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WWU construction to add 264 dorm beds

Western Washington University has some big construction projects in the works, including a new science building, academic support offices, and the replacement of an old dormitory with a larger one.

The Highland Hall dorms are slated for demolition this fall. They were built in 1956, and house 136 students. The new building will house 400, and will include amenities to make them more appealing to students beyond their first year of school, according to WWU Director of University Communications Paul Cocke. It’s expected to be completed in time for the 2021 fall semester.

WWU’s student housing includes 16 dormitories and an apartment complex, accommodating more than 4,000 students. In the fall of 2018, WWU had 16,121 enrolled students, including a record number of incoming freshmen, who are more likely to live on campus. Eight-eight percent of WWU freshmen spend their first year in the dorms.

Expect construction delays at Boulevard Park

Crews will be busy in Boulevard Park all summer, removing the wooden pedestrian overpass at the north end of the park and rerouting utility lines that the overpass currently supports. Both the main park entrance off Bayview Drive and the entrance at the end of the South Bay Trail will be closed intermittently while utilities are rerouted underground. Pedestrian access via the Taylor Street Dock will remain open.

“New underground utilities will be installed in Bayview Drive up to State Street, resulting in predictable services to the park for decades to come,” said Leslie Bryson, Bellingham’s Park and Recreation Director. “The City asks for everyone’s patience while contractors move around the site with large equipment.” Completion expected in September.

Boulevard Pedestrian Overpass was built in the 1970s to provide pedestrian access to the park from State Street prior to the opening of the South Bay Trail in 2004. The overpass is in poor condition, and has been closed for safety reasons since 2016.

Happy hours by neighborhood

The ultimate guide to Bellingham happy hours. Click a neighborhood to see happy hours in that part of town:

Downtown Bellingham Happy Hours
Harbor Area Happy Hours
North Side Bellingham Happy Hours
Fairhaven Happy Hours

Downtown Bellingham Happy Hours

Aslan Brewing
1330 N Forest
Happy hour daily 2pm-5pm, 9pm-close: $1 off 16oz and 21oz drafts, $2 off pitchers. Appetizer and small plates menu including half order of poutine, yam tacos, rockfish tacos, and elote at $2.50-$5.

B-Town Kitchen
714 Lakeway Dr.
Happy hour Mon-Sat  3-6pm, all day Sunday: $4 wells, domestic drafts, tall Budweiser bottles, house wine, $5 micro drafts and oyster shooters, $8 shaker cosmos and lemon drops. Food includes $1 oysters on the half shell, $6 truffle fries, $9 kobe beef sliders, $10 calamari steak.

Babygreens
1201 Cornwall
Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7pm: $4 pints, $6 wine.

Bayou on Bay
1300 Bay St., (360) 752-2968
Happy hour Wed-Sun, 4-7, all day Tuesday: Pints and wells $4, pitchers $14, house wine $6,  Appetizers and small plates $3- $11 include hush puppies, oyster shooters, mac and cheese, gumbo.

The Beaver Inn
115 E Holly St., (360) 733-3460
Happy hour daily 4-8: $3 wells, $1.50 off pitchers, 75 cents off pints (PBR not discounted).

Bellingham Bar and Grill
1408 Cornwall Ave., (360) 733-2579
Monday-Saturday 4-6:30: $2.75 domestic pints, $3.25 micro pints, $4 imports, $2.50 wells. Cheeseburger and fries, buffalo wings, chicken salad, fish tacos, chicken strips $7, poppers and cheese sticks $6, $7 with fries. Pork shanks $7.50, steak and prawns $13.

Black Sheep
215 W. Holly
Happy hour daily 3-6pm, all day Sunday: Tecate and shot of well tequila $6, Dos Equis $3, dude a rita, $4 margaveza $6, glass of wine $5.

Boundary Bay Brewery
1107 Railroad, (360) 647-5593
Happy hour Sun-Thurs 3-6 and 9-close: $1 off pints, $1 slices of bacon, small plates including BBQ pork sliders, tacos, and mini mac and cheese are $4-$6.

Brandywine Kitchen
1317 Commercial St., (360) 734-1071
Happy hour daily 3-6 and 9-10 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sun, 9-11 Fri and Sat: Draft beer or house wine $3.75, cheesy bread or organic fries $2.95, mac & cheese $3.95, chicken pot pie $4.95, ancho chili pork & fries $5.95.

