Bellingham Activities

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Bellingham Bay marina, boardwalk and parks, Whatcom Lake activities, urban shopping and dining areas, Whatcom Falls Park, hiking, kayaking, boating, snow skiing, ferry trips to nearby islands, and short trips into Canada.

  • Waterfront—scenic views, walking, kayaking, etc.
  • Boulevard Park on the waterfront
  • Marina
  • Whatcom Falls Park
  • Whatcom Lake and Sudden Valley (15min)
  • Hiking trails
  • Chuckanut Drive
  • Mt. Baker—hiking, skiing, scenic views, etc.
  • Wineries (16)
  • Distilleries
  • Breweries (17)
  • Mount Baker Theatre
  • Larrabee State Park
  • Lake Padden Park
  • Lake Whatcom Park
  • Big Rock Sculpture Garden
  • Sehome Hill Arboretum
  • Marine Life Center
  • Snowshoeing the Horseshoe Bend trail (Nooksak River)
  • Pickford Film Center


Annual Events

  • Polar Bear Plunge at Birch Bay
  • Legendary Banked Slalom—snowboarding competition at Mt. Baker
  • Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival
  • St. Patricks Day Parade
  • Northwest Washington Birding Festival
  • Dirty Dan Murder Mystery Weekend
  • Whatcom County Home and Garden Show
  • Bellingham Beer Week
  • Ski to Sea Race & Fairhaven Festival
  • Lummi Stomish Water Festival—Coast Salish event open to the public
  • Bellingham Festival of Music
  • 4th of July Festival at Zuanich Point Park with fireworks over the bay
  • Downtown Sounds free outdoor concerts
  • Northwest Raspberry Festival
  • Northwest Washington Fair
  • Birch Bay Days and Crab Festival
  • Whatcom County Farm Tour
  • Bellingham SeaFeast
  • Whatcom Artists Studio Tour
  • Cloud Mountain Farm Fruit Festival
  • Fall Craft & Antique Show
  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts
  • Fairhaven Winterfest
  • Holiday Port Festival & Gingerbread House Contest
  • Olde Fashioned Christmas in Ferndale
  • Lynden’s Lighted Parade

Learn more at Bellingham Visitor’s Guide website