What to do in Bellingham for Mardi Gras

Bellingham mardi gras

I took this picture in New Orleans, but wouldn’t it be cool if Bellingham had Mardi Gras floats this elaborate?

Happy Mardi Gras Bellingham!  How are you planning to celebrate Fat Tuesday?  While Bellingham and Mardi Gras are not exactly synonymous, local businesses are happy to give you some ways to have a good time.

Here are some ideas:

Take a cooking class- maybe an unusual idea, but it could help you host a killer Mardi Gras Party.  Held at the Cordata Food Co-Op, but organized by Whatcom Community College, Chef Jesse Otero pays tribute to the vibrant flavors of New Orleans as he prepares for your sampling enjoyment–grilled oysters with bacon remoulade, gumbo z’herbes, and caramelized banana and praline custard.  February 26, 2014 from 6-8:30.  $39 and you must register with WCC.

Last year (2013) Allied Arts hosted a parade!  Maybe they will do it again?

The Wild Buffalo usually has some fun shindig going on for Mardi Gras.

Boundary Bay Brewery celebrates every holiday in style, and Mardi Gras is no exception.

As Bellingham’s only cajun/creole restaurant, Bayou on Bay will be representing Mardi Gras with beads and merriment.

Around this time of year, I really miss living in New Orleans.  Maybe I will head out and see how Bellingham celebrates Mardi Gras!

Dirty Dan Days in Fairhaven

Dirty Dan Days Fairhaven Ladies of the Evening Society

The Fairhaven Ladies of the Evening Society always makes an appearance at Fairhaven's Dirty Dan Days

It must be springtime in Bellingham, because all of a sudden there are so many weekend events!  An annual favorite is Dirty Dan Days in Fairhaven, a celebration honoring Fairhaven’s founder, Dirty Dan Harris.  It’s coming up this weekend, April 30th and May 1st, 2011.

Dirty Dan was a notorious rum runner and owner of much of Fairhaven in the 1800′s.  There is an uphill piano race is inspired by the legend of Dirty Dan repossessing his piano and rolling it into the bay when the buyer wouldn’t pay up.

There will be live music in the Fairhaven Village Green, as well as family-friendly games and contests.  There will be a salmon toss on Saturday and a chowder cookoff on Sunday.  Period dress is encouraged!

For more information, including a full schedule, take a look at the Fairhaven website.

Dirty Dan Harris lookalikes at Fairhaven's Dirty Dan Festival

These two men tied in the Dirty Dan Harris lookalike contest at last year's Dirty Dan Festival.

Whatcom County Give-A-Thon

Whatcom County Snowman

Make a Whatcom County charity as happy as this snowman.

Today, Friday December 10th 2010, is the 2nd Annual Give-A-Thon.  During the holiday season, it is a chance to appreciate what you have and give to deserving charities around Bellingham and Whatcom County. What better time to say thank you to the people who help Whatcom County residents? Continue Reading

Anacortes Oktoberfest

Stein of Beer

You know you want some. Photo by Flickr user Michael Spencer.

This Saturday, October 9, 2010, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce will host Oktoberfest at the Port Warehouse.

Anacortes Oktoberfest – “Beer on the Pier” – promises to be good afternoon  for beer lovers. Thirty breweries from around the Northwest will be pouring tastes of their specialties.  The beer at these festivals always seem fresher and more delicious than normal- although I’m not sure if that’s true or personal perception.

This beer festival will be held at the Port Warehouse in Anacortes, at the end of Commercial Avenue.  It runs from noon to 6pm, and will also feature live music and a variety of food vendors.  For those staying over night in Anacortes, there will be a number of local events on Saturday evening.

The $20 advance/ $25 at the door entry fee includes a tasting cup and six tasting tokens; additional pours may be purchased for $1.50 each.  21 and older, must have ID.

More information at the 2010 Anacortes Oktoberfest website.

Fairhaven Salmon BBQ and Sidewalk Sale

As fall sets in, there are a variety of harvest time celebrations going on in Bellingham. One such celebration is being held tomorrow (Sept 18, 2010) in Fairhaven- a salmon barbeque and sidewalk sale.  It’s an annual tradition!

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Bite of Bellingham to Tantalize Taste Buds

Bite of Bellingham is ready to tantalize your taste buds tomorrow, August 21st, 2010.  From noon to 4, on the 1300 block of Cornwall, there will be a delicious assortment of ‘bites’ from restaurants all around Bellingham and Whatcom County.  It’s free to get into the Bite of Bellingham, then you pay for the ‘bites’.  If you’ve been meaning to check out the local restaurant scene, but haven’t been able to commit to a whole meal at each spot, here’s your chance to taste their cuisine.

You’ll also be able to cast your votes for your favorite local eateries.  There will be seven categories to vote in: Best Bite, Dreamiest Drink, Sweetest Sweet, Best Brewery, Best of the Brews, Winning Winery and Winning Wine.  This is a great chance to eat locally and explore new restaurants.

There will also be a beer and wine garden, and music.  Musicians will be will be Polecat, Pete Farmer, Robert Blake and Vaughn Kreestoe.  Come down and enjoy yourself!

Continue reading for a list of some participating restaurants and what they’re offering…

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Skagit County Fair, August 11-14, 2010


*Photo from Davis Amusement, which provides the rides for the Skagit County Fair

Today through Saturday is the 2010 Skagit County Fair in Mount Vernon, Washington.  There will be rides, lots of music, exhibits, and livestock.  Tickets are $7 or $20 for a four-day pass.  Kids 6 and under are free, and kids 7-18 and seniors (65+) can get tickets for $6 or $15 for a four-day pass.  It’s good clean family fun if you’re going to be in the Skagit Valley!

The fair is located at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon, at 1410 Virginia St.

More information can be found at SkagitFair.com.

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Evolution Trio- Free Concert at Elizabeth Park

Come out and enjoy this weather and move your body with Evolution Trio, a global fusion band.  They’ll be playing a free concert this evening at Elizabeth Park, in the Columbia neighborhood of Bellingham.

Evolution Trio’s sound has Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, Spanish, Latin, and rock influences.  My impression, after listening online, is that it’s chill ambient music.  This will be a relaxing concert, perfect for the (almost) end of the week.  Continue reading for more info.

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Free concerts at Bellingham Parks, 2010

Free Bellingham concert

Geoffrey Castle rocking out in Boulevard Park

What could be better that a free summer concert in the park?  Just about nothing!  So get down to at least a few of these this summer, you won’t regret it.  If you can, think about riding your bike or walking to avoid parking hassles.  After the jump, there is a list of all the free concerts at Boulevard Park, Big Rock Garden Park, the Brown Bag Children’s Concert Series at the Bellingham Library Lawn, and Elizabeth Park.  Enjoy!

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