Saturday, September 21st 6:30-10pm in venues throughout downtown Bellingham, WA.

Get Salty with us as we celebrate the commercial fishing industry through poetry, prose and song as inspired by the original FisherPoets Gathering, held annually in Astoria, Oregon. For a taste of what you might hear in September, take a peak at In The Tote, an online collection of fisherpoety, story and song, compiled by FisherPoet Pat Dixon. Here in Bellingham, we will welcome both longtime FisherPoets and folks new to the scene, all with a strong connection to the water. The FisherPoets tradition has been celebrated among various acclaimed news sources since its founding: read the 2009 New York Times article here and listen to the 2019 CBC piece here. Full line-up will be released during the week of the festival.

All FisherPoets venues (including the Pickford Film Center) require a 2019 FisherPoets button for entry; buttons are $10 and available at each venue the evening of performances. Seating is first come, first serve. Buttons will also be available at the SeaFeast booth in Waypoint Park Friday, September 20th from 4-7pm.

Friday September 20th

Downtown Bellingham

SeaFeast locals night!

  • 4pm-7pm: Select Food Trucks & SeaFeast Info Booth at Waypoint Park open - 1145 Granary Ave

  • until 8:30pm: Fourth Corner Frames will remain open late to welcome SeaFeast attendees to view …a closer look, a show by local artist & SeaFeast Arts vendor Tom Crestodina, of “The Scow.” - 311 W Holly St

  • 8:30pm: Ninety minutes of water-inspired shorts of the Pickford Film Center - 1318 Bay St

Saturday September 21st

Zuanich Point Park

  • 1:30pm: FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay showcase featuring Sierra Golden, Jon Lee, and youth poets - Main Stage

Downtown Bellingham

  • 6:30pm: FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay performances begin at

    • Honey Moon Mead & Cider - 1053 N State St Alley

    • Boundary Bay’s Mountain Room - 1103 Railroad Ave

    • Mount Baker Theater Encore Room - 104 N Commercial St

  • 7:30pm: Choir of the Salish Sea performance at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room - 121 Prospect St

  • 10pm: Performances wrap up

Bob Gudmundson, of Desire Fish Co, sings original songs of the sea in 2018.

Bob Gudmundson, of Desire Fish Co, sings original songs of the sea in 2018.

Sign up to be a FisherPoets Greeter & Host at the link above! Shifts run at each venue from 6-10pm.