The Historic Fairhaven Festival

Time 10:00am - 7:00pm
Price Free to attend | $ food, beverages, etc.
Location the streets of Fairhaven
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Sunday of Memorial Day weekend is when the annual and historic Ski to Sea Relay Race takes place. The race finishes at Marine Park but is celebrated in the heart of Fairhaven with a giant, ALL-DAY multi-street party--THE HISTORIC FAIRHAVEN FESTIVAL. It's the biggest and best party of the year for all ages and tastes, with:

  • live music on 2 stages (see below for times and performers) 
  • a historic beer & wine garden (12pm-7pm)
  • scores of arts & craft vendors, exhibits from nonprofits, and children's activities
  • plenty of food booths with a huge variety of offerings, including old favorites and ethnic foods
  • $1 rides from WWU park-n-ride and downtown to Fairhaven (to be confirmed; see info below)

Ski to Sea Race: Throughout the day, spectators and team members can easily walk down Harris Avenue to Marine Park to find race information and photos, plus a number of exhibitors. Beginning around 2pm, spectators and other racers may view the final leg of the Ski to Sea race (mountain biking through the Hundred Acre Wood, finishing near Marine Park) and the ringing of the finish-line bell. 

Stage at 11th Street & McKenzie Avenue:

  • 11:30 Flag and national anthem
  • 12:00 Nashville Northwest
  • 2:15 Spaceband
  • 4:30 Sunset Superman

Kid/Family Stage at Village Green:

  • 12:00 The Bellingham Silk Road Dancers
  • 1:30 The Upfront Theatre Improvisation Group
  • 3:00 Out of the Ashes
  • 4:30 Divas and Dudes

Extra bus service: Whatcom Transit Authority, in cooperation with the Historic Fairhaven Association, has arranged it so you don't have to worry about parking at the festival. 

  • $1 per person per ride; all valid WTA passes accepted also.
  • WTA’s Route 14 begins at 8:30am and ends at 6:30pm. Catch it at C-Lot on WWU’s Campus. Parking is Free. Buses will be running every 15-30 minutes.
  • WTA’s Route 401 begins at 7:40am and ends at  9:15pm. Catch it at downtown’s Bellingham Station, or along State Street. Buses will be running every 30 minutes.
  • For more information, call 676-RIDE or visit


This year's presenting sponsor is Ben Kinney and Keller Williams; other sponsors are Silver Reef Hotel and Spa, Wilson Motors, and DeWaard and Bode.

Read about 2012's festival.