The Cabin Tavern
307 Holly St., (360) 255-3855
Happy hour Mon-Sat 4-7pm: $4 wells, $4 micros, free snack mix.

Café Akroteri *
1219 Cornwall, (360) 676-5554
Happy hour 2-6 Mon-Sat, all day on the patio, 4-9 Sunday: $2.75 wells, $2 Michelob draft, 25% off all appetizers.

Camber
221 W. Holly, (360) 656-5343
Happy hour 5-7 daily:  $3 IPA, $5 house wine, $8 beer flight, $3 cappucino, $1 off milkshakes and draft beers.

Cap’s Lounge
209 E. Chestnut, (360) 733-0878
Happy hour 4-7 daily: $1.50 Pabst cans, $2.50 wells.

Casa Que Pasa
1415 Railroad, (360) 756-8226
Happy hour Sun-Thurs 2-6pm and 9-11pm: 50 cents off all drinks, half price appetizers.

Chuckanut Brewery
601 W. Holly, (360) 752-3377
Happy hour Sun-Thurs 4-6: $1 off pints and wine by the glass, appetizer specials including $3 landjaeger  $9 ancho pork sliders, and soft pretzels with mustard, 3/$6.

Cosmos Bistro
1151 N. State St., (360) 255-0244
Happy hour Wed -Sat 3-6pm: $1 off all drinks, small plates available.

Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town
210 E. Chestnut, (360) 224-2974
Happy hour daily 4-6pm and 8pm-late: Small plates including tacos, poke and kabobs, $2-$7, $3 wells, free kombucha mixer.

Five Columns
1301 E. Maple St., (360) 676-9900
Happy hour Tues-Sun 3-6: House wine $6.25, well $5.95, specialty cocktails $7.95. Appetizers including gyro, souvlaki, dolmades, spanakopita & tiropita, $7.95.

Fiamma Burger
1309 Railroad Ave., (360) 733-7374
Happy hour daily 3-6pm and 8pm-close. Craft beer cans $3/12 oz and $4/16 oz, $2 for Olympia and Rainier tallboys, craft bottles $6, drafts $3.50/16 oz and $5.50/22 oz, wine $3.

Grand Avenue Ale House
113 Grand Ave., (360) 671-3080
Happy hour daily 4-6 pm: $3.50 wells, $4 micro pints, $2.50 PBR or Farmstrong pints. Pork sliders are $5, chimichurri fries and Thai meatballs $3. Food specials after 10pm.

Herb’s Cider
1228 Bay St.
Happy hour Mon-Thurs 4-6pm: $4 pints on foundation ciders, $10 4-glass flights.

Honey Moon
1053 N. State St., (360) 734-0728
Happy hour Mon-Sat 5-7pm, 10-11pm: $1 off all drinks, free snacks including curry pork rinds and sweet himalayan salted pop corn. Whiskey-cider-cheese fondue with housemade bread, $5.

Horseshoe/Ranch Room
113 W. Holly, (360) 734-0380
Happy hour daily 4-7pm, all day Tuesday: $3 domestic pints and wine, $4 micro pints, $3.50 wells.

Jack’s Bar
219 W. Holly St.
Happy hour 3:30-6pm: Pint of beer or glass of house wine with corn dog, $7.

Jalapeno’s Downtown
501 W. Holly St., (360) 671-3099
Happy hour all day Sunday, Mon-Sat 2-5:30 and 9 to close: 20 oz drafts, double wells and small margaritas $4, Big Mamas $6.50, Mexican bottled beers, 14 oz. drafts, and Alaskan Amber $3, house wines $3.50, $5 premium tequila shot of the month. $1 tacos, $4 nachos, quesadillas, mini burritos (add $1 for meat), $5 jalapeno poppers, dips $2.50/$6 for three, $12 big nachos.

The Local
1427 Railroad, (360) 306-3731
Happy hour daily 3-7pm:  $1 off pints, 20% off starters.

McKay’s Taphouse
1118 E. Maple St., (360) 647-3600
Happy hour daily 3-6pm: $1 off draft beers.

Old World Deli
1228 State St., (360) 738-2090
Happy hour Thurs-Sat 4-6: $2 off house wine by the glass, $2 off any sandwich, $1 off any beer over $3.50.

The Orion
311 E. Holly, (360) 306-8485
Happy hour daily 4pm-7pm: All house cocktails $5, Oly on tap $2.

