Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival

At the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Bellingham

Friday, February 28, 12pm-8pm

Saturday, February 29, 10am-8pm

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.

Check out our discounted lodging options here!

Keep an eye out on this page for an updated list of booths, business partners, and performers. In the meantime feel free to take a look below to see who participated in the festival in 2019.

Performances happening on the Fairhaven Village Green

Friday, June 28 

12:30 – 1:30pm   Thunderbirds Raised Her – Thunderbirds Raised Her, the Jefferson Sisters. Assiniboine Sioux and Coast Salish, write and sing contemporary Country Rock & Native American songs.

2 – 3:30pm Nick Petrish – Nick Petrish is a third generation Croatian-American who has dedicated much of his life to the study of Croatian music and dance. In this performance, Nick will play the a lijerica, a three-stringed instrument native to Croatia and teach audience members to lindo, a square-dance like tradition that is also native to Croatia.

4 – 5:30pm   Hula Dancers from Northwest Hawai’I Ohana

6 – 7:30pm   Tango Cowboys – Tango Cowboys is a duo that performs fun-loving music from America (North and South), specializing in vocal tangos and cowboy songs from the 1930s and 1940s and beyond. Tango Cowboys tell the stories of their songs directly to the audience, inviting them to journey from the open range of the wild west and the small cafe in Buenos Aires. Special guest Jan Peters will join on harmonica!

Saturday, June 29 

10 – 11:30am Mike & Nakos Marker – Mike and Nakos Marker play songs from between the spaces of old time, country blues and early jazz. Their music can be called roots Americana with not-so-old topical songs that weave eras and styles together. Call it folk music, they won’t mind. Mike plays banjo, 6 and 12 string guitars and Nakos plays dobro. They are decent players; ok, ok, so maybe Nakos is a little more than decent. They are sometimes called Doc and Nak.

12 – 1:30pm   Millie & The Mentshn – High energy World Music that’s danceable and non-stop toe-tapping fun. Traditional Klezmer that combines Jazz, Swing, and a Latin Beat.

2 – 3:30pm  Robert Sarazin Blake and Friends – Bellingham Singer/Songwriter Robert Sarazin Blake performs his original songs pulled from Irish and American folk influences and the quiet spot in the back of his mind. He’ll be accompanied by David Lofgren on Bodhran. Freshly home form an 10 day concert tour of Ireland, the duo has a few stories to tell.

Other Activities

At Village Books  – Saturday, June 29 1pm in the Readers Gallery, Monica Cortes Viharo – Drawing from philosophy and psychology, actor and public speaking expert Monica Viharo explores the roles we play in our lives and the performances all around us—and shows how to communicate confidently in all situations.

Ongoing art activity at the Village Green: Allied Arts Teaching Artist Christian Smith will be leading a fun free all ages 100 Piece Dragon community art project.

Find the Artist! Local Watercolorist Michael Heath and his students will be doing live plein aire sketches and paintings at various locations throughout Fairhaven.

Check out the awesome 2019 Booth Lineup!

Bellingham Metal Arts Guild: Bellingham Metal Arts Guild is a Non-profit providing educational classes, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, community involvement, and networking.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 Recycle – Jerry Smith: Jerry creates a variety of original license plate art for home and garden decoration!

she-ra creations – Sheila Rood: Sheila will be displaying her beautifully eco-dyed garments, scarves and home décor items.
Mei Hua Chinese School: Join us and explore Chinese language and culture through various activities including Chinese songs and dances, stories and games, calligraphy, field trips and more!

Beth Anna Margolis - Uplifted Down Syndrome poetry and paintings

Uplifted Down Syndrome – Beth Anna Margolis: Cards and prints made from Beth Anna’s beautiful paintings and a book of her poems, Uplifted Down Syndrome.
Community Boating Center: We are a nonprofit fostering safe small-boat recreation on Bellingham Bay. Our mission is to foster small-watercraft education, access, safe recreation, and marine stewardship on Bellingham Bay.

