THE CITY OF continuous Excitement

Have the time of your life


dance, learn, create, taste, experience.

Come experience downtown in ways you've never seen - from massive outdoor concerts to creative morning lectures to culinary gatherings - all of which will show you a side of Bellingham far beyond your expectations.  Get to know us, see how we get down.  Join us at our events:

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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. After over a decade of this beloved, award-winning, urban music festival, it is firmly cemented as Downtown Bellingham's hottest summer attraction. 

5:30pm - 9:00pm | Bay & Prospect Streets
The 2018 lineup was:

July 11: Acorn Project w/ Hot House Jazz Band

July 18: Petty or Not w/ Dirty Ferns

July 25: Tatanka w/ Mr. Feelgood & the Firm Believers

August 1: MarchFourth w/ Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters

August 8: Klozd Sirkut w/

Details for the 2019 series will be announed in the Spring!

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Commercial street night market

On the third Friday of every month throughout the summer, we close down a block of Commercial Street and bring it to life. You can expect large-scale art installations, performance artists, live music, delicious food and the best artisan vendors. Come out to enjoy all this and more — right in the heart of downtown.  And don't miss our special Commercial Street Holiday Market in December for a festive rendition of the event.

The last Night Market of the year is December 21st! Join us for the Commercial Street Holiday Night Market (Solstice Edition!)

Interested in vending or performing at a Night Market?  Apply now.

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Morning Jam

Our creative lecture series, Morning Jam, features a different speaker each month. These folks, at the top of their field, share about their profession and what inspires and drives them. These events take place on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 AM and are open to the public. We bring the toast, jam, coffee and inspiring lecturers — you bring a hungry mind (and stomach)!

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Happy Hour THursdays

Join us for Downtown Bellingham's Happy Hour Thursdays, a full month of amazing happy hour specials at some of Bellingham's best bars and restaurants.  $6 craft cocktails! | $5 wines! | $4 beers! | 1/2 off apps!  Every Thursday in March from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Simple as that!  Participating locations include: Bayou on BayBlack Sheep on HollyCamberCasa Que PasaCosmos BistroGrand Avenue AlehouseHorseshoe CafeHundred NorthLa Fiamma :: Wood-Fire PizzaThe Local Public HouseOld World DeliThe OrionThe Racket - Bar & Pinball LoungeRedlightRook & Rogue Board Game PubUisce Irish Pub, and Vinostrology.

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Wine Walk

Meander around downtown shops as they host pop-up tasting rooms featuring a variety of regional wines. Attendees receive tasting tickets to redeem for the wines of their choice while retailers offer special deals.  With both a spring and a special holiday Wine Walk, you can enjoy this event twice a year!

The Holiday Wine Walk is November 9th from 5:30pm - 9:00pm! Get your tickets ASAP!

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Art Walk

On the first Friday of every month from 6:00pm - 10:00 pm Downtown's Art Walk features galleries, studios, museums, shops, and restaurants showcasing the creative talent found in Bellingham's growing art scene. Every May hosts the special Children's Art Walk, coordinated by Allied Arts of Whatcom County. Sponsored by Bank of the Pacific, we invite you to stroll through the streets of downtown to enjoy art, food, and community!

To register for January’s Art Walk, click here.

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Join us for the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat on October 31 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Hundreds of families come downtown for a fun and safe alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating.

Check out this year’s participants!

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Holidays Downtown

The holidays in downtown Bellingham is a magical time and the perfect place for all of your holiday shopping. Events include a Tree Lighting Ceremony, a special Solstice Night Market, and other festivities all throughout downtown.

Shop Small Saturday is November 24th! Head downtown and shop dozens of locations… check out a map of all Downtown Bellingham retailers below:

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