Pure Bliss Desserts
1424 Cornwall, (360) 739-1612
Happy hour all day Monday (11am-6pm), Tues-Fri 5-7pm: $1 off draft beer, wine on tap, and slices of cake (dine in only).

Racket Pinball Bar
1220 N. State St.
Happy hour Mon-Sat 2-6pm, all day Sunday.

Redlight
1017 State St.
Happy hour 4-7 daily: Happy hour 4-7 daily: $2 off all liquor, house cocktails, infusions, and draft beers, free bar snacks.

Red Rum
209 E. Chestnut
Happy hour daily 4pm-7pm: $3 draft beers, $5 coconut prawns, $5 tiki drink special.

Rock and Rye Oyster House
1145 N. State St. (360) 746-6130
Happy hour 3-6 and 9-close Mon-Sat, all day Sun: $5 draft beer, $6 house wine, $5 manhattans and martinis, small plates $3-$10.

Rook and Rogue
206 W. Magnolia, ​(360) 207-4038
Happy hour daily 2pm-6pm, all day Sunday: $1 off draft beer, wine, wells, and appetizers.

Rumors Cabaret
1119 Railroad, (360) 671-1849
Happy hour daily 6-9: wells and domestic pints, $2.

Schweinhaus
1330 N State St., (360) 671-0206.
Happy hour Mon-Thur 8pm-close: $1 off half liters, $2 off liters.

State Street Bar
1315 N. State St., (360) 733-1619
Happy hour daily 4-8: $3 wells, $1.50 off pitchers, 75 cents off pints (PBR not discounted).

Temple Bar
306 W. Champion, (360) 676-8660
Happy hour 3-7 Mon-Sat, all day Sun: Bottle of wine wine and a little cheese plate or landjaeger $20, 32oz growler of Kulshan beer (rotating selection) and a little cheese plate or landjaeger $18, $3 Kulshan pints, $5 cocktails – paloma, whiskey ginger or gin and tonic. Small plates $3-7.

Trove Coffee
228 N. Samish Way
Happy hour Mon-Fri: $1 off adult beverages.

Uisce Irish Pub
1319 Commercial St., (360) 738-7939
Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7, Sat-Sun 6-7: $1 off all drinks.

Vinostrology
120 W. Holly St., (360) 656-6817
Happy hour daily 4-7pm: 10% off all flights and wine pours, Adult Happy Deal (white or red ‘happy’ bottle; served with olives, cheese, and bread) $17, signature popcorn (fresh popped with butter, parmesan cheese, salt, and chili flakes) $4, glass of bar red wine $5.50.

The Waterfront
521 W Holly St., (360) 676-1755
Happy hour daily 8am-2pm, 4-7pm, and 9pm-close: $3.50 wells, $2.50 domestic pounders, $7.25 domestic pitchers, half price appetizers, pull tab double payout 5-6.

Harbor Area Happy Hours

Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill
7 Bellwether Way, (360) 527-3473
Happy hour daily 3-6:30: $4.50-$5 draft beer, wine $6, featured cocktails $6.50. $7.50 bar burger, salmon swimmers, spicy wings, or sausage and pepperoni pizza, $8.50 ribs and rings, steak tacos, steak strips, crab, shrimp and artichoke dip, or calamari.

Anthony’s Homeport
25 Bellwether Way, (360) 647-5588
Happy hour daily 3-6:30: Select drafts $5-$5.50, selection of wine by the glass $5.50 – $8.50, house cocktails $6.50. Bar burger and seafood apps like salmon sliders, mussels and fries, ahi nachos, and six-pack oysters and prawns, $7.50-$9.50.

Giuseppe’s Al Porto
21 Bellwether Way, (360) 714-8412
Happy hour daily 3pm-6pm: $5 wells, $4 pints, $6 wine, small plates including $6 caprese salad, $8 braised short ribs,  $7 arancini.

The Loft at Latitude 48.5
1901 Roeder Ave., (360) 306-5668
Happy hour daily 3:30-6pm: Select draft beer and wine $4.25. $6.90 plates include Caribbean jerk roasted cauliflower and dry ribs, $8.90 plates include a half pound of chicken wings, Loft burger.

Nicki’s Bella Marina
615 S. Harbor Loop Dr., (360) 332-2505
Happy hour Mon-Sat 3-6, 9pm-close, all day Sunday: $1 off wells, wine, drafts, and appetizers.

