Annual Events
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MAY 2014
13th Annual Semiahmoo Bay International Sailing Regatta -
A 2-day annual yacht race featuring the best of the US Pacific NW fleets and the best in Western Canada. This race takes place on the border between White Rock, British Columbia and Blaine, Washington. Also features mini sailboat races (sponsored by West Marine and the Blaine Sailing Program) and a Sunday BBQ at the Blaine Harbor Marina.

For more information visit www.semiahmooyachtclub.com

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Springfest Art Studio TourMAY 2014
Springfest Art Studio Tour of Blaine-
Mother's Day Weekend 2014
- 10AM to 5PM - Plan to join us for this 2 day self-guided tour through scenic Blaine Washington and the surrounding country side. Visit the private studios of some of the area’s premier local artists. This thriving community of artists, many of regional and national acclaim, is sure to spark your interest in the visual arts, the creative process and the unique studio environment of the working artist. Sponsored by Blaine Harbor Art Gallery. Brochures are available at the Blaine Chamber of Commerce or at www.blaineartists.com


Art in the Park Blaine WAPeace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition -
May 2014 through October 2014
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The international fine arts program features outdoor sculptures in Peace Arch State Park's magnificent gardens with some sculptures placed in downtown Blaine. The exhibit features sculptors from the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and is held annually.
For more information on the Peace Arch Park and Sculpture Exhibit, please visit: www.peacearchpark.org. Location Map.

 

Blessing of the Fleet - May 2014 - The annual Blessing of the Fleet is held the 1st Sunday in May at the Blaine Boating Center in Blaine Harbor. This annual event brings commercial fishers and their families and friends to both welcome and bless those boats which will be fishing through the coming months, and remembering and honoring those local commercial fishers who were lost at sea over the last 100 years, as well as remembering local fishers who have died since last year’s Blessing of the Fleet.
Location Map.

Plover Ferry
Historic Plover Passenger Ferry Rides
Memorial Day Weekend through
Labor Day Weekend 2014

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday


The oldest passenger foot ferry in Washington State, the MV Plover was used to shuttle cannery workers to the Alaskan Salmon Cannery on Semiahmoo Spit, now home to Semiahmoo Resort & Spa. MV Plover now provides passenger foot-ferry services during the summer season, shuttling up to 17 passengers along with bicycles & strollers to summer activities happening on both sides of Drayton Harbor. The Plover is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Complete details on the Historic Plover with sailing times, routes, history and fares can be found at: www.draytonharbormaritime.org

 

Alaska Packers Cannery Museum -
May 2014 through Labor Day Weekend 2014
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9261 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine
( Semiahmoo Spit on Semiahmoo Parkway)
Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday (including July 4th) from 1PM to 5PM.

Admission is free, donations welcome.
The cannery served as a center for salmon processing for nearly 80 years. Housed in an original cannery building, the museum exhibits tell the story of days gone by and include a scale model fish trap, antique machinery, a gallery of historic photos, and an original 28 foot Bristol Bay fishing boat. Take the time to view "Sockeye and the Age of Sail" with early day film footage of the APA Star Fleet of tall ships under sail, connecting Blaine, Bristol Bay, and San Francisco in the fortunes of fishing. Allow 1 hour and 45 minutes to view the exhibits and DVD. Bring a picnic and explore the beaches of Semiahmoo Park as well as scenic walking and biking tails along this unique 1.25 mile natural spit.

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JUNE 2014

International Arts Festival at Peace Arch State ParkInternational Art Festival at Peace Arch State Park
June 2014


The “International Arts Festival at Peace Arch Park” is a juried festival that will be held on the U.S. side of Peace Arch Park, in Blaine. The park showcases the area’s natural beauty and highlights the unique relationship between the two countries. All of this is complemented by the talented artists that reside in the area. The festival will be filled with the diversity and rich culture provided by artists from both sides of the boarder. The “International Art Festival at Peace Arch Park” will bring together the regions finest for two days of fabulous works of visual arts, textiles, sculpture, music, dance, gourmet food and more.

 

Blaine Gardener's Market
Saturdays, June 2014 through October 2014
10 AM to 2 PM

Located on H Street Plaza in downtown Blaine, the market offers a variety of handmade and home grown items. From baked goods to farm products to art & crafts. Something new is added every week. This is the only market in the region that is free to vendors. What a great way to support the community and KEEP IT LOCAL. For more information, call (360) 332-6484.

 

JULY 2014

 


Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration - Come spend the day celebrating the 4th of July in Blaine. Thousands of people come to celebrate the 4th with day-long activities that include a pancake breakfast, a parade at Noon, an art & crafts street fair with over 80+ vendors, a show & shine, live entertainment, and plenty of good food. Get your spot in Blaine Marine Park for a community picnic and jazz concerts. Ride the historic Plover Ferry from Blaine to Semiahmoo Resort where you can make an afternoon and evening of it watching the fireworks over Semiahmoo Bay!

For lodging accommodation, click here.

July 4, 2014
Sorry, July 4th booth spaces are completely filled.
However, we are accepting applications for next year (2015).

