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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Mar
31
Sun
Old City Hall History Tours @ Whatcom Museum Old City Hall
Mar 31 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30pm. The Museum’s trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

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Apr
1
Mon
Clarence Moriwaki Discusses Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion @ Whatcom Museum Old City Hall
Apr 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Clarence Moriwaki Discusses Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion @ Whatcom Museum Old City Hall

Humanities Washington presents a free public lecture in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall with Clarence Moriwaki, President of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community. Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island—the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion—to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now? Moriwaki uses historical images, including historical and current propaganda, to explore the fear, racism, and failure of political leadership that led to these unconstitutional actions during World War II, and why we must not let it happen again.

Clarence Moriwaki is the president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and a founder and former president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. Moriwaki has written guest editorials on the subject that have been published nationwide. Moriwaki has served as a spokesperson for administrations including the Clinton Administration, the Office of the Governor, and Congressman Jay Inslee.

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Apr
7
Sun
Old City Hall History Tour @ Whatcom Museum Old City Hall
Apr 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30pm. The Museum’s trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

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Apr
11
Thu
Historical Society: Local Rock & Roll Bands of the ‘50s and ‘60s @ Whatcom Museum Old City Hall
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Wes Gannaway and Kent Holsather will talk about and show photos of local bands and venues for Rock and Roll music from the early 1950s through 1960s in Whatcom County. Wes Gannaway has been researching history with Kent Holsather for several decades. They are co-authors of four books; Whatcom Then and Now, Bellingham Then and Now, Bays to Bells, and Drive-ins, Drive-ups, and Drive-Thrus. Kent and Wes worked together at the Atlantic Richfield Refinery from 1971 to 2010, where they found that they had a mutual interest in local history. Both are continuing to work on projects such as an historical chronology of the County, the sandstone quarries, and the 1858 Richards Building. Co-presented by the Whatcom County Historical Society.

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Apr
14
Sun
Old City Hall History Tour @ Whatcom Museum Old City Hall
Apr 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30pm. The Museum’s trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

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Apr
21
Sun
Old City Hall History Tour @ Whatcom Museum Old City Hall
Apr 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30pm. The Museum’s trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

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May
31
Fri
Spring Birding East and West of the Cascades @ North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
May 31 @ 10:00 am
Spring Birding East and West of the Cascades @ North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

Join longtime North Cascades Institute instructor Libby Mills to survey spring bird life in the North Cascades region as our feathered friends display fascinating breeding behaviors and share their melodious songs.

We’ll begin our exploration at birding hot spots along the Skagit River Friday morning, and arrive in at the Learning Center by mid afternoon to settle into our rooms. Friday evening we’ll enjoy a presentation on forest song while enjoying a delicious dinner.

On Saturday, we’ll rise with the dawn and bird our way eastward over the North Cascades to explore the arid habitats of the Methow Valley.

We’ll conclude our survey Sunday back on the westside visiting choice locations in the upper valley.

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