School’s out for summer! And it’s time to kick up your heels or just listen to the many musicians performing in Whatcom County parks, restaurants and other locations (all in Bellingham unless noted). Here’s a schedule you can keep through Labor Day. Most performances are free of charge, but donations to the musicians are always appreciated. There’s food available for purchase at these events, which are nearly all family friendly. Be aware that rain may cancel some of these events, or they’ll be held inside. Check ahead.
Blues, Brews & BBQ, Hotel Bellwether’s Waterfront Terrace, 1 Bellwether Way
The barbecue goes from 5 to 8 p.m., with music from 6 to 9 p.m.
June 16: Chris Eger Band.
June 23: Stacy Jones Band.
June 30: Jasmine Greene Band.
July 4: Midnight Legend.
July 7: The Walrus.
July 14: Margaret Wilder Band.
July 21: Baby Cakes.
July 28: The Atlantics.
Aug. 4: Jasmine Greene Band.
Aug. 11: The Walrus.
Aug. 18: Chris Eger Band.
Aug. 25: Gin Creek.
Sept. 1: The Atlantics.
Sept. 8: TBA.
Details: 360-392-3100, hotelbellwether.com/restaurant.
Wednesday Farmers Market, Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St.
The Bellingham Farmers Wednesday Market is a great venue for your mid-week market pick-me-up, with two dozen vendors selling local produce, crafts and delicious eats, running from noon to 5 p.m. through Aug. 31, with music from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
June 22: Falcon Grady.
June 29: The Sweet Goodbyes.
July 6: Jean Mann.
July 13: Chuck Dingée.
July 20: Sabrina Gomez.
July 27: The Overeasies.
Aug. 3: Quickdraw Stringband.
Aug. 10: Amber Darland.
Aug. 17: Daisy O’Connor.
Aug. 24: The Elopements.
Aug. 31: Richard Tucker.
Details: 360-647-2060, bellinghamfarmers.org.
Happy Hour BBQs, Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave.
Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through September in the beer garden. The barbecue continues until 8 p.m., with music from 5 to 7:30 p.m., hosted by Robert Sarazin Blake with rotating musicians. The Twilight Concerts are from 8:30 to 11 p.m. All ages are welcome until 10 p.m. Suggested donation for the musicians is $5 to $10.
Aug. 4: Happy hour: Robert Sarazin Blake.
Aug. 11: Happy hour: Lone Piñon.
In addition, Out of the Ashes performs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Sept. 27. The Out of the Ashes Music Project teaches creative expression, a deeper sense of self esteem and positive social behavior skills, open to people of all ages and abilities.
Weekend BBQs On the Beach, Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine
Barbecues run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday through Sept. 11 in the Packers Outdoor Courtyard.
June 17: Nashville Northwest.
June 18: Lord Knapp.
June 24: Queens Bluegrass.
June 25: Stranded Dog.
July 1: Greg Pitsch Band.
July 2: Lord Knapp.
July 8: Queens Bluegrass.
July 9: The Replayzmentz.
July 15: Last Call Band.
July 16: Nashville Northwest.
July 22: Lord Knapp.
July 23: Blues Union.
July 29: The Atlantics.
July 30: Stranded Dog.
Aug. 5: Nashville Northwest.
Aug. 6: Blues Union.
Aug. 12: Blues Union.
Aug. 13: Lord Knapp.
Aug. 19: The Atlantics.
Aug. 20: The Naughty Blokes.
Aug. 26: The Replayzmentz.
Aug. 27: Stranded Dog.
Sept. 2: Nashville Northwest.
Sept. 3: Blues Union.
Sept. 9: Queens Bluegrass.
Sept. 10: Lord Knapp.
Details: 360-318-2044, semiahmoo.com.
Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series, Elizabeth and Madison streets
These concerts, held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 23 through Aug. 25, are sponsored by The Eldridge Society, in partnership with Bellingham Parks and Recreation. Food will be available for purchase from Mallard, The Family Dog and others. Picnickers are encouraged to recycle and compost. Alcohol is not permitted in the park. Donations to enable The Eldridge Society to continue to pay the performers are appreciated.
June 23: Midnight Legend.
June 30: C.C. Adams Band with Mary Ellen Lykins.
July 7: Scary Monster & The Super Creeps.
July 14: Flattery.
July 21: The Mountain Flowers.
Aug. 4: bandZand.
Aug. 11: Sonja Lee Band.
Aug. 18: Out of the Ashes.