Jazz Age/Art Deco Art – Diana Guza-Wells: She creates incredible acrylic paintings of New Zealand’s art deco town, Napier. Her paintings feature the beautiful architecture and people of this town.
Northwest Hawai’I Ohana: Our mission is to preserve, honor and perpetuate the unique blend of cultures found throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Sacha -goldsmith designer – Sacha Bliese: Hand fabricated jewelry in 14k gold with precious / semi-precious gemstones and found objects.
Bay to Baker Trading Company: Bay to Baker has a variety of products, including travel accessories, outdoor clothing, t-shirts, hats, northwest themed souvenirs, gifts, and cards.
Community to Community Development: A a people of color, women-led, grassroots organization committed to Food Justice, Agroecology and Cooperative Development. We look forward to sharing our work with the community and will be offering beautiful Campesino Power tshirts and tote bags. These Solidarity purchases help to spread the message that our community stands with farmworkers!
Glitt3r Lyfe – Aireekah Laudert: Glitt3r Lyfe shares sparkly and fun things created to help you look and feel awesome, and collaborates with her dad, Shrimp Whisperer AK, to bring hilarious shrimp art to the world.

1. Fairhaven Realty
1100 11th Street
Showcasing personal art collections (including Fairhaven scenes by Michael Deeb) and selling various works from the brokers of Fairhaven Realty. Art sales will benefit the Bellingham Food Bank.

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

3. Peter James Photography Gallery
1211 Mill Ave Ste 202
Friday, June 28, 11:30am – 8pm / Saturday, June 29, 11:30am – 7pm
Experience nature photography at its finest. Peter’s diverse collection is printed on large sheets of metal, which look stunningly lifelike.

4. Current and Furbish
1115 Harris Street
Friday, June 28, 11:00am – 8pm, Saturday, June 29, 10:00am-5:00
Remy Coutarel – Originally from France, illustrator Remy describes his art as European “Bande dessinée” meets the alternative comics scene. remycoutarel.com

5. Harris Ave Café
1101 Harris Ave
Featuring prolific Whatcom County painter, Jill Feenstra

6. Evolve Chocolate & Café
1200 11th St (upstairs in Village Books)
Featuring their house artist Julia Martin

7. Village Books & Paper Dreams
1200 11th Street
Open 9am – 9pm daily
Nancy Craig is a Flower Artist and her passion is creating Art with flowers which she has pursued for over forty years in several mediums. She preserves each flower, to capture its natural state, by layering resin gently on and over the delicate petals. Each Wall Decor piece is a one of a kind expression of her love for flowers.

8. Colophon Cafe
1208 11th Street
Exhibition of the Bellingham Festival of Music’s 26 years of  posters, and work from Studio UFO members of Trish Harding’s School of Art

9. Stones Throw
1009 Larrabee Ave
Featuring the photography of Preston Hoffman and live music by Broken Bow String Band.

10. Artwood Gallery
1000 Harris Ave
Friday, June 28, 11am – 8:30pm / Saturday, June 29 11am – 6pm
We will be celebrating 31 years in Fairhaven on Art Walk and will have new work by about 30 artists showing woodworking, glass and paintings.

11. Morgan Block Studios & Galleries
1000 Harris Ave
Visit Martini Metal Craft in Studio #9 to peruse Marijo’s striking hand-crafted jewelry, and the paintings of guest artist, Felicia Andreotta.

12. Good Earth Pottery
1000 Harris Ave
Friday, June 28 11am – 8pm / Saturday, June 29 11am – 6pm
Featuring the intricately decorated handmade ceramics of Irene Lawson, inspired by years of decorating eggs with the Ukranian (Pysanky) method. Meet Irene on Friday, June 28th from 5-8pm.

14. Big Love Juice
1144 10th Street
Daily 8:30am – 4:30pm
Free juice sampling in the Kelly Keane Gallery at the Big Love Boardroom from 12pm – 4pm both days of the festival. Kelly Keane is a Bellingham Native who currently resides in Kauai.

15. Blessings Spa
1112 11th St. Ste 201

16. Renaissance Celebration
915 Harris Street

17. 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.

18. A Lot of Flowers
1011 Harris Ave

19. 12th Street Shoes
1204 Harris Ave
featuring Julie Leuthold’s “Hidden Joy: Deco Stilettos”, unique shoe art for your home or feet.

20. Shirlee Bird Café
1200 Harris Ave
The delightfully macabre works of Kessa Volland, a lifelong Bellingham resident who doodles to quiet a busy mind and paints as a form of haphazard meditation.

21. Mambo Italiano
1303 12th Street
Featuring the vibrant work of Ben Mann.

22. Chuckanut Community Center
103 Chuckanut Dr.
Stephen Wilson / Shannon Maris Featuring several local artists: Angela Rose, Italian Crepe Paper Flowers; Hannah Parker, Macrame Fiber Art; Dee Bunge, Fused Glass; Skyler Hardesty, Mixed Media.