Heliotrope Hotel

Blog - The Best Things to Do in Bellingham | Heliotrope Hotel

We're more than a boutique hotel - we ignite local experiences and adventures. Check out our blog for all kinds of things to do around Bellingham.

Bellingham Events: Fine Arts, Live Music, and Everything in Between

There is always live music playing and new art on display in the Bellingham art hub. This  college town brings in artists of every genre: music, theatre, visual arts, and everything in between. See what’s going on in the neighborhood!

Bellingham Arts and Events Venues

Mount Baker Theatre

mount baker theater full house.jpeg

Washington’s largest theatrical venue north of Seattle is graced with music and dance, classic theatre, and modern performance. In 2018, the historical stage welcomed Jane Goodall, The Price is Right Live, Neko Case, and several international performances, not to mention dozens of local artists and productions.

Sylvia Center for the Arts

Sylvia Center for The Arts.jpg

This nonprofit space provides a stage for small theatre groups, bands, and artists who are just starting out. Listen to music from around the world and watch original plays by local playwrights or twists on beloved classics. Think stagings of three-person Macbeth, Terminator the Musical, and so many other innovative performances.

The Upfront Theatre

The Upfront Theatre.jpg

Ryan Stiles, improv actor and co-producer of Whose Line is it Anyway?, founded The Upfront Theatre as a home for improv comedy. Catch a show Thursdays-Sundays every week. Interested in trying improv yourself? Visit the free drop-in class held the first Saturday of every month.

Pickford Film Center


Watch independent films in a vibrant, historic downtown movie theatre. The unique Pickford environment is perfect for enjoying productions both local and international. From April 4th through 6th, 2019, enjoy a full weekend of music videos, animated stories, documentaries, and other music-inspired films. The Pickford also provides delicious local snacks including chocolate, cheese, wine, and beer. Also check out the Limelight: the Pickford’s sister theatre rotating old blockbusters.

Boundary Bay Brewery

boundary bay drink.jpg

Nicknaming its outdoor zone “Bellingham’s Backyard,” this popular restaurant and brewery hosts live music at least five times a week. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sounds with an award-winning beer and meal from the comprehensive menu.

Downtown Sounds

Downtown Sounds in Bellingham, WA.png

Every summer, the eclectic musical offerings of Whatcom County and beyond come together for a festival of sound. Tantalize your senses with all the different musical styles and local tastes the Bellingham area has to offer. Visit Bay and Prospect St on Wednesday evenings between July 10th and August 7th, 2019 - streets are closed off for dancing, food and fun!

Downtown Art Walk

Downtown Art Walk - Bellingham, WA.png

Wander the evening streets of downtown Bellingham on the first Friday of every month, 6pm to 10pm, to view new local artistic creations. The Artwalk path meanders between galleries, shops, restaurants, studios, and business fronts, boasting paintings, photographs, fiber arts, and other rotating media. Tuesday through Saturday every week from 12pm to 5pm, visit the Make.Shift Art Gallery to see the latest local creations.

Heliotrope Hotel

Heliotrope Hotel Hub.jpg

At the end of the night, when you’re not quite ready to retire, join an intimate group of hotel guests around the firepit, trading stories and conversation, and sometimes song: It’s not an uncommon sight for someone to break out a guitar.

For a peek at Bellingham events while you’re in town, visit the What’s Up calendar.

Dylan Green