Annual Events

Events are big in our small town. There are always other happenings going on in Blaine, to see current events and updates like our Facebook page and check our home page.

 

January

JANUARY

bbPolarBear200Birch Bay Polar Bear Swim – January 1
Registration: 10:00 a.m.
Costume Judging: 11:30 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
3. Best Kid

February

FEBRUARY

Bite of Blaine
Semiahmoo Resort
Blaine, WA
Date: February 19th
Time: Doors Open 6:00 PM with No Host Bar Dinner: 6:30PM
Tickets: $30 per person. Reserved tables for 10 people available upon request.
Time: 6-9 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.

March

MARCH

16th Annual Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival, March 16-18.

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

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

April

April

16th Annual Semiahmoo Bay International Sailing Regatta

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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.iycbc.ca

May

MAY

artPark140Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition
May through October 
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

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Blessing of the Fleet – May – The annual Blessing of the Fleet is held the 1st Sunday in May at 1:00 p.m. 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.

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Plover7196_140Historic Plover Passenger Ferry Rides
Memorial Day Weekend through
Labor Day Weekend 
Every Friday-Saturday 12pm-8pm, Sunday 10am-5pm 

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.com

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May  through Labor Day Weekend
9261 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine www.draytonharbormaritime.com
(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.

 

June

JUNE

Ride To The Border: June 2: Motorcycle Run, beer garden, food, music, Tall Ship Tours and Sails

Ride To The Border- on June 2

MOTORCYCLES: Join motorcycle riders as they cruise through downtown Blaine.

LIVE MUSIC: Sit back and enjoy live music on the H Street Plaza overlooking the harbor at the beer garden from 11 am to 5 pm featuring performances by Mystery Music and The Replayzmentz.

GARDENERS MARKET: Across the street is opening day of the Gardeners Market with craft vendors and the ever popular International Slug Races beginning at 12:30 pm followed by games and prizes for kids.

TALL SHIPS: Down at the harbor, across from the Pirate Playground, the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are in town – talk a walk on board or book a sailing trip at 800-200-5239.  From 10 am to noon have some Hawaiian themed fun for the whole family at the Aloha Dance Party beside Gate 3 near the tall ships.. Info at 360-332-4544.


Saturday June 10: Hands Across The Border at Peace Arch Park

For more information please visit the Hands Across the Border Website


Blaine Gardener’s Market
Saturdays, June through October 
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.


June 29-30

New Old Time Chautauqua: workshops and Vaudeville Show

July

JULY

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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!

More Information on 4th Of July


Drayton Harbor Music Festival

July 8-14        

7 days, 12 concerts, 4 venues, + over 1,000 audience members!

The 17th annual Drayton Harbor Music Festival in scenic Blaine, WA features 7 days and 6 nights of performances from
the world-class, professional musicians who work with our music camp students.  Everyone is welcome: noon-hour and evening concerts are by donation, with the exception of the July 10th concert at Jansen Art Center, and our Thursday, July 12th event: ‘Jump and Jive’ in the Blaine Paviilon to the fully orchestrated sounds of our incredible Big Band Benefit!

Check out the talent: www.draytonharbormusic.org

 Presented by the Pacific Arts Association of Blaine, WA, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in the community by offering concerts, events and a music festival and camp designed to educate, entertain and inspire participants and audiences.  


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Jazz-by-the-Sea Craft Fair – July 14: 11am-4:30 pm   Peace Portal Drive

An Art & Crafts Fair that is held in conjunction with the Drayton Harbor Music 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.


LaumanSandcastle2004-125Birch Bay Sand Castle Contest
July 14-15
Location: Birch Bay Waterfront
7900 Birch Bay Drive
Birch Bay, WA 98230

More Information
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.

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Free admission   Free parking
Other activities: Marine Park  Playground 
                               Public Fishing Dock
                               Hiking Trails
                               Ferry Rides

August

AUGUST

Annual 5K Run to the Border
August 4, 2018

The 18th annual Run to the Border race will be held down at that Blaine Harbor Marina Park during Drayton Harbor Days. The 1-mile Kids Marina Fun Run and Walk (ages 10 and under) starts at 8:30 am, followed by the 5K Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. 
 
All proceeds benefit the Let’s Move Blaine! Community initiative supporting the reduction of childhood obesity and promotes healthy lifestyles. A 100% of this year’s race contributions will benefit the new Blaine Elementary School Playground.
 
Race Location and Course Description
The 1-mile Kids Marina Fun Run and Walk course will start at 8:30 am in front of the “Salmon Wall” of Marine Park, and involves a 3-lap course within Marine Park on a gravel trail. The 5K Fun Run course will start at 9:00 am at the same location
(236 Marine Park Drive) going down Marine Dr. to the Pier, back through Marine Park, on to D St. up 2nd , into Peace Arch Park, through the Peace Arch before looping back to the Marine Park finish line. To Pre-Register, Please Click Here for a downloadable race entry form.
 
T-Shirts
Pre-registration by July 26, 2018, ($20 per adult, $15 ages 7-12, $12 ages 6 and under) includes an official Run to the Border 1.5 mile Kids Fun Run & 5K Run T-Shirt. Shirts are short-sleeved, 100% heavyweight cotton. Additional shirts will not be available on the day of the Race; however, there will be Day-of- Race Registration available ($16 adult, $10 ages 7-12, and $6 ages 6 and under).
 
Volunteer Opportunities!
 
Call Dan at 201-1664 or e-mail: dcpersse@gmail.com

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August 4-5

The Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are visiting Blaine Marina. 

Sails book up very quickly so be sure to secure your space below.

Tickets on Sale Now at: www.historicalseaport.org  or by calling (800) 200-5239

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August 4-5 10am-5pm
Drayton Harbor Maritime Festival and Tall Ships
Street Fair & Maritime Celebration
A weekend packed with fun for the entire family!  

Full Schedule and More Information on Drayton Harbor Days
Blaine Boating Center
235 Marine Drive
Blaine, WA
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!  
Interested in being a Vendor at this event? Click Here!


Peace Arch Park International Concert Series
Every Sunday in August: August 5-26. 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: 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.


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August 17: Blaine Skate Park


Summer Fun In The Park

Aug 25 4:00-9:00pm: Family fun in Marine Park – kids activities, beer garden , food, music and a Movie

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December

DECEMBER

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting First Saturday in December 

December 1

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.. 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. 

More Information on Holiday Harbor Lights

Ring of Fire & Hope – December 31st– 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.