Whatcom County Event Marketing Opportunities

6e3008fa8f1519fd2dae12225f925d17One solid way to bring attention to your small, local business is to become involved with events – as a sponsor, vendor or participant. There are many options to choose from, including small town parades, street festivals, business tradeshows and educational conferences.

Note: read this article to learn how to market your business at events and tradeshows.

Below are some events around Whatcom County to research. We’ll continue to update this list as more events arise. Feel free to email us if you know of one that is missing from the list.

January Bridal Inspirations Expo: A great event for anyone in the food, photography, decor or event planning industries.

February Recreation Northwest Expo: Features local and regional recreation, health and stewardship resources and retailers. 

February/March Whatcom County Home and Garden Show: Offers seminars on a wide variety of homemaking and gardening activities, from architecture to raising chickens. Wide range of exhibitors. 

March Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade: A fun way to get exposure for your business.

March Elder Service Providers Caregivers Conference: Perfect for businesses in the elder care field.

March Spring Business Showcase: A business to consumer tradeshow organized by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce. Brings in 1,000s of consumers each year.

April Dirty Dan Festival: Information for vendors interested in being part of the annual Festival.

May Ski to Sea: This annual Memorial Day event brings in 1,000s of participants and event-goers. It is one of Bellingham’s largest events and there are many sponsor, vendor and advertising opportunities.

June Deming Log Show: Vendors help to make the Deming Logging Show a full range community event. Many local vendors are at the log show each year showing their products and showing their wares.

June Simply Organized Bride Whatcom Wedding Tour:  Brides, grooms and wedding planners visit wedding venues throughout Whatcom County to get an idea of what’s available.

June Cross Border Expo: A networking across borders event for British Columbia and Whatcom & Skagit Counties. Features a tradeshow, business and real estate seminars, entertainment, tourism “specials”, real estate Senior Day in the Park 2014tours, and business networking and resource meetings.

June Lynden Farmers Day Parade: This event is over 100 years old and is a tribute to farmers of the Pacific Northwest. A great family event put on by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce.

July Birch Bay Music Festival: Vendors have always been an integral part of The Birch Bay Music Festival.  They appreciate your hard work and dedication to your craft.

July Blaine’s Old Fashioned 4th Festival: Day-long event that brings in 1,000s of people. Many vendor opportunities for the street fair.

July Fourth of July at Zuanich: Organized by Haggen, Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Bellingham. A day-long event with food vendors, music, play areas for the kids and more. Various sponsorship levels are available.

July Old Settlers’ Picnic: Annual event at Pioneer Park in Lynden. Great family event with plenty of vendor and sponsorship opportunities.

July Raspberry Festival in Lynden: Businesses have the opportunity to sponsor the event on various levels.

August Ferndale Street Festival: Includes music and vendors. Great opportunity for local businesses of all types to showcase their specialties.

Largest team, best costumesAugust Northwest Washington Fair: One of the largest events in the region with over a thousand attendees each year.

September Hovander Bluegrass Festival: If you are a craft or food vendor, the Festival would love to discuss the possibility of having you included.

October Alzheimer Society of Washington’s fall conference and Miles for Memories: Showcase your business by forming a company team to participate in the 5k.

October Lynden Craft Show: All exhibitors for the Lynden Craft and Antique Show are juried before acceptance in a show. There are over 100 vendors who fill the Northwest Washington Fair Expo Building

October Northwest Business Expo and Conference: A business-to-business oriented event. Includes seminars, presentations and more. 

October SeaFeast: An annual setting of endless fun and the food fare of the surrounding bay and straits. Food vendors or sponsorship options available.

December Port of Bellingham (Holiday Port Festival): Event sponsorship opportunities are available. Reach up to 5,500 people with a Holiday Port sponsorship, a great way to get in touch with local consumers and give your company valuable public exposure.







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