Whatcom Events Calendar

This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Whatcom County including Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and beyond.

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Jan
21
Mon
Teen Swing @ ABCDance
Jan 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Teen Swing @ ABCDance | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Swing class focuses on East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and the solo jazz roots of the early swing era. We’ll be learning vintage line dances and their solo jazz steps along with the fundamentals of partner dancing. Each class will teach an element of swing technique in the context of a new move. No partner necessary.

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Jan
22
Tue
Artist Workshop @ Bellingham Public Library
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In this low key painting workshop, you can paint with artist Neal Cronic, or visit and watch him paint. Enjoy discussing a variety of painting ideas and techniques. Interested in painting along with Neal as he paints? Feel free to bring water based painting materials of your own and join in! Materials can be provided to those without by the artist when available.

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Learn to think on your feet @ Improv Playworks Studio
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join us for a FREE workshop. An evening of play, creativity, storytelling and fun! We will do a selection of games and exercises from improvisational theater. All levels welcome, absolutely no experience necessary! Adults & Teens 14+
Phone: (360) 756-0756

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Jan
23
Wed
Wednesday Lunchtime Music @ Jansen Art Center
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesday Lunchtime Music  @ Jansen Art Center | Lynden | Washington | United States

Join us every Wednesday for Lunchtime Music in the Piano Lounge. Support local artists while enjoying a delicious lunch from the Firehall Cafe’s new menu.

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Young Artist’s Club @ WCLS Ferndale Library
Jan 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Young Artist's Club @ WCLS Ferndale Library | Ferndale | Washington | United States

Do you love to draw? Do you love creating new artwork? Join us for an awesome art club where you can meet new friends, work on your art style and just be yourself! Art supplies and snacks will be provided. Grades 6-12. Meets weekly.

 

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“Hello, Dear Enemy!” Exhibit Reception @ Western Washington University Libraries
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
"Hello, Dear Enemy!" Exhibit Reception @ Western Washington University Libraries

An opening reception for an exhibition of printed posters featuring images and text from picture books that provide an international perspective on conflict, peace, and humanity will be held on Wednesday, January 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room.

Conceived by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, the exhibit offers an international selection of unique and striking picture books that explore themes such as: Experiences of War, Destruction and Displacement; Power Struggles and the Origin and Escalation of Violence; Prejudice, Ostracism, and Imagined Enemies; Utopias of Peace and Anti-War Books.. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit is available for viewing during all hours Western Libraries is open. Please join us for this celebration!

More information about the “Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity,” exhibit can be found here: https://library.wwu.edu/node/19553

* Image Citation/Credit Information: Mario Ramos, from: “Le petit soldat qui cherchait la guerre” L’École des Loisirs: Paris, 1998.

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Open Craft Night @ Ragfinery
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Craft Night @ Ragfinery | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Now you can shop at Ragfinery after work/school! Join us at Ragfinery every 4th Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m for after hours shopping and crafting. Bring your projects, supplies and creativity, and shop and craft to your heart’s content. Note that no sewing support is provided for crafting.

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Jan
24
Thu
Bellingham Idol @ Rumors Cabaret
Jan 24 @ 9:00 pm

Bellingham Idol rides again! Starting again January 10, we’ll take 20 auditioners and whittle them down to one winner over five weeks. Winner gets $250 cash prize and a golden ticket to the quarterfinals of Bellingham Idol season 2 which begins September 2019. No cover and a great time guaranteed. Hope to see you there!

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Jan
25
Fri
5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk @ Skagit Riverwalk Park
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm
5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk @ Skagit Riverwalk Park | Mount Vernon | Washington | United States

5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk is a free event celebrating art, light, wildlife, health and the community. Enjoy in-the-moment luminary making, live music, a luminary-lit procession and festivities. Live music starts at 5:00 p.m., the luminary-lit procession will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk @ Riverwalk Park in Downtown Mount Vernon
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk @ Riverwalk Park in Downtown Mount Vernon | Mount Vernon | Washington | United States

5th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk is Friday, January 25, 2019. In-the-moment luminary making at Tri Dee Arts from 4 pm – 5:30 pm. The festivities will start at Riverwalk Park in Mount Vernon, WA at 5:30. Luminary-lit procession, live music, and festivities free for you and your family to enjoy!

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STOMP @ Mount Baker Theatre
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. This international percussion sensation has garnered awards, rave reviews and numerous national television appearances. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—such as matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters or hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

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Salt in Our Blood: A FisherPoets Showcase @ The Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
Salt in Our Blood: A FisherPoets Showcase @ The Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery

Commercial fishers and writers with “salt in their blood,” Joel Brady-Power, Maggie Bursch, Maria Liliana Dosal and Sierra Golden share poems and songs about the ocean’s inextricable call. Bellingham’s Boundary Bay Brewery will pour their award-winning brews. Free raffle and munchies.

