It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time again for the annual Ski to Sea race here in Bellingham.
The Ski to Sea Festival consists of a 100 mile relay race of seven different sports, a parade, and other special events provide a wide variety of entertainment and adventure for all who participate.
A phrase you’ll hear often about Ski to Sea weekend is “It All Ends in Fairhaven” which is where the finish line to the race is as well as the street fair on Sunday. But, while it may all END in Fairhaven, we say that party STARTS at Boundary Bay Brewery!
We’ve got a long weekend packed full of events to keep you entertained and best of all, this year there will be a shuttle leaving from our front door and heading to Fairhaven and Zuanich Park on Ski to Sea day (Sunday, May 29th). And just $2 will get you unlimited rides all day long!
Thursday, May 26th:
Happy Hour BBQ in the beer garden, 4-6pm. All ages welcome. Burgers, Dogs, Salmon & Veggie Burgers, only $5 each. Onion rings and fries available too. BBQ continues till 8pm. Free live music starts at 6pm with your host, Robert Sarazin Blake.
Friday, May 27th:
Fish Fry Fryday. Fish and Chips in the garden, Boundary style. Beer battered Rockfish and crispy golden fries. Onion rings available too. Free live music featuring local musicians starts at 6pm. All ages till 9pm.
Later that night: DJ Idlhnds Presents: Hip Hop to Help. Live performances by My Dad Bruce, The Bad Tenants, Bloodshot. Plus DJ sets by DJ Einstein & DJ Idlhnds. 9pm, 21+, $5 in the beer garden. Beer! Hip-Hop! Raffle! Proceeds to benefit Amy’s Place. www.amysplaceforyouth.org Amy’s Place Drop-in Center began in December 2006 to address the gap in services being provided to the homeless, runaway and street youth population in Whatcom County. Amy’s Place quickly grew from serving only a few youth a night to now providing services for up to 48 youth Friday and Saturday evenings. Many of the youth served at Amy’s Place are the hardest to serve and really don’t fit into Whatcom County’s current shelter and support system network because of chemical dependency issues and mental illness. At Amy’s Place, the goal is to build relationships with these hard-to-reach youth so that they can choose for themselves to live in recovery, enter treatment and leave the streets.
Sat, May 28th:
Ski to Sea Block Party/Luau! 4-8pm. Wear your best Hawaiian Luau outfit and get ready to hula for a chance to win two tickets to Honolulu, HI, courtesy of Alaska Airlines! There’ll be live music, dancing, food, and fun! First 800 racers with their bibs to show up get an official Ski to Sea drinking glass!
Later than Night: Music by the The DT’s, Tom Price Desert Classic (Garage / Post punk / Rock band from Seattle), & Don’t. 9:30pm, 21+, Cover $6 ”Hard soul is a description of the DT’s sound: a head-on collision of dirty R&B and raw-soul influenced hard rock” (what’s up magazine) The Dts originated as a threesome at the tail-end of 2001. Guitarist Dave Crider (Mono Men, Watts, and head honcho of Estrus Records) and Diana Young-Blanchard (chanteuse, writer, and song stylist, Madame X) are long-time friends who conceived the idea of forming a band with heavy influences of 70’s-style-hard-rock, injected with a flavorful dose of soul sensibility, likened to that of greats like Otis, Al, and Ike & Tina to name a few. Shortly after the dynamic duo design, they latched onto powerhouse drummer Phil Carter and spent their first year blowing people’s minds with a full-on, Hard Soul sound rarely matched by any group twice their number. DON’T pulls their sound from punk, blues and surf, creating a dark and soulful blend of rock. DON’T features Dave Minick, Sam Henry, Dan Lowinger, and Jenny Don’t. Featuring two ex-Bellingham musician’s Dan Lowinger and Jenny Don’t, Portland’s DON’T mix a dark and brooding sound with surf rock for a combination that is winning over the Portland music scene and beyond. DON’T initially came together seven months ago
Sun, May 29th:
Flowmotion and special guest Cody Beebe and the Crooks. 9pm, 21+, $10 cover Flowmotion, one of Seattle’s most distinctly diverse rock bands. This is an act that fails to fall into an easily packaged genre, succeeds in defying stereotypes, and throws one hell of a party no matter what city, town or festival the five-piece band happens to land in. one Oregon paper declared their band “a high-energy, multi-genre rock and roll explosion.”
And don’t forget to try some of our special Ski to Sea ESB – a rare brew only available for about a month that was brewed to commemorate the Ski to Sea 100 years of racing.