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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The 15th Anniversary Downtown Sounds series is presented by:



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. 

2019 Lineup:

July 10: An Evening with Polecat & Friends (Bluegrass/Americana)

July 17: The Grammy Award-Winning Rebirth Brass Band w/ Raincity (Brass Band/Funk)

July 24: Orchestra Zarabanda w/ Bilongo Quintet & Sabrina Gomez (Salsa/Cuban/Jazz)

July 31: Sepiatonic w/ Analog Brass (Electro-Vaudeville-Dance Party/Brass-House)

August 7: Monophonics w/ Willdabeast (Soul)

5:30pm - 9:00pm | Bay & Prospect Streets

We’re looking for volunteers to help make Downtown Sounds the vibrant community event that Bellingham loves. Help us set up our urban music venue, then relax with a beverage at the concert (on us!). Or help out in our beer garden, check ID’s, or cashier alongside our crew of killer volunteers. Ready to help? Volunteer details are right here.

Pssssst… Volunteer for four shifts and get an INSIDERS card. Let us thank you by giving you access to killer deals at your favorite shops and restaurants. Curious about INSIDERS? Find out more.

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Happy Hour THursdays

Join us for Downtown Bellingham's Happy Hour Thursdays, a celebration of amazing happy hour specials at some of Bellingham's best bars and restaurants.   Every Thursday in March from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Simple as that! To see who’s participating, check out the event on our Facebook.

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Downtown Wine Walk is presented by:


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 2019 Wine Walks are:

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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 September’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.

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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 Shop Small Saturday, a special Tree Lighting Ceremony + Winter Night Market and other festivities all throughout downtown.

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Past Events

These events are either on hiatus or discontinued, but their legacy lives on! Find out more:

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(On Hiatus) 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.

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(Discontinued) 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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