North Side Bellingham Happy Hours

Blue Abode
2925 Newmarket St., 360-656-5022
Happy hour daily 3pm-5:30pm: $1 off the daily drink special and all wells, drafts and wines by the glass. $3 small plates menu includes grilled cheese, caesar salad, bread with oil and vinegar, and more.

Bob’s Burgers & Brew
955 Newmarket St., (360) 647-3355
Happy hour daily 3-6 and 8-10 Sun-Thurs: Extensive food and drink specials ranging from $3-$7, including $3 wells, $3.50 domestic drafts, $4 margaritas and $4.50 craft pints on up to $7 Jameson or craft pint with shot of Cuervo. Food includes $3 caesar salad, $5 cheesy jojos, $7 chicken or beef nachos.

Cascade Pizza
2431 Meridian, (360) 671-0999
Happy hour weekdays 4pm-6pm: $4 double wells, $4.75 Kulshan and $3.45 Rolling Rock pints, $5.45 house wine..

Coconut Kenny’s
2220 James St., (360) 647-9273
Happy hour Mon-Sat 3-5pm: $1 off pints, $3 off pitchers, 20% off all food.

El Gitano
1125 E. Sunset , (360) 714-1065
Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-6, all day Sunday: Regular rocks margarita $2.99, jumbo $5.99, $3 wells, $3.50 microbrews. Taquitos, nachos, and quesadillas $4.99 with drink.

Extreme Sports Grill
4156 Meridian St., (360) 647-7066
Happy hour daily 3-6: 50 cents off most pints, $2.75 Rolling Rock pints, wells $3.75, house wine $3, personal cheese pizza, nachos, or potato skins $4, fry baskets and slider baskets $5.

Fireside Martini and Wine Bar
416 W. Bakerview, (360) 738-1000
Happy hour Mon-Sat 3-6: $5 martinis, $4 house wines/wells, $2.50 drafts, $2 off appetizers.

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub
5309 Guide Meridian, (360) 398-1702
Happy hour Mon-Sat 4-7pm: $2 domestics, $8 domestic pitchers,$5 wells.

Jalapeno’s Barkley
2945 Newmarket Pl., (360) 778-2041
Same as downtown location.

Kulshan Brewing
Sunnyland, 2238 James St., and Roosevelt, 1538 Kentucky St.
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm, all day Sunday: $1 off pints,$2 off lager pitchers.

Latitude Kitchen and Bar
1065 E. Sunset Dr., (360) 707-7400
Happy hour daily 3:30-6: Select draft beer and wine $4.25. $6.90 plates include Caribbean jerk roasted cauliflower and dry ribs, $8.90 plates include a half pound of chicken wings, Loft burger.

Melvin Brewing
2416 Meridian, (360) 306-3285
Happy hour daily 4-6pm all seating, 10-11pm bar area: Select pints $3, select tulips $5, food specials include $3 garlic fries, $5 pickle chips, $13 Melvin burger.

Northside Restaurant
3236 Northwest Ave., (360) 671-1799
Happy hour Mon-Sat 3-7. $3 wells, $3.50 drafts, $2.50 domestic beer, $1 off everything else.

Scotty Brown’s
3101 Newmarket St., (360) 306-8823
Happy hour daily 3-6: $3 off all appetizers, $1 off draft beer and wine by the glass, $2 off other cocktails and signature martinis. Does not apply to “Social Drinks,” whatever the hell that means.

Slo Pitch Sports Grill
3720 Meridian, (360) 733-2255
Happy hour daily 11am-1pm and 4-6, and 9-10: 1/2 priced select apps, $3 wells, $2.25 domestic drafts.

Village Inn Pub
3020 Northwest, (360) 734-2490
Happy hour Mon-Wed, Fri & Sun 4-6; all day Thurs & Sat.: $7.50 pitchers, $2.50 pints, $3.50 well drinks, $2 off appetizers.

Zen Sushi
3001 Cinema Pl., (360) 734-7888
Happy hour Mon-Thurs 2:30-5 and 9-close; Fri-Sun 9:30-close: $1 off all rolls with purchase of any drink, including soda.

Fairhaven Happy Hours

Archer Ale House
1212 Tenth St., (360) 647-7002
Happy hour Wed-Fri 3-6pm: $1.00 off pints, imperial pints, wine, and cocktails; appetizer specials.

