Not so into crowds? We got you. 

How to celebrate the Salish Sea without the crowds at this year’s Bellingham SeaFeast. 


There’s a little something for everyone at Bellingham SeaFeast - yes, even those who would prefer to get their seafood to-go and enjoy it on their own couch. Although we invite you to join the crowd here in the harbor to eat, play and dance the day away on the shores of Bellingham Bay, we also understand maybe that’s not your thing. Here are some ideas for how to hit some favorites without the hustle and bustle of a big crowd. 

  • Get your seafood fix at SeaFeast Locals Night.

Friday, September 20th 4-7pm at Central Pier near Waypoint Park & 8:30 at the Pickford Film Center 

Try our exclusive collab with Acme Ice Cream at SeaFeast Locals’ Night!

Try our exclusive collab with Acme Ice Cream at SeaFeast Locals’ Night!

A few of our favorite seafood trucks kick off the weekend with us at the new Granary Building near Waypoint Park on Central Pier. Try Fork & Fin’s fish & chips with furikake seasoning or Anthony’s Finn’s poke tacos. Then top it off with one of our ice cream collabs with Acme Ice the lemon-parsley palate cleanser or the creamy kelp ice cream with nori flakes. Grab a FisherPoets button for $10 and you’re ready for action both Friday and Saturday nights. Head up the hill toward downtown and duck into Fourth Corner Frames on your way to the Pickford Film Center to see maritime artist, Tom Crestodina of The Scow, who takes a closer look at the boats that pass through Bellingham Bay and beyond. At the Pickford treat yourself to a little over an hour of water-inspired films, many created by local filmmakers. Entrance to the films is included with purchase of your FisherPoets button. Sit back, relax, digest and enjoy the low-key atmosphere of a Friday night in the city of renewed excitement. 

  • Take a tour at All American Marine or Bornstein Seafoods.

Saturday, September 21st all-day at their facilities on Hilton Ave, just off Roeder Ave. 

These tours are fascinating looks into a part of the working waterfront that is typically less visible to the public. Both All American and Bornstein Tours are at their HQ on Hilton Ave, just off Roeder Ave and a bit away from SeaFeast’s main crowd. You’ll walk away with more appreciation and understanding of what truly goes on throughout our busy waterfront. 


  • Head to FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay. 

Saturday evening, September 21st beginning at 6:30pm at Honey Moon Mead & Cider, Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, and Boundary Bay’s Mountain Room. Choir of the Salish Sea at 7:30pm at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room.

Saturday evening, grab a drink and sit back as the Fisher-Poets-on-Bellingham-Bay bring you along on their poems and tales of summers and lives at sea. Choose from Honey Moon Mead & Cider, the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, Boundary Bay’s Mountain Room, and The Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room where the choir of the Salish Sea takes you on a journey during their “Seaside Rendezvous” performance. Visit any of these locations with your $10 FisherPoets button, sold at the doors of each venue. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Beer & wine is available at each mead at the Honey Moon!  

  • Explore the Paddle Adventure Course or tour the waterfront with REsources for Sustainable Communities. 

Gate 5 in Squalicum Harbor 11am, 12:30pm, or 2pm and at Waypoint Park at 10am.

Sundays can be a quieter day at the harbor, so why not head to the waterfront for a last trip on the water before we fully welcome in autumn? Try the a Paddle Adventure course! These kayak sessions are capped at 10 and offered FREE of charge. Sign up here for a short lesson or refresher to bolster those on-the-water skills you tried out this summer. Or walk the waterfront with REsources for Sustainable Communities to learn about the history of Bellingham’s waterfront development, starting at 10am at our new Waypoint Park. This free, informational tour offers insight into what’s up at the waterfront and how else you can be involved. 

Find our full Schedule-at-a-Glance here! See you this weekend! 


Elma Burnham