Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival

At the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Bellingham

Friday, February 28, 12pm-8pm

Saturday, February 29, 10am-8pm

See a full list of activities, performances and vendors here

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is working with organizations throughout Whatcom County on a two-day Cultural Arts Festival to take place in Fairhaven, February 28 & 29, 2020.

The festival will kick off with the Historic Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk and run throughout the weekend. It will be a collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Bellingham/Whatcom Tourism Bureau, Sculptures NW, Native Arts Collective and the Whatcom Artist Guild and more. Funded in part by City of Bellingham Tourism, Whatcom Tourism, Whatcom Community Foundation – Project Neighborly Grants, and other local contributions.

The Bellingham Cruise Terminal will be the main hub for booths and performances with Fairhaven businesses hosting specials and activities throughout Fairhaven.

Allied Arts of Whatcom County will oversee the coordination of the event. Activities and events will focus on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops highlighting the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County with the goal of promoting cultural diversity.

Volunteer for the Festival

Friday, February 28
12pm – 1pm: KAFE Radio Live Broadcast
1:30pm -2:30pm: Japanese Children’s Songs with David Vergin
3pm – 4pm: Peter Ali Native American Flutist
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Visit from Dinger of the Bellingham Bells!
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild – Folk tales
7pm – 8pm Northwest Hawai’i Ohana Hula Ohana – Watch & learn traditional hula dance

Saturday, February 29
10:30am – 11am: Raqs Sharqi – Oriental dance
11:30am – 12:30pm: Clan Heather Dancers – Scottish & Irish dance
1pm – 1:30pm: Fourth Corner Folk Dancers – Folkdance lesson
2pm – 3pm: Bellingham Damekor & Mannkor – Nordic Choirs
3:30pm – 4:30pm: 4-H Para Familias Latinas – Latinx dance
5pm – 5:30pm: Choir of the Salish Sea
6pm – 8pm: Millie & The Mentshn & Folk Dancing for All – Learn Middle Eastern dance steps from the Anacortes/Skagit Dancers then at 6:30, dance along to Millie & The Mentshn’s high energy World Music.

Check out the awesome 2020 Booth Lineup!

MW Soapworks – Andrea Lawson: natural soap and body care products with an emphasis on making healthy choices for us and for our environment. Andrea’s products are made in her solar-powered studio. Having grown up in Whatcom County, she is inspired to make business choices that help preserve the nature around us that we hold so dear. She prioritizes organic and environmentally-friendly ingredients and packaging with the hopes of incorporating more of these choices as her business grows.

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Of Something Rad – Jolaina Phillipps: Of Something Rad creates handcrafted polymer clay jewelry. Based in Bellingham, WA, this woman owned business strives to create unique and one of a kind earrings for everyday wear.

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Romnric Decor & More: Whimsical Dry Needle Felting. Gnomes, Fairies, birds nests and other whimsical one of a kind pieces. Created with wool roving and needles.

Kip Kaiser Designs: Local, handcrafted yard art called Blossom Bars. Made using metal and up-cycled glass. They are culturally significant symbols of regional beauty, helping connect us to our outdoor environments.

Trilby’s BBQ Sauce & Spices: Starting with Trilby’s award winning BBQ sauce, they now also make seasonings, dip mix, nuts & candies. They handcraft each recipe in small batches to ensure quality & freshness.

Raindrops – Bob & Lorraine Shumake: Raindrops creates framed artwork with natural materials like sea glass, pebbles and driftwood. Included are the artists watercolors, photographs and drawings as backgrounds in her framed artwork.

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She-ra Creations – Sheila Rood: Botanical printing and use of natural dyes, keeping alive centuries of tradition. All fibers are either protein (silk or wool) or vegetable (cotton, linen, hemp).

Trillium Tinworks: Earrings made from antique, vintage and contemporary food and tea tins from around the world. Many are one-of-a-kind and have “a story.”

Circle 8 Creative: Circle 8 Creative produces dimensional mixed media pieces through creative experimentation in materials. Organic textures are combined with urban aesthetics to design abstract paintings inspired by the natural world.

Northwest Hawai’i Ohana: Hawaiian cultural organization serving to honor and perpetuate the unique blend of traditions found in the Hawaiian Islands.

4-H Para Familias Latinas: Hawaiian cultural organization serving to honor and perpetuate the unique blend of traditions found in the Hawaiian Islands.

 Whatcom Artist Studio Tour: The Whatcom Artist Studio Tour is a free, juried event offering an opportunity to meet the region’s finest artists in their own creative spaces. During the first two weekends of October, artists from across Whatcom county open their studios giving guests a unique behind-the-scenes look at their creative process.

 Le Gourmet Girl – Christine Wekking: Handmade organic vegan entrees, soup mixes, seasoning salts, toffee, popcorn, coconut oil, vinegar… Happy healthy cooking! No photo description available.

Pilgrimage Pottery – Marcia Muchnick: Functional Art, Stoneware pottery with an old world rustic look, with modern whimsies, unique glaze combinations and pitchers wrapped in leather, Microwave, oven, dishwasher, food safe.

Jerry’s Custom Recycle – Jerry Smith: Jerry creates a variety of original license plate art for home and garden decoration!

Woodshop4kids Jack McKee: Jack McKee is a builder, designer, teacher and writer. He worked as a handyman, remodeled houses, built small boats, designed (and built) equipment used by children with special needs, schools, and children’s museums. His book, Woodshop for Kids, has everything you need to know to get kids (ages 4-12) started using real tools to build real projects.

Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival: Present a yearly international film festival showcasing films directed by women and providing educational opportunities relating to the viewing, making, and distribution of films.

Bulman Fine Art: Fine Art, Jewelry, Works on Stone. 

Marie’s BeesAs a beekeeper you learn to be calm and relaxed. You learn to listen to your bees. You learn to just sit and watch them. With losses and gains everyday you learn to live in the moment. The bees and I are honored to bring you local raw honey. You can purchase our honey in Bellingham and online. 

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Humanities Washington: Humanities Washington and its partners create spaces for people to come together to explore and consider what it means to be human, and to reflect on our shared past, present, and future.

Clan Heather Dancers: I instruct dancers of all ages studying Scottish Highland and Irish Step Dance. I teach workshops, train Highland dancers for competitions; and the Scottis/Irish dance troupe is a performance favorite.

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Whatcom Art Market
1103 11th Street
Enjoy an interactive demo with local painter of whimsical and colorful animals, Lori Hill.

 Bay to Baker Trading Company
911 Harris Avenue
Bay to Baker has a variety of products, including travel accessories, outdoor clothing, t-shirts, hats, northwest themed souvenirs, gifts, and cards.