Aug. 25: The Naughty Blokes.
Farm Tunes, BelleWood Acres Distilling & Event Center, 6140 Guide Meridian Drive, Lynden
These family-friendly concerts take place from 6-9 p.m. on the outdoor patio.
June 24: Chad Petersen’s Front Porch Swing.
July 1: Prairie Skye.
July 8: Prozac Mtn Boys.
July 22: Queens Bluegrass.
July 29: Swedish Mafia.
Aug. 5: TBA.
Aug. 12: Lindsay Street.
Aug. 19: Gentri Watson.
Aug. 26: Hot Damn Scandal.
Sept. 2: The Elopements.
Sept. 9: Easy Tigers.
Sept. 16: Marcel & Nakos.
Sept. 23: Lost at Last.
Sept. 30: Nashville Northwest.
Details: 360-318-7720, bellewoodfarms.com.
The Roost Summer Series at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave.
The Roost, a community-supported music venue in Bellingham, hosts a new series of concerts by local and regional musicians starting at 9 p.m. in the beer garden for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $10 per concert through Brown Paper Tickets.
June 24: Petunia and The Vipers.
July 1: Polecat.
Noon Concert Series at WWU
Western Washington University Viking Union Summer Programs presents the family-friendly, hour-long Summer Noon Concert Series on the Performing Arts Center Plaza featuring a line-up of local and regional artists showcasing a variety of music. Rain location is WWU’s Underground Coffeehouse.
June 29: Polecat.
July 6: Wes Mackey.
July 13: Sosa.
July 20: Amir Beso.
July 27: Actionesse.
Details: 360-650-2390, Facebook.
Boulevard Park Concert Series, South State Street and Bay View Drive
Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department hosts these concerts; food and beverage vendors will be on site, but picnics are welcome. Alcohol is prohibited.
July 2: Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme.
July 16: Picoso.
July 30: Snug Harbor.
Aug. 13: Maggie’s Fury.
Details: 360-778-7000, cob.org.
Fiddlin’ Fox music and dance series, Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St.
From 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday in July, enjoy a free outdoor music and dance series that encourages participants to enjoy a variety of music styles and to try dancing, with a free lesson for all ages at the beginning of each show, hosted by Linda “Fiddlin’” Fox, a fiddler who has been bringing live music to dancers in the Bellingham area since 1981.
July 3: Jazz Gents.
July 10: TBA.
July 17: Alma Villegas.
July 24: Balkanarama.
Downtown Sounds, on the 1300 block of Bay Street
Now in its 13th year, hosted by Downtown Bellingham Partnerships, each night will feature performances by popular bands, local food vendors and a 21-and-older beverage garden supported by Boundary Bay Brewery. Doors at 5:30 p.m.; music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Details: 360-527-8710, downtownbellingham.com.
Dancing on the Green, Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St.
Hosted by Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department and Rumba Northwest, local instructors will teach a variety of social dances styles from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by DJ tunes from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. No experience or partner is necessary.
July 8: Swing lesson by Brad Widman. DJ tunes: Swing, Charleston, jitterbug.
July 15: Tango lesson by TangoLife. DJ tunes: Tango, milonga, valse.
July 22: Salsa lesson by Rumba Northwest. DJ tunes: Salsa, merengue, bachata.
July 29: Waltz lesson by Bellingham Dance Company. DJ tunes: Waltz, foxtrot, tango.
Aug. 5: Blues fusion lesson by State Street Fusion. DJ tunes: Top 40, fusion, blues.
Aug. 12: Cajun and zydeco lesson by Gator Boy Productions.
Aug. 19: TBA.
Aug. 26: TBA.
Swing Connection Summer Concerts at Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St.
Bellingham’s Swing Connection performs popular dance music and concert music from the big-band to the swing era. They’ll play July 28 in the Elizabeth Park series; the concerts below are at Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St.
July 31: 2 to 4 p.m.
Aug. 27: Noon to 5 p.m. with Skagit Swings Band and The A Band.
Aug. 28: 2 to 4 p.m.
Details: 360-656-5037, swingconnection.org.
Music at Maritime, 500 W. Holly St. (at Central Avenue)
Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department hosts these concerts from 6 to 8 p.m.; food and beverage vendors will be on site, but picnics are welcome. Alcohol is prohibited.
Aug. 10: Baby Cakes.
Aug. 17: Polecat.
Aug. 24: The Staxx Brothers.
Details: 360-778-7000, cob.org.