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 Dates: Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 7
5:30pm - 9:00pm | Bay & Prospect Streets
More details for the 2019 series will be announced in the Spring!
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!
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:
Spring Wine Walk | Friday, May 10th
Holiday Wine Walk | Friday, November 8th
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 March’s Art Walk, click here.
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.
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.
These events are either on hiatus or discontinued, but their legacy lives on! Find out more:
(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.
(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)!