades National Park now open to all vehicles to its end at Cascade Pass Trailhead. The road has been closed for the winter at the National Park boundary, five miles below the Cascade Pass Trailhead. The opening of Cascade River Road to the trailhead is two months earlier than […]

Friday, May 10th, 2019
Benefit concert to bring 13,000 to Bellingham Civic Stadium on May 18, Parking Limited

The largest music concert in Bellingham history will be held at Civic Stadium on Saturday, May 18 2019. Bellingham residents and visitors should expect impacts to traffic and parking near the concert area. Extra bus service will be provided. ODESZA and Death Cab for Cutie are performing at “Double Major,” a co-headline benefit show at Bellingham’s […]

Thursday, May 9th, 2019
May art installation “The REDress Project” honors indigenous women Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA will host an art installation May 19-25 to honor and remember missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW). Red dresses will be on display between Baker Hall and Laidlaw Center to represent the thousands of native women and girls who go missing or are murdered each year. According to the […]

Monday, May 6th, 2019
Mount Baker Theatre Presents Songs and Stories from American Folk Rock’s Neighborhood Laurel Canyon

The Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, announces a one-day-only musical retrospective of influential artists from Laurel Canyon on Sunday, May 12, 3:00 pm, with the act Live from Laurel Canyon: Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock. Mount Baker Theatre is excited to extend 50% off tickets to school-aged children or anyone with a student […]

Monday, May 6th, 2019
Mount Baker Theatre offers students “rush” 50% off tickets in advance to three different shows, May 12, 18 and June 1

The Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA will extend 50% off  tickets for three world-class musical performances to school-aged children or anyone with a student ID. Sunday, May 12, 3 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre presents Live from Laurel Canyon: Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock. This ninety-minute musical retrospective celebrates some of the most […]

Monday, May 6th, 2019
City of Bellingham short-term rental regulations now in effect
Kurt Nabbefeld, Development Services Manager

New rules for City of Bellingham short-term rental (STR) businesses go into effect May 5, allowing these businesses to come into compliance through application for a short-term rental permit. On November 5, 2018, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2018-11-024 establishing regulations for STRs, which are defined as “a lodging use, other than a hotel or […]

Monday, May 6th, 2019
Park and Ride Bus Service to the Ski to Sea Festival

On Sunday, May 26, Whatcom Transportation Authority in Bellingham will run extra bus service on Route 14 between Western Washington University (WWU) and the Ski to Sea Festival in Fairhaven. Free parking will be available at WWU’s Lot C, located on Bill McDonald Parkway at West College Way. Buses will depart from a bus shelter […]

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
WWU Adds to Outdoor Sculpture Collection with Newest Piece To Be Dedicated May 8, 2019

New York City artist Sarah Sze will be on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA on May 8 at 5 p.m. to dedicate her newest work, “Split Stone (Northwest),” as the piece joins the university’s acclaimed Outdoor Sculpture Collection, joining important works from such artists as Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi, Anthony Caro, […]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Northwest Washington Fair, Woods Coffee Partner to Save Fairgoers Money on Tickets May 16

Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden and locally owned Woods Coffee are partnering again to offer the fair’s largest discounts of the year on admission tickets and carnival ride passes. Special pricing will be offered during the 11th-annual Ticket Blitz from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. on Thursday, May 16 inside all Woods Coffee locations in Whatcom and […]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Action-packed Demo Derby planned Aug. 12 at Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden

Drivers will be smashing and crashing – and some will be cashing – during the Northwest Washington Fair’s 2019 action-packed Demo Derby. The Aug. 12 event is presented by Manna Insurance Group to begin the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series at the Fair in Lynden. Approximately 70-80 entries are expected to compete for […]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Whatcom Museum Sets Sail with 36th Annual History Sunset Cruises this Summer

The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham is excited to offer the 36th annual History Sunset Cruises throughout summer 2019 along Bellingham Bay. Partnering again with San Juan Cruises for tour operation, the weekly cruises, which sail the last week of June, all of July, August, and the first week of September, will be offered on Tuesday evenings and […]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Sylvia Center Announces Summer 2019 Youth Acting Program June 24 to July 27

Sylvia Center for the Arts in Bellingham is offering its second Summer Youth Acting Program. Classes are Monday through Friday beginning June 24 and culminating in six performances of Aristophanes’ The Birds in Maritime Heritage Park between July 18 to July 27, 2019. The class is a great opportunity for young actors to learn from local theater […]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Yamaha Bicycles to Share 26 Years of E-Bike Experience at Seattle Electric Bike-Bellingham May 5

With a new store in Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District, Seattle Electric Bike–a.k.a. Bellingham Electric Bike, continues its mission to support all kinds of riders with the highest quality electric bikes available. Along with its stores in Seattle and Bothell, Seattle Electric Bike has offered the largest selection of quality electric bikes in the PNW since […]

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
WWU’s Lacy Sheldon Captures GNAC Individual Women’s Golf Title

Lacy Sheldon, a junior from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, captured the individual title at the 2019 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships that concluded Tuesday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Sheldon (Dallas, TX/Legacy Christian/Montevallo) led wire-to-wire to finish the 36-hole tournament at 3-over-par 145 (73-72), recording a three-stroke victory over second-place finisher Belinda […]

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
WWU Men’s Golf Clinches Ninth GNAC Championship in Dominating Fashion

The Western Washington University men’s golf team from Bellingham, WA clinched its ninth conference title running away from the field with a 15-stroke victory at the 2019 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships on the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Sophomore Brody Bonfilio was a late entrant into WWU’s lineup due to an illness, and made the most […]

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Celebrate 4th Annual Billy Waples Day in Lynden

The City of Lynden is the place it is today thanks in large part to W.H. “Billy” Waples, a founding father who once operated the Lynden Department Store out of the landmark building that is now home to the Inn at Lynden. Waples’ rich historic legacy will be honored on Sunday, May 5 with the […]

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
40th Annual Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Awards

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville announced  the recipients of the 40th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. A reception and awards ceremony honoring the awardees is scheduled for May 15, 2019. This year the Mayor is honoring a broad range of artists, advocates, organizations, and performances that have significantly contributed to the arts in our community. Award winners […]

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Hotel Bellwether Spring Fling Wine Social May 18

The Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA is highlighting several spectacular wineries in their upcoming premier event, the 3rd Annual Spring Fling Wine Social on May 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year’s Spring Fling Wine Social showcases more than 16 wineries from the Pacific Northwest to California including Forgeron Cellars, Obelisco Estate, Barnard […]

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Mark Chesnutt to Perform at NW Washington Fair Aug. 16, 2019

Mark Chesnutt, known as one of the top classic country singers, will perform at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden, Friday, Aug. 16 as part of the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series. Chesnutt has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records with fan favorites including […]

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Matilda the Musical in Bellingham May 10 – June 9

This year, Matilda travels to Bellingham, WA. Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Roald Dahl’s beloved novel, produced as a film adaptation in 1996, is a bright new Tony-award winning Broadway musical. Witness the […]