Downtown Bellingham is nestled perfectly between Bellingham Bay, the Historic Fairhaven district, and Western Washington University’s campus. It’s the perfect place to enjoy unique public art, specialty shopping, fine dining, and cultural entertainment – all within walking distances from each other!
Where To Park
Parking downtown is convenient and offers easy-to-use pay stations, meter, and privately owned parking options. Street parking is $0.75/hour and requires U.S. coins. Most meters have a 2-hour limit (check the meter time restrictions, which are posted on each meter). Street parking is free after 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays.
Now, you are able to utilize the PaybyPhone app that allows you to pay for parking with ease. Read here for the details.
For longer stays and off-street parking, the first floor of the Commercial Street Parking Garage at 1300 Commercial Street is $6.00 for a full day of parking. The parking garage is centrally located right in the heart of Downtown, within 2 to 5 blocks of many downtown restaurants and attractions. Find more parking details here.
Arts, Culture and Attractions
The Downtown Bellingham Partnership hosts the First Friday Art Walks, an event that brings together the entire art community downtown. On the first Friday of every month, downtown businesses will host local artists, and attendees walk around on a self-guided gallery walk. The First Friday Art Walk has been a Downtown Bellingham staple for over 20 years, and it’s a great way to see the local culture and flavor!
Downtown Sounds: Downtown Sounds started as a small gathering hosted in an alley, turning the underutilized space into something extraordinary. And extraordinary it became. With each year the event grew, now taking up two entire city blocks on Bay and Prospect Streets. Downtown Sounds draws bands from across the country and folks from Whatcom County and beyond to share in their love of music. Head Downtown every Wednesday from July 10 – August 7 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. to enjoy the show! July 10, 2019
For more information, check out: www.downtownbellingham.com
Above photos courtesy Dylan Green.
Mount Baker Theater – The Mount Baker Theater in Downtown Bellingham’s Art District is the largest performing arts facility of its kind north of Seattle. A beautifully restored 1927 architectural treasure, listed on the register of National Historic Places, the theatre is dedicated to showcasing some of the best live performing artists on both the professional and community levels for audiences in the North Puget Sound area and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention – SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention offers an exciting and educational experience for audiences of all ages. Compelling, interactive exhibits spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage are featured in a world-class collection.
Pickford Film Center and Limelight Cinema – Pickford Film Center provides a forum and resource for independent cinema, strengthening community through education, dialogue, and the celebration of film. Additionally, PFC offers another cinema experience at another location downtown, the Limelight Cinema. At 70-capacity independent cinema for all ages.
Upfront Theatre – Established by world-renowned improviser Ryan Stiles, the Upfront Theatre is a cabaret styles venue that offers live improv comedy every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The Upfront is for all ages, with options for adult shows too, and continues to attract all walks of life searching for a good time.
Whatcom Museum – The Whatcom Museum provides innovative and interactive education programs and exhibitions about art and Northwest history. We seek to stimulate curiosity about our changing cultural, natural, and historical landscapes, for the youngest to oldest minds, and to inspire preservation of creative contributions to our region and beyond.
Header Image Credit: Beau Gaughran
Signs Plus has been creating custom illuminated and non-illuminated signage throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1992. Our accomplishments include many high profile projects and clients in the region. Signs Plus began as a small commercial shop creating banners, vehicle lettering and other promotional signs.
Fresh is best! In a world of pre-packaged, preservative enhanced food, we strive to be the exception. Our scratch kitchen is the perfect environment to feature the best of the Pacific Northwest’s fresh & local ingredients.
Located in Historic Fairhaven’s Orca Building, Peter James is ready to help you look your best, by putting you at ease while using the best modern lighting and composition techniques. He offer all types of personal and business photography in his high-tech photo studio, in your home or office, or at any outdoor location you desire.
We are Bellingham’s most popular budget accommodations. Located near downtown, natural attractions, shopping and entertainment, we are your choice for comfortable and safe lodging during your stay in this beautiful area.
Naan and Brew is family Indian restaurant proudly owned and operated by the Chana family. Open 7 days a week – Lunch buffet from 11 – 230 every day. Eight craft beers on tap. Generous portions with attentive staff make for an enjoyable lunch or dinner.
The Upfront Theatre is Bellingham’s Premiere Comedy Theatre! The theatre offers live improv comedy shows every Thursday thru Saturday. Established by Ryan Stiles in 2004 the theatre has been bringing the funny for over ten years!
With facilities that are typically 20,000-40,000 square feet of indoor jumping space, we can accommodate all ages and group sizes and offer activities that range from regular jumping to dodgeball, basketball dunking, fitness classes to competitive jumping, and parties for birthdays, group events, or just about any other type of event!
At Trove Coffee Lounge, we hope to provide our community a relaxing, welcoming environment to enjoy exceptional coffee, sustainably sourced beer and wine, and outstanding customer service. We believe that each decision we make, big and small, impacts the world not only today, but also for the future. We are passionate about environmental sustainability, sourcing locally and reducing our footprint by using compostable products whenever possible.