FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 14, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lindsey Payne Johnstone, Program Director
Downtown Bellingham Partnership
lindsey@downtownbellingham.com
(360) 527-8710

Downtown Bellingham Partnership Announces Spring and Summer 2022 Events

For the first time since 2019, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP) launches ticket sales for their Spring Wine Walk event happening Friday, May 13, and announces dates and headliners for this summer’s Downtown Sounds concert series. The organization celebrates the return of in person gatherings with these signature community events after two years of pandemic-related hinderances.

“We’re thrilled to bring back Wine Walk and Downtown Sounds with confidence in 2022. Both events have grown to be hallmarks our businesses, community partners, and visitors look forward to each year. We can’t wait to see the streets fill in celebration once again,” says DBP Program Director, Lindsey Payne Johnstone.

Tickets are available now to attend the May 13 Spring Wine Walk, a self-guided walking tour of 15 downtown shops hosting pop-up tasting rooms with regional wines. Tickets start at $40 for general entry which includes 10 tasting tickets, and limited $60 VIP tickets additionally include early check-in, an exclusive reception with a complimentary glass of wine and charcuterie pairing, and three additional tasting tickets. Guests must be 21+ and are encouraged to purchase tickets on DPB’s website in advance as only 500 tickets are available.

Downtown Sounds, an outdoor music series 17-years strong, also returns for five consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning July 6. These free community concerts take place at the corner of Holly, Prospect, and Bay streets and offer family-friendly activities and dining as well as a beer garden for 21+ goers. The headliner bands from the local region and across the country are now announced:

  • July 6: Nite Wave
  • July 13: The Cumbieros
  • July 20: Outer Orbit
  • July 27: LowDown Brass Band
  • August 3: Miles Harris & The Deep Cuts

The series kicks off with Seattle’s Nite Wave, a band passionate about 80’s New Wave playing everything from Prince to Depeche Mode to Duran Duran and is a dance party not to be missed. Week two welcomes The Cumbieros, an 8-piece group that features a horn section while fusing diverse Cumbia styles from South America, creating high-energy sounds. The series heads into week three with Portland’s soul-funk collective, Outer Orbit featuring special guests. Hailing from Chicago, the talented, all horn band LowDown Brass Band takes the stage on week four featuring dancehall and street beat rhythm, with the energy of conscious hip hop, jazz, reggae, and soul. The series concludes with local standout Miles Harris & The Deep Cuts showcasing sounds ranging from Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer and all the funky dance party vibes in between.

Support for Wine Walk comes from Greenhouse, Downtown Bellingham’s premiere home furnishings and décor destination. Downtown Sounds is made possible by Premier Sponsor, WECU.

“As a community focused credit union, WECU is all about supporting our local community,” said Keith Mader, PR Manager for WECU. “Downtown Sounds not only builds community, but it also brings people downtown to support local businesses. 

For these reasons, we are proud to continue our sponsorship of Downtown Sounds.” More information on these events and full calendar of community happenings can be found at https://www.downtownbellingham.com/.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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