Suggested donation: $10. Proceeds benefit Strength of the Tides and Bellingham SeaFeast. Performers’ works and Strength of the Tides apparel will also be available for purchase.

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Jan
26
Sat
Whatcom READS: The Era of Megafires @ Blaine Library
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This 60-minute multi-media presentation combines the research of Dr. Paul Hessburg (Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service) with the visual storytelling of award-winning film company North 40 Productions, and features the work of wildfire photographer John Marshall. The Era of Megafires will inform, engage and inspire audiences.

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Jan
28
Mon
Teen Swing @ ABCDance
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Teen Swing @ ABCDance | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Swing class focuses on East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and the solo jazz roots of the early swing era. We’ll be learning vintage line dances and their solo jazz steps along with the fundamentals of partner dancing. Each class will teach an element of swing technique in the context of a new move. No partner necessary.

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Jan
29
Tue
Artist Workshop @ Bellingham Public Library
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In this low key painting workshop, you can paint with artist Neal Cronic, or visit and watch him paint. Enjoy discussing a variety of painting ideas and techniques. Interested in painting along with Neal as he paints? Feel free to bring water based painting materials of your own and join in! Materials can be provided to those without by the artist when available.

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Whatcom READS Presents: Wildfire and Resilience @ Bellingham Public Library
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Whatcom READS presents Leslie Wharton, a local Bellingham author and poet, who shares her personal experience of wildfire and recovery. What happens after the TV reporters interview fire survivors in the few days after a fire? What does it take to rebuild a life? Feel safe? Find home again? Join Leslie, co-author of Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Women Walking Through Fire, as she celebrates her journey from fire to the calming waters of the Salish Sea. For more information, please visit www.whatcomreads.org or contact Katie at 360-778-7230.

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Jan
30
Wed
Wednesday Lunchtime Music @ Jansen Art Center
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesday Lunchtime Music  @ Jansen Art Center | Lynden | Washington | United States

Join us every Wednesday for Lunchtime Music in the Piano Lounge. Support local artists while enjoying a delicious lunch from the Firehall Cafe’s new menu.

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Young Artist’s Club @ WCLS Ferndale Library
Jan 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Young Artist's Club @ WCLS Ferndale Library | Ferndale | Washington | United States

Do you love to draw? Do you love creating new artwork? Join us for an awesome art club where you can meet new friends, work on your art style and just be yourself! Art supplies and snacks will be provided. Grades 6-12. Meets weekly.

 

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Jan
31
Thu
Bellingham Idol @ Rumors Cabaret
Jan 31 @ 9:00 pm

Bellingham Idol rides again! Starting again January 10, we’ll take 20 auditioners and whittle them down to one winner over five weeks. Winner gets $250 cash prize and a golden ticket to the quarterfinals of Bellingham Idol season 2 which begins September 2019. No cover and a great time guaranteed. Hope to see you there!

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Feb
1
Fri
Doña Martha: Francia Orozco & Candida Delgadillo @ Make.Shift Art Space
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Doña Martha: Francia Orozco & Candida Delgadillo @ Make.Shift Art Space

For the month of February Make.Shift Gallery invites you to enjoy our newest exhibit, Doña Martha, featuring paintings from local artists Francia Orozco and Candida Delgadillo. Francia and Candida create stunning and colorful portraits. Francia’s work often depicts images of women surrounded by animals and symbols of “la muerte” (or death), and positioned against a surrealist background. Candida illustrates emotive faces framed by bright splashes of color and repeating patterns. Both artists capture the vulnerability, strength and grace inherent to the struggles of marginalization.

“My work is always heavily influenced by my Mexican culture,” Francia states, “I am trying to capture the people who have never been represented in art.”

Also on First Friday in February, Make.Shift Gallery will also be debuting our call for this year’s Kid’s Art Walk, where we invite local artists young and old to use children’s art as inspiration for their own original works. This year’s theme is “Life on Mars” — young students from Cedar Tree and Sammish Woods Montessories have created creatures from outer space! Artists who are interested in participating can sign up in-person or send us an email. For more information about Art Walk or Make.Shift please visit our website at makeshiftproject.com/gallery or contact the gallery director, Jessyca Murphy at gallery@makeshiftproject.com.

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Downtown Art Walk @ Downtown Bellingham
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Art Walk @ Downtown Bellingham

Art Walk exhibits the high quality of artists and remarkable variety of venues present in downtown Bellingham on the First Friday of every month.