Best Buds Gaming Lounge
1121 McKenzie Ave., (360) 398-6183
Happy hour daily 4pm-7pm: $1 off all pints and cocktails. Late happy hour Sun-Thurs 11pm-close, Fri-Sat midnight-close: select drafts and craft cans and bottles $3, well cocktails $4, snacks including chicken nuggets, mac and cheese bites and cheesy tots $4-5.

Black Cat
1200 Harris Ave., 3rd floor, (360) 733-6136
Happy hour 3-6pm and 9-close Mon-Thurs, all day Sunday: $1 off wells, drafts and wine by the glass. Small plates including blackened prawn taco, $6, petite fondue, $9, and cheeseburger and fries, $8.

Dirty Dan Harris
1211 11th St., (360) 676-1087
Happy hour daily 5-6:30: $5 house wine, $4 wells, $7 doubles. Happy hour food menu $6-$12, includes sliders, oysters and prime rib sandwich.

Fairhaven Pizza
1307 11th St., (360) 756-7561
Happy hour daily 2-6: $1 off slices and and beer.

Fat Pie Pizza
1015 Harris Ave., (360) 366-8090
Happy hour daily 2-6 and 9-close: Fat mac fritters, Fried ravioli, Pizza slices, HH Caesar, Crispy garbanzos, HH meatballs, $3.99-4.99. single wells $3, double wells $5, Pints $4, carafe of wine $10, martinis, manhattans, house favorite shakers $7

The Filling Station
1138 Finnegan Way
(360) 715-1839
Happy hour daily 3pm-5:30: $3.50 drafts, $1 off Old German can with burger purchase, $2 off signature cocktails. $5 small plates including chicken, sloppy joe and chili dog sliders.

Gainsbarre
1143 11th St.
Happy hour daily noon-4pm
Select cocktails $5, wine $6, all beer $4. Drink and cheese plate for one $10, for two $18,

Galloway’s
1200 10th St.
(360) 756-2795
Happy hour daily 3pm-6pm, all day Sunday: House wine $5, draft beer $4, wells $5, house martini or manhattan $8, small plates $4-12, brie plate with bottle of wine $20.

Jalapeno’s Fairhaven
1007 Harris St., (360) 656-6600
Same as downtown location.

Keenan’s
804 10th St., (360) 392-5510
Happy hour 3-6 daily: Small plates including a blackened fish taco, beef or spicy lamb sliders, carnitas and chicken satay, $3-$9.

Ovn Woodfired Pizza
1148 10th St, (360) 393-4327
Happy hour daily 3 – 6 pm: $7 Margherita pizza, $3 pints, $4 wells and house wine glass, $13 bottle of house wine.

Pizza’zza
1501 12th St.
(360) 218-7012
Happy hour daily  2-5pm and 8pm-close: $3 slices, $5 potato wedges, $7 pepperoni rolls, $7 cheese breadsticks, select $4 pints, $5 wine pours, $6 beer flights

Skylark’s
1308 11th St., (360) 715-3642
Happy hour Mon-Thurs 4-6 and 10-close: $3 wells, pints, and wine by the glass, half price appetizers.

Swim Club
1147 11th St.
Happy house daily 4pm-7pm, Sun-Wed 11pm-close, Thurs-Sat midnight-close: $6 wells, $8 classics, $10 wine glass, $4 drafts, $2 Tecate, $7 Tecate and tequila shot. $7 draft and Fernet shot, $4 Magic Minute cocktail at 6pm.

Bellingham trivia nights

Trivia teams typically have  four to six players, and each player contributes a buck or two toward the  jackpot. Variations abound, so check in with the venue to confirm their particulars. And plan to show up early to grab a table for your team.

This list reflects recurring bouts, but there are often one-off themed trivia nights. Keep an eye on the calendar for those.

Sunday

Boundary Bay Brewery
1107 Railroad
5:30pm, host Jeff Zweirs

Archer Ale House
1212 10th St.
6:30pm, host Will Canepa

Monday

Kulshan Brewing Company
2238 James St.
7pm, alternating hosts Justin Smith and Rob Coiner

Rook and Rogue
206 Magnolia
7pm

Paws for a Beer
501 Harris Ave.
6pm

Culture Cafe
210 E. Chestnut
8pm with host Randall Ragsdale

Tuesday

Fireside Martini Bar
416 W. Bakerview
6:30pm

Village Inn and Pub
3020 Northwest Ave.
7pm

Twin Sisters
500 Carolina St.
7pm with Randall Ragsdale

Pizza’zza Fairhaven
1501 12th St.
7:30pm, first and third Tuesdays

Uisce Irish Pub
1319 Commercial St.
Trivia for the Masses most Tuesdays, movie trivia on the last Tuesday of the month. Both at 8pm.