July 4, 2014

Parade Route Map (PDF)

 

 

 

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Old Fashioned 4th of July
SHOW-N-SHINE
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344 H Street, Blaine, WA 98230
Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles.
Download PDF of Map.
Entry Fee: $10

New 2014 - Expanded Show-N-Shine Show
In order to create more space, the parking area for participants has changed to include 4th Street , Harrison Avenue and Martin Street . Call the Chamber office for details. 360-332-6484. Download Car Show Map.

All Classes: Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles
Dash Plaques, Goodie Bags, Raffles
Contact: 1-800-624-3555 vic@cityofblaine.com

On-site registration for the Show-N-Shine begins 8:00 am ~ Awards announced 3:00 pm
Registration Fee $10 – No Refunds
Vehicles must be registered to park in Show-N-Shine area

 

Avoid long registration line ups on the 4th!
Pre register for the Show-N-Shine by phone with VISA or MC at 1-800-624-3555 no later than June 28, 2013 and provide the info below:
NAME – MAILING ADDRESS – EMAIL – VEHICLE MAKE, MODEL , YEAR – CATEGORY
(For categories, please see list below)
Categories:  
CLASS A VINTAGE STOCK PRE 1950
CLASS B STOCK 1950 – 1959
CLASS C – STOCK 1960-1969
CLASS D – STOCK 1970-1979
CLASS E - CUSTOM 1920 -1959
CLASS F - CUSTOM 1960-1969
CLASS G – CUSTOM 1970-1979
CLASS H – 1980 & NEWER
CLASS I - STREET ROD/HOT ROD
CLASS J - CONVERTIBLE
CLASS K – FOREIGN
CLASS L – STOCK TRUCK
CLASS M – MODIFIED TRUCK
CLASS N - MOTORCYCLE

Please Note: Pre registration does NOT reserve your space – designated parking spaces are on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early!

Directions heading north: Exit 275, left on H Street. Directions coming south: use Truck Crossing, right on H Street.

All proceeds benefit Blaine Chamber of Commerce July 4th Fireworks Show

Enjoy all day July 4th events: pancake breakfast, parade, street fair, music, food, kid’s rides.

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Drayton Harbor Music Festival - July 6-12, 2014
Formly known as Blaine Jazz Festival -

Six exciting days of rehearsals, combos, improv, composition, and other great classes for teens with an internationally recognized faculty culminating in a jazz concert featuring student big bands, combos and vocal groups PLUS multiple performances by visiting jazz artists. Sponsored by the Pacific Arts Association, an all volunteer organization, that produces annual series of concerts by professional artists throughout the year in Blaine at the Blaine School Performing Arts Center. For more information on the Blaine Jazz Festival visit www.blainejazz.org.

 

 

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8th Annual Art-2-Jazz Street Fair - July 12, 2014
Peace Portal Drive
- An Art & Crafts Fair that is held in conjunction with the Blaine Jazz Festival. This event features the work of local artists and artisans with free jazz concerts all afternoon. Vendor space is free. For more information, call the Blaine Visitor Information Center at (360) 332-6484.


 

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AUGUST 2014


August 2014
The Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain
Visits Blaine Harbor
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Just off I-5 Exit 276    MAP-IT
Come aboard the Lady Washington and/or Hawaiian Chieftain for a self-guided tour of each ship. Crew will be on hand in period costume to answer questions and tell stories.

Family Adventure Sail at 11 AM
Battle Sail at 2 PM
Dockside Tours 10 AM to 1 PM


To purchase tickets call 800-200-5239 or visit www.historicalseaport.org

Click on the poster to view a larger PDF version.

 

 

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August 2 - 3, 2014
Drayton Harbor Days Festival
Street Fair & Maritime Celebration

A weekend packed with fun for the entire family!
Location: Blaine Boating Center
235 Marine Drive
   MAP-IT
Blaine, WA
Just off I-5 Exit 276

10 AM to 5 PM


 

A two day weekend event packed with kids games, crafts, scavenger hunt, the "Prestigious George Raft Race", pirate costume judging contest, arts, crafts & food vendors, vintage steam boats and much more!



For more information contact the Blaine Visitor and information center at (360) 332-4544 or the Blaine Harbor Master's office at (360) 332-1042.

 

 

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August 2014
Annual Run to the Border

Location: Blaine
Marine Park
235 Marine Drive
   MAP-IT
Blaine, WA
Just off I-5 Exit 276

Starts: 8:30 a.m.
For complete details on this event, visit www.letsmoveblaine.org/rttb.html

Additional info and registration: www.active.com/running/blaine-wa/run-to-the-border-2012

 

Peace Arch Park International Concert Series -
August to September 2014
Every Sunday in August. Enjoy music and dance from around the world. All concerts begin @ 2PM.
Cost: Free


The Peace Arch Park International Concert Series is a Washington State Park Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program event. For more information on these concerts, please visit: http://www.peacearchpark.org/concerts.htm

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to attend its fourth series of afternoon cultural performances at Peace Arch State Park on selected dates in Blaine in August & September. The free outdoor concerts begin at 2 p.m.

