Bellingham is home to a dense population of artists from all types of stylistic backgrounds. There is a thriving arts community in this town that is based on exposure and collaborative support from other artists, organizations, and audiences alike. Bellingham is active with stages for theater and music events.
Built-in 1927, Mount Baker Theatre was one of the last grand vaudeville movie palaces to be built in the Pacific Northwest. From silent films to live performing arts, MBT has preserved history while also serving the demands of a modern, continuously changing economy, technology, and society. The theater hosts professional productions and concerts as well as community performances. The Mount Baker Theatre is home to the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra. Check out their website for upcoming shows and to book your tickets.
Located in a renovated Historic 1927 Fire Station The Firehouse is available for classes, workshops, performances, and small events, the FireHouse A&E is home to many fine Artists. The FireHouse is a Classroom, Performance Space, Cafe, Community Meeting Space, Events Space, Theater, and Art Gallery. Check out their website for upcoming shows and to book your tickets.
The Sylvia Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, community-oriented performing arts center in Bellingham. They provide affordable space for Whatcom County’s artists to rehearse, teach, and perform, and a central hub for arts audiences to discover and enjoy locally-created music, theater, dance, and more. They have recently opened a 145-seat main stage venue, the Lucas Hicks Theater; a 50-seat studio theater/rehearsal space; our entry lobby, which doubles as an art gallery, box office, and bar; a second gallery/hang space; and new accessible restrooms. Check out their website for upcoming shows and to book your tickets.
Founded in 2006, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth is a nonprofit arts education organization that offers quality instruction in theater, choir, dance, music, and visual arts to youth ages 5-17. The mission of BAAY is to enrich children’s lives through the exploration of the arts. Through their programs, they create community and teach children confidence, character, and creativity. Check out their website for upcoming classes and performances.
The Bellingham Theatre Guild is a community theater located in Bellingham, Washington. Founded in 1929, the guild has been housed in its current location – the old Congregational Church converted for live theater use – since 1944. Check out their website for upcoming performances and ticket purchasing.
The Wild Buffalos’ famous in Bellingham for hosting and drawing in some of the best live music in town, it is well known for its blues jams and open mike nights too. The Buff ( what locals call it) hosts such a wide variety of musical genres for example jazz, blues, swing, rock & roll, R&B, salsa, funk, Celtic rock reggae, soul, folk-rock, world music, etc., with featured performers who range from up-and-coming to seasoned groups, and from local to national. They promote live music, support local musicians, and provide a safe, fun place for people to come and experience the art form at its best. Check out their website for upcoming performances and ticket purchasing.