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.
July 18: Petty or Not w/ Dirty Ferns
Commercial street night market
On Friday nights 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.
Interested in vending or performing at a Night Market? Apply now.
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)!
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 Bay, Black Sheep on Holly, Camber, Casa Que Pasa, Cosmos Bistro, Grand Avenue Alehouse, Horseshoe Cafe, Hundred North, La Fiamma :: Wood-Fire Pizza, The Local Public House, Old World Deli, The Orion, The Racket - Bar & Pinball Lounge, Redlight, Rook & Rogue Board Game Pub, Uisce Irish Pub, and Vinostrology.
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!
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. We invite you to stroll through the streets of downtown to enjoy art, food, and community!
To register an exhibit for the July Art Walk, please click here.
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.