Sundays and celebrate the diverse cultures of the Pacific Northwest. The artists' fees for these events are paid for by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to Northwest Heritage Resources, of Mountlake Terrace.

CONCERT SERIES CHEDULE: 2013 Concert Schedule TBA


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OCTOBER 2014
October 2014 - Bountiful Fall Harvest - 10 AM to 2 PM -
Celebrating the changing of seasons welcoming the Fall harvest and holidays. Activities include Scarecrow building and an artist studio tours. More on this event can be obtained from the Blaine Visitor Center.

 

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DECEMBER 2014
Annual Christmas Lighting - Enjoy a day of music, caroling, refreshments, Mr. & Mrs. Santa visit, free candy canes, hot cider & prize drawing. For more information on the event, please contact the Blaine Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544.

Holiday Harbor Lights & Christmas Tree Lighting
Come on downtown for a festive holiday celebration viewing Snowman, holiday decorations by local businesses and community groups as they participate in the "Winter Wonderland Holiday Display Contest". Prizes are handed out for the best decorations. Santa shows up for the kid's and boats in Blaine Harbor sail around the harbor with their holiday lights. Makes for a wonderful festive day. For more information on the event, please contact the Blaine Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544.

 

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FEBRUARY 2015
Bite of Blaine
Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway
Blaine, WA
Time: Doors Open 6:00 PM with No Host Bar
        Dinner: 6:30PM
Tickets: $25/pp
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
This annual event brings together local restaurants and area food confectioners from Blaine and Birch Bay serving up tasty samplings. Attended by hundreds of hungry people this event is sold out every year.
Get your tickets early, there will be no ticket sales at the door. Purchase tickets at:
Pacific Building Center, 2677 Bell Road, Blaine -
(360) 332-5335
Blaine Visitor Information Center , 728 Peace Portal Dr. -(360)-332-4544
You can purchase your tickets via credit card at the Blaine Visitor Information Center at (360) 332-4544.

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MARCH 2015
13th Annual Wings Over Water Pacific Northwest Birding Festival -
I-5 Exit 276 from 10AM to 4PM.

Great for avid enthusiasts and casual observers! Join the celebration at this annual event held in one of the Pacific Northwest's premier bird viewing areas. Originally known as the Washington Brandt Festival, this festival focuses on the thousands of Brant geese and other birds that visit the pristine shores of Blaine and Birch Bay on their annual migration. Events include viewing stations, seminars, exhibits, live raptor displays, walking field trips of Semiahmoo Spit, and Blaine’s Marine Park. For more information on this event, please visit:
www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com




OTHER RESOURCEFUL LINKS:
www.washingtonbrant.org
North Cascades Audubon Society
http://wa.audubon.org

 

 

Surrounding Communities Annual Events in Birch Bay

AUGUST 2014
August 2014
4th Annual Birch Bay
Music Festival
Location: Corner Alderson & Birch Bay Drive
Birch Bay, WA 98230
Time: Sat.,: 10 AM to 9 PM

Over 10 bands take to the stage, art and crafts vendors, silent auction to benefit Alternative Humane Society, Creature Comfort Cat Rescue and BCSPCA. The festival is located at the corner of Alderson Road and Birch Bay Drive in Birch Bay.

 

JUNE 2014
JUNE 21, 2014
Birch Bay Sand Castle Contest

Location: Birch Bay Waterfront
7900 Birch Bay Drive
                Map-It
Birch Bay, WA 98230
Time: TBA
Registration: TBA
Judging: TBA
Cost: No cost for participants
Get ready to dig in. It's amazing how with a little imagination the beach at Birch Bay transforms in to a series of sand castles and sand sculptures. Be creative and build sand sculptures from geometric freeform's, sea turtles to alligators, mermaids to mythical castles, or your favorite pet. For more information, call the chamber office at (360) 371-5004.
For more information on this event contact the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce.

 

JULY 2014
July 19-20, 2014
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4th Annual Birch Bay Discovery Days
Location: 7900 Birch Bay Drive
                Map-It
Birch Bay, WA 98230
Time: Sat.,: 10 AM to 7PM
        Sun.,: 10AM to 5PM
A weekend of family fun with a Grand Parade on Saturday, followed by the 30th Annual Discovery Days Arts & Crafts Festival.
For complete details, please visit
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce or call (360) 371-5004.

 

DECEMBER 2014
Ring of Fire & Hope - December 31st, 2014 - This annual event celebrates ringing in hope for the coming new year. This event draws hundreds of participants who gather along the shores of Birch Bay with lighted flares. Sponsored by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce
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JANUARY 2015
Birch Bay Polar Bear Swim - January 1st, 2015
Registration: 9:30 a,m,
Costume Judging: 10:30 a.m.
THE PLUNGE: Noon

The Annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge drew approximately 600 participants that took the plunge in to the bays icy waters. This event also draws about 1,500 on-shore onlookers/cheerleaders watching as hundreds of shivering brave souls plunge in to the icy waters of Birch Bay as a kind-of ritual celebrating the start to a new year. Sponsored by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce. Prizes are given for:
1. Best Individual Costume
2.
Best Group Costume

 

 
 

 

 

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