Visiting Bellingham for fall and not sure what to do with yourself? Or do you live locally and want to get more involved in the community?
Now is the perfect time start checking out some of the awesome events in Bellingham – you might be surprised by just how much is going on.
We’ve listed ten of the coolest things happening this fall, and there’s something for everyone. Whether you want to explore a pumpkin patch with the kids or watch the scariest horror films out there, Bellingham has an event for you.
1. Bellingham Bay Marathon
Love running and want to join an organized race in Bellingham this fall? Or just fancy soaking up the atmosphere during an exciting community event?
Head along to the Bellingham Bay Marathon – a varied course which starts on Lummi Nation and ends in downtown Bellingham, taking in some beautiful sights along the way.
At the finish line, there’ll be a festival featuring food, drink and live music.
The event will take place from 7.30 am – 2.00 pm, on September 30, 2018.
2. Bleedingham: Bellingham’s Horror Film Fest
Are you obsessed with all things scary? Ready to get seriously spooked?
Head along to Bellingham’s Horror film festival to watch some awesome independent horror films as they compete to win a prize. The event will include filmmaking panels, which is ideal if you fancy entering the competition next year.
You’ll also be able to visit The Night Gallery, a kind of mini-convention of local artists and businesses, all selling their spooky wares.
Get involved by visiting The Majestic Ballroom in downtown Bellingham on October 26, 2018, from 5-10pm.
3. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Bellingham
Trick-or-treating not that big in your neighborhood?
Head to Downtown Bellingham between 3 and 5 pm on October 31 to take part in a community event that makes trick-or-treating ten times more fun than usual.
Look for posters in more than 100 participating stores – they’ll give free goodies to any kids dressed in costume.
Traditional trick-or-treating can be dangerous, so this is an excellent, safe alternative for the whole family.
Want some Halloween fun that carries on a little later into the evening?
Head down to Maritime Heritage Park to witness zombies emerging to dance to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ between 8 and 10 pm on October 31, 2018. If you’ve ever wanted to see a flash mob in real life, this is your chance.
You’ll feel like Bellingham is the set of the latest horror movie – this is sure to be a night to remember!
5. Rocky Horror Picture Show at Mount Baker Theatre
Have you ever seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Have you ever seen it on Halloween?
Head to Mount Baker Theatre for a night of festive fun. Grab a group of friends, get into costume, and get ready for the coolest cinema experience you’ve ever had.
There’s a reason Rocky Horror is the world’s longest continuously showing movie, so don’t miss a chance to experience it for yourself.
6. Bellingham Oktoberfest
Who says you need to travel to Germany to enjoy Oktoberfest?
Visit Bellingham Technical College between 6 and 10 pm on October 6, 2018, to enjoy a wide variety of craft beers – from traditional German ales to trendy fall-inspired beers.
If drinking’s not your thing, you’ll still be able to enjoy food, music, and other festive activities. This event is the perfect way to really get into the fall spirit.
Profits from the event go to the local Volunteer Center, so you’ll be having a great time and supporting a good cause.
7. The Nightmare on Railroad
Fancy hanging out in a haunted house this fall?
There’ll be performances from zombie dancers, ghosts, ghouls, and other creepy creatures – be prepared for some surprises!
Visit the brewery from 6 til’ 9 pm for a great family experience, or after 9 pm if you’re over 21. Events run on October 26, 27, and 30, 2018, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
8. Siro-A Techno Circus
Need a little break from all the spookiness?
Head to Mount Baker Theatre to be wowed by Siro-A Techno Circus, an act that combines dance, music, special effects, and technology to put on an amazing show.
The troupe is originally from Tokyo, and it’s definitely worth taking an evening to check out their performance. The show is suitable for all the family, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a way to keep the kids entertained.
Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
9. Gore & Lore Walking Tour
Want to learn more about the local area and have a ton of fun?
Why not take part in a Gore & Lore Walking Tour of Bellingham?
You’ll learn about myths, legends, and real historical happenings in the local area, stopping off at various significant locations along the way. The tour is rated PG-13, so be sure not to bring any young children along.
Tours run on October 12, 13, 19 and 20, 2018, leaving from SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention at 6 pm. It’s also well worth checking out the museum during the day if you get the chance.
10. Triple-Wren Farms Pumpkin Patch Kick-Off
Looking for some family fun this fall?
There’s nothing better than visiting a pumpkin patch together, and the Triple-Wren Farms Pumpkin Patch Kick-Off is an event that shouldn’t be missed.
There are games, food trucks, talks, animals, and more – and admission is completely free. The whole family can easily be entertained for a few hours, and you may even win some prizes.
Don’t forget to pack your camera to take advantage of the excellent fall photo opportunities.
Find the Best Events in Bellingham
Finding great events in Bellingham isn’t hard – there’s always something going on.
To stay on top of local happenings, keep an eye on our site, chat to local people, and check out the local newspapers. You’ll soon wish you had the time to attend everything that’s going on.
Want more fall activity inspiration? Check out our guide to Bellingham Farmer’s Market, where you can pick up all kinds of delicious seasonal produce.