Events

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership organizes and sponsors major events all year long to cultivate community, promote downtown's unique culture, and keep activity on the streets of our district. Learn more about our events below.


We close the street four times a year and bring Whatcom County an event unique to downtown and its culture. Enjoy artisan vendors, unique eating, funky musicians, and rare entertainment--all on one block of Commercial Street.

Join us for the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat on October 31. Hundreds of families come downtown for a fun and safe alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating. This is a great chance to introduce your business to families, and create a festive atmosphere in our downtown community.

Bellingham is ranked the second best arts community in the country, with the ranking being based on the number of active arts businesses per capita. This is a stat that we’re very proud of and celebrate every month with Art Walk. Downtown’s Art Walks exhibit the high quality of artists and remarkable variety of venues present in downtown Bellingham.

Downtown Sounds originally was in an alley to turn an underutilized space into something extraordinary. And extraordinary it became. Now outgrowing Bay Street in its 13th year, Whatcom County's biggest urban music festival is firmly cemented as summer's hottest attraction.

What better way to experience downtown shops than while sipping wine? In the Downtown Wine Walk attendees can roam from shop to shop, sampling wines from Washington state wineries at each. Every May, this event is the biggest spring shopping event in Whatcom County.

Come out to downtown's Maritime Heritage Park for the only urban kickball league north of Seattle. Watch as teams battle for the title, and bring family-friendly activity to our parks.

 

The holidays in downtown Bellingham is a magical time and is the perfect place for all of your holiday shopping. Events include the annual Trick-or-Treat, Shop Small Saturday, and the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony that includes carolers, a pop-up farmers market, and more.