Wednesday

Slo Pitch Sports Grill
3720 Meridian St.
7pm

Kulshan K2 
1538 Kentucky St.
7pm with Jen Castaldo

McKay’s Taphouse
1118 E Maple St.
7:30pm

Thursday

Stone’s Throw Brewing
1009 Larabee
7pm

Hops n Headz
3207 Meridian St.
Second Thursday of the month, 7pm

Bars open on Christmas

Here ya go – bars that will be open Christmas Day/Night, listed in order of opening time. The Wild Buffalo and Cap’s will both have karaoke tonight, with Aireekah Laudert and Zach Zinn as the respective hosts.

Waterfront – 8am

State Street – 4pm (note: the Beaver will be closed)

Rumors – 4pm

Cap’s – 5pm

Galloway’s – 5pm

Grand Ave – 5pm

Jack’s – 6pm

Uisce – 6pm

McKay’s – 6pm

The Orion – 7pm

Wild Buffalo – 9pm

Quick bite: Honey Moon Alley Bar and Cidery

by June Hathaway

The stretch of North State Street dubbed the Alley District has seen a lot of change in the past decade. The neighborhood that was once home to a revolving cast of scrappy shops and arts ventures anchored by the Hub Community Bike Shop is now dominated by condos and apartment blocks. And Honey Moon, which spent that decade serving up mead in the Alley District, is making changes, too. Yummy, boozy changes.

Honey Moon opened in 2009 as a meadery – think a brewpub for mead, a honey-based brew that is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks. The term “honeymoon” is derived from the ancient tradition of celebrating the first month, or moon, of a new marriage by getting blotto with your bae on mead brought by the wedding guests. Honey Moon brews its meads – and ciders – on site. (We reviewed a flight of Honey Moon’s meads back in 2014.)

The recent addition of spirits – reflected in the new “Alley Bar” tagline – opened the door for a roster of cocktails that craftily combine mead with liquor and more traditional mixers, including house-made flavored sodas like root beer and turmeric ginger ale. I couldn’t tell you what turmeric tastes like, but I can certainly tell you that Honey Moon’s ginger ale makes a damn fine whiskey ginger.

The food menu has expanded, too. Happy hour food specials center on $5 whiskey-cider-cheese fondue served with house-made bread, and free bar snacks: snickerdoodle fortune cookies, sweet and salty popcorn and curry pork rinds. (If that last bit sounds familiar, it’s because the wizard behind this kitchen curtain is Michelle Schutte, who instituted a similar happy hour giveaway during her tenure at Redlight.) Happy hour is Monday-Saturday 5-7pm, and you also get a buck off all drinks.

If you’re craving sturdier fare, there are small plates priced from $5 to $8, including a daily soup and salad, pulled pork with locally made Hosa hot sauce, Spanish-style meatballs, baked chevre, and more.

Despite the changes, some traditions endure. Honey Moon continues to host Bellingham’s longest-running open mic on Wednesday nights, and on December 22, readers will take the stage in the fourth annual tag-team reading of Beowulf, the epic poem about a warrior who loves his mead and a monster who loves his mother. As for new events, keep an eye out for True Crime Trivia on the first Monday of each month.

Honey Moon Alley Bar and Cidery
1053 N. State St. (alley entrance)
Open Monday through Saturday 5pm to midnight, happy hour 5pm to 7pm.

Weekender: Bellingham events for September 21-23

Commercial Street Night Market

This is the last Night Market of the season, and it’s gonna be a doozy. Bike polo, sea shantys, a climbing wall, and karaoke, alongside local vendors and the Uisce beer garden. Friday from 6pm-10pm on Commercial Street between Magnolia and Holly.

SeaFeast

The name kinda says it all unless you, like me, see “SeaBeast,” in which case we will both *probably* be disappointed. SeaFeast encompasses a huge array of activities, so be sure to check their website for complete info. In a nutshell, there’s poetry, art, and film downtown on and seafood galore at the harbor on Friday.  Saturday brings demonstrations, activities, music and, of course, more food.  Friday noon-11, Saturday 10am-8pm, various locations.

