Here’s a look at the Ski to Sea events for 2016.
Friday, May 20
Starts 6 p.m. at Cornwall Avenue and Kearney Street, continues down Cornwall and ends at Railroad Avenue and Champion Street. Anyone who wants to walk in the parade can do so without registering. Registration at bellingham.com is required for floats, cars and trucks, and marching bands. Awards will be given for Grand Prize, Best Pet, Best Large Float, Best Small Float, Best Group, Best Decorated Bike, Best Novelty, Best Drill Group, Judges Awards, and Band Awards. Judging begins 4:30 p.m., line up by 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 21
Junior Race, Lake Padden Park
Kids and community members compete in a five-leg relay race: running, biking, soccer, ball carry, and obstacle course. Advance registration required. Racers and spectators pack the park, so arrive early. Races at 9 a.m., noon, and 2:15 p.m. Details: bellingham.com/event-directory/junior-race.
Sunday, May 22
Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue
5-7 p.m., Bloedel Donovan Park, for volunteers only. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-746-8861. Entertainment by Major Treble, Western Washington University a cappella singers.
Wednesday, May 25, through Saturday, May 28
Bellingham Public Library Book Sale
Large selection of books and media for all ages, with tables restocked steadily. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (most items $1); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday (half-price day); 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday ($4 per bag). Sale downstairs in Central Library, 210 Central Ave. Proceeds benefit the library. Details: 360-778-7250, email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 25
“The Mountain Runners”
The movie, shown 6:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., recounts the mountain endurance-adventure foot race, first run in 1911, to the summit of Mount Baker and back that was the forerunner of Ski to Sea. The film incorporates historic images, archival film, visual effects, music, and dramatizations. Details: 360-738-0735, pickfordfilmcenter.org.
Friday, May 27
Ski to Sea Block Party
5-11 p.m., Boundary Bay Beer Garden, 1107 Railroad Ave. Food and beverage; all ages welcome. The Atlantics and Jasmine Greene perform. Details: bbaybrewery.com, 360-647-5593.
Saturday, May 28
The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosts the annual parade, which starts at noon at Cornwall Avenue and Alabama Street. Parade proceeds to East Champion, ending at North State and York streets, with marching bands, floats, fire trucks, law enforcement vehicles, dance troupes, clowns, Bellingham SeaHawkers, community walking groups, and horses. This year’s theme is “Making Memories.” Grand marshal is David “Mac” McMaster. Details: bellingham.com/event-directory/blossomtime-parade.
This is the only day for people to practice the entire Ski to Sea cyclocross course (sections are on private property with no trespassing except for this practice time and on race day). Noon to 4 p.m. only. The course will be marked, but riders must obey all rules of the road, including stop signs and signals, because there won’t be flaggers or officers at intersections. Details: skitosea.com/cross-country-bike.
Sunday, May 29
Ski to Sea Race
The highlight event of Ski to Sea is the annual seven-leg relay race from Mount Baker to Marine Park. Start time: 7:30 a.m. at Mt. Baker Ski Area. Top teams finish about six hours later. Finish line festivities at the park include food vendors, Boundary Bay beer garden, sponsor booths, spectator viewing, and Ski to Sea merchandise. Details: skitosea.com.
Historic Fairhaven Festival
The family-friendly festival is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. between 10th and 11th streets and Mill and McKenize avenues. The beer-and-wine garden and live music main stage are at 11th and McKenzie, with arts and craft vendors, exhibits from nonprofits, and children’s activities on district streets and the Village Green. Variety of food booths on site. Free admission. Parking is difficult, so take a WTA bus.
From Fairhaven, walk to Marine Park to watch Ski to Sea kayakers arrive. Race information, photos and exhibitors will be at the park.
Main stage at 11th Street and McKenzie Avenue
No cover for beer garden, open noon to 7 p.m.
▪ 11:45 a.m: VFW Post 1545 and Bellingham Firefighters Pipes & Drum
▪ Noon: Kathy Duncan performs the national anthem
▪ 12:30 p.m.: Lost at Last
▪ 2:30 p.m.: SpaceBand
▪ 4:30 p.m.: Blind Fate
Green Stage at the Village Green, 10th Street and Mill Avenue
▪ 11:30 a.m.: Silk Road dancers
▪ 4 p.m.: D’vas and Dudes
Other acts throughout the day.
Buses to Fairhaven Festival
Whatcom Transportation Authority will run extra buses on Route 14 between Western Washington University and the Ski to Sea festival in Fairhaven. Free parking at WWU Lot C (by Wade King Student Recreation Center, on Bill McDonald Parkway at West College Way). Buses will depart every 15 minutes, starting at 11:30 a.m., from a sheltered stop on the west side of Bill McDonald Parkway. The last departure to Fairhaven will be at 7:15 p.m. Route 401, the “Red Line,” will run every 30 minutes between the Railroad Avenue station downtown and Fairhaven.
Riders pay $1 per trip. WTA bus passes accepted.
For information on reaching other Ski to Sea festivities using regular bus service, call 360-676-RIDE (7433) or visit ridewta.com.