Press Releases


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. […]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Mayor Announces First City Center Awards

City of Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville honored three businesses at the first annual City Center Awards Ceremony on July 13 at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building. These awards showcase and recognize some of the outstanding achievements and exceptional private projects that have led to the revitalization of Bellingham’s City Center Neighborhood. “Supporting our City Center […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Big Comedy Comes to a Small Space at Mount Baker Theatre Aug. 10-20, 2017

Mount Baker Theatre (MBT) in Bellingham, WA presents comedy show Help! My Husband Has Gone Missing, My Daughter is Getting Married, and I am Having Hot Flashes, a touring comedy performed in MBT’s intimate Walton Theatre. Showing for a two-week engagement Thursday-Sunday, August 10-20, at 7:30 pm, audiences will be amused, delighted, and even comforted by Louise […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
The Upfront Celebrates Their Anniversary, Superheros and Comedy in August

The Upfront Theatre in Bellingham, WA turns 13 years old this August, and will celebrate with a weekend full of improv comedy shows featuring Ryan Stiles, players from the Mainstage Ensemble, and an outside guest or two. The anniversary weekend will take place August 11 and 12, with shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw Brewery and Outbound Host Pop-Up Beer Garden in Fairhaven July 21-23

Support the Fairhaven Park Trail and Wetland Boardwalk project at the “Behind the Bus” pop-up beer garden July 21 – 23, hosted by Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw Brewery, and Outbound. The event takes place in the newly renovated garden of Fairhaven Fish and Chips at the corner of 11th and Harris in Bellingham’s Fairhaven Historic District from […]

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Mount Baker Theatre Tickets for 2017-18 Collection of Exceptional Outings on Sale Beginning July 23

Whether you explore in the Main Stage environment, or engage up close in the Walton Theatre, you will be enchanted by this diverse collection of touring events. Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA is not only a thriving performing arts hub, but an historic icon to be preserved.  Now in its 90th year, the building […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
City of Bellingham Accepting 2018 Tourism Promotion Grant Applications

Applications for the City of Bellingham’s 2018 Tourism Promotion Grants will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017. This program is designed to fund the marketing and promotion of projects or events that bring tourists to Bellingham, WA. The grant is a competitive process and applications are available on the City website at http://www.cob.org/services/business/tourism-grants.aspx. […]

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Northwest Coast Tribes History and Culture in New Exhibition at Whatcom Museum in Bellingham

A newly redesigned gallery in the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher building in Bellingham, WA shares the art, history, and culture of the Northwest Coast tribes, blending both historical and contemporary perspectives. The exhibit, People of the Sea and Cedar: A Journey through the Tribal Cultures and History of the Northwest Coast, opens Saturday, July 15, noon-5 […]

Monday, July 10th, 2017
Star performers, longtime favorites highlight Northwest Washington Fair Aug 14-19, 2017

A strong slate of grandstand entertainment led by nationally renowned stand-up comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, plus perennial favorites such as the animals, carnival and food, highlight the 107th Northwest Washington Fair, scheduled Aug. 14-19 in Lynden. For nearby lodging options, visit bellingham.org/lodging. This year’s fair also includes “American Idol” winner and country star Scotty McCreery, […]

Friday, July 7th, 2017
Enjoy Open Air Dining and Jazz on the Bay, with Hotel Bellwether

The Lighthouse Bar & Grill, located at Hotel Bellwether, in Bellingham, announces that it will be completely open to the sunshine and fresh air of Bellingham Bay through these beautiful warm summer months. The restaurant has replaced the entire wall of bay-facing windows with operable glass that will be open the restaurant to the warm […]

Friday, June 30th, 2017
The Whatcom Museum Receives $50,000 Grant from The Norcliffe Foundation in support of 2018 Endangered Species Exhibition

The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA has been awarded a $50,000 grant 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 in funding exhibition design, related educational programming, […]

Friday, June 30th, 2017
NSA names Whatcom Community College one of four Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense National Resource Centers

Whatcom Community College (WCC) in Bellingham, WA has been selected by the National Security Agency (NSA) to lead efforts to improve and expand cybersecurity education nationwide as one of four Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense (CAE-CD) National Resource Centers. In this role, WCC will function as a “super hub,” helping to support and guide 10 […]

Friday, June 30th, 2017
First Federal Community Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

First Federal Community Foundation presented a check for $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County to support the construction of the 52-unit Telegraph Townhomes in Bellingham. Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County recently announced the formation of the Habitat Kulshan Project, LLC in partnership with Kulshan Community Land Trust, for the purpose of building […]

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Whatcom County’s Largest Fourth of July Fireworks Display, on Bellingham’s Downtown Waterfront

The Port of Bellingham is inviting the community to view Whatcom County’s largest Independence Day fireworks display from the former Georgia-Pacific site on Bellingham’s Downtown Waterfront.  Parking will be available along Cornwall Avenue and spectators will need to walk approximately one-quarter mile down West Laurel Street to access a paved, outdoor viewing area located along […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
High School Marching Band from Bensen, MN to March in Blaine, WA 4th of July Parade

The Bensen High School Marching Band will be visiting Northwest Washington in July and will be marching in the Blaine 4th of July parade near the U.S.-Canada border. Every three years, the Bensen High School Marching Band from Bensen, Minnesota, takes a large trip over the 4th of July. They’re visiting from a small rural community in West […]