Ski to Sea

Ski to Sea has plenty of events surrounding race in 2016

On a sunny afternoon thousands lined Cornwall Avenue to watch the Ski to Sea Grand Parade on May 26, 2012, in Bellingham. The 2016 Blossomtime Parade, as it’s now called, is Saturday, May 28.
On a sunny afternoon thousands lined Cornwall Avenue to watch the Ski to Sea Grand Parade on May 26, 2012, in Bellingham. The 2016 Blossomtime Parade, as it’s now called, is Saturday, May 28. The Bellingham Herald

Here’s a look at the Ski to Sea events for 2016.

General details: 360-746-8861,; 360-734-1330,

Friday, May 20

Junior Parade

Starts at 6 p.m. at the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Kearney Street, continues down Cornwall and ends at Railroad and Champion streets. Anyone wishing to walk in the parade can do so without registering. Registration at 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 at 4:30 p.m., line up by 4:15 p.m.

May 20-22

“Something Wonderful”

Bellingham Circus Guild presents a show about a boy who dreams of a magical adventure, through land and sea, filled with fantastic characters, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 Sixth St. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger; available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

Saturday, May 21

Junior Race, Lake Padden Park

Kids and community members compete in a five-leg relay race that includes running, biking, soccer dribbling and an obstacle course. Advance registration is required. Racers and spectators pack the park, so arrive early. Races at 9 a.m., noon and 2:15 p.m. Details:

Sunday, May 22

Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue

Bloedel Donovan Park, 5-7 p.m. for volunteers only. Details:, 360-746-8861. Entertainment by Western Washington University a cappella singers Major Treble.

Wednesday, May 25-Saturday, May 28

The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library Ski to Sea Book Sale

Large selection of books and media for all ages. Tables are restocked continually. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (most items $1); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday (half-price sale day); 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday ($4 per bag sale). Sale located downstairs in the Central Library, 210 Central Ave. All proceeds benefit the library. Details: 360-778-7250,

Wednesday, May 25

“The Mountain Runners”

The movie, 6:30 p.m. at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., is the story of the mountain endurance/adventure foot race, first run in 1911, to the glacial summit of Mount Baker and back that was the forerunner of the Ski to Sea race. Told in a docudrama style, the film incorporates historic images, archival film, visual effects, music and recreated dramatizations. Details: 360-738-0735,

Friday, May 27

Ski to Sea Block Party

Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden, 1107 Railroad Ave., 5-11 p.m. Boundary Bay will be selling food and beverages, all ages welcome. The Atlantics and Jasmine Greene will be performing throughout the evening. Details:, 360-647-5593.

Saturday, May 28

Blossomtime Parade

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual grand parade, which starts at noon on Cornwall Avenue and Alabama Street, to East Champion, ending at North State and York streets, with area marching bands, floats, fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles, dance troupes, clowns, the Bellingham SeaHawkers, community walking groups and horses. This year’s parade theme is “Making Memories” and the grand marshal is David “Mac” McMaster. Details:

Cyclocross Pre-ride

This is the only day for people to practice the entire cyclocross course (sections are on private property with no trespassing except for this practice time and race day). Noon to 4 p.m. only. The course will be marked, but all riders must obey all rules of the road (including stop signs and signals) as there won’t be flaggers or police officers at intersections. Details:

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 held the Sunday before Memorial Day. Start time is 7:30 a.m. at Mt. Baker Ski Area. Top teams arrive at finish line 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 for sale. Details:

The Historic Fairhaven Festival

The family-friendly festival is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. between 10th and 11th streets, 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 the district streets and Village Green. Variety of food booths on site. From Fairhaven, walk to Marine Park to watch Ski to Sea kayakers come in from Bellingham Bay and see the ringing of the finish line bell. Race information, race photos and more exhibitors will be at the park. Free admission. Parking is difficult so take the bus.

Main stage at 11th Street and McKenzie Avenue

No cover for beer garden, open noon to 7 p.m.

▪ 11:30 a.m.: Flag-raising and national anthem

▪ Noon: Tom Sandbloom

▪ 2:15 p.m.: SpaceBand

▪ 4:30 p.m.: Blind Fate

Green Stage at the Village Green, 10th Street and Mill Avenue

▪ Noon: Silk Road dancers. Other acts throughout the day.

Details:, Historic Fairhaven Festivals on Facebook,

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’s 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 bus 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. All valid WTA bus passes will be accepted.

For information on reaching other Ski to Sea festivities using regular bus service, call 360-676-RIDE (7433) or visit

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