Your Vote Counts Block Party

Indivisible is throwing a party, and you’re invited! Grab a brew at the beer garden and chat with the candidates and reps from organizations tabling the event. There’ll be music and dance, and you can even register to vote. Sunday 1pm-3pm at Depot Square Market.

Lyrics Born with Bukue One and All Star Opera

I like it, I love it! Bay area rapper and “serial collaborator” Lyrics Born always puts on a great show, full of melodic funk. He’s touring in support of a new album, Quite a Life, and supported by Seattle hiphop collective All Star Opera and fellow California veteran Bukue One. Sure to be a sweaty good time. Sunday 9pm at the Wild Buffalo.

For a full list of the weekend’s events, see the Bellingham on Tap calendar.

 

Weekender for September 14-16

Sippin’ on Cider: A Bellingham Cider Tasting Festival

Lost Giants Cider is hosting Sippin’ on Cider, a festival to benefit Shifting Gears. There’ll be nine cideries participating, plus food trucks, music, outdoor living rooms, games, and a photo booth. $25 at the door gets you all that, an 8 ounce tasting glass, and three fill-ups. Friday, 6pm-10pm, 1200 Meador Ave.

Maneken Hand, Dreadful Children, Gallowmaker ItchyKitty, Adventur

Waterfront music booker and N7E Records founder Robby Cleary died unexpectedly this week. This would have been a great show in any event, but now it’s also a chance to honor the memory of a true and tireless punk believer. Waterfront Tavern, 521 Holly St., Saturday at 9pm, $7.

Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Gathering

Go up the country and learn “practical new-fangled and old-timey skills. Bee keeping, yarn spinning, native plant foods, fermentation, gardening wisdoms, livestock care, food preservation and much more.” There’ll be hourly classes and a field to barter your stuff in, plus music, food and beer.  Admission is $20 a day or $35 for both days, and you can camp Saturday night for an extra $10. Saturday/Sunday, 10am-5pm, on north Lake Whatcom at 2582 North Shore Rd.

Catch them while you can: the markets of summer’s end

by June Hathaway

Never mind the thermometer – the truth is, summer is slip-slidin’ away. Fortunately for those of us who spent the past couple of months hiding in darkened rooms, there’s still time to experience Bellingham’s seasonal outdoor markets (the OG Downtown Farmers Market at Chestnut and Railroad runs year-round). Find our local markets below, listed in order of time left to get your butt over there before they wrap up for the season.

In town

Fairhaven Farmers Market
Wednesdays through August, 3pm-7pm at 10th and Mill (map).
The Downtown Farmers Market’s chill little sister features fresh local produce arrayed under the shady pergolas that ring the Fairhaven Village Green’s sunny lawn. There’s live music from 4-6, making it a lively spot for a midweek picnic.

The Barkley Market
Wednesdays through August, 11am-6pm at Barkley Village (map)
The northeast side shopping-center-slash-office-park livens up the workweek with a Wednesday market offering food trucks and lawn games from 11am-2pm, mini farmer’s market 4pm-6pm.

Birchwood International Market
Last Fridays through September, 6pm-10pm at Park Manor Shopping Center aka Old Albertson’s (map)
No doubt folks in Birchwood, part of the city’s largest food desert, would rather have a grocery store. But since Albertson’s hasn’t released its death grip on their old store location even now that they’ve sold it, residents will make the most of this neighborhood market with craft vendors, food trucks, and music in the meantime.

Farther afield

While Bellingham proper is home to a few urban farms, most of the produce you’ll see at markets comes from farms in the rural areas surrounding the city. These community markets get you even closer to the source.

Lynden Farmers Market
Saturdays through September, 10am-2pm at Centennial Park (map)
Produce, handmade toys, and more, just a short walk from the Jansen Arts Center and the delightfully old-timey Pioneer Museum, which will have free admission on September 22.

Edison Farmers Market
Sundays through September, 10am-2pm at the Edison Granary (map)
Check out the goods at the farmers market, and then explore tiny Edison, the manic pixie dream girl of towns-that-don’t-officially-exist.

Ferndale Farmers Market
Fridays, 3pm-7pm through October 5 at Centennial Riverwalk Park (map)

In addition to a weekly bounty of local eats and goods, you’ll find a monthly flea market here on September 14 and October 5.