The City of Ferndale and your Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB) is proud to sponsor “Summer of Fun”, a series of recreational activities at Ferndale Parks.

In January, PRTAB conducted a survey to identify what events the people of Ferndale would like to see in their parks. Using that feedback, the City and PRTAB organized the following events. All events are free to enjoy and open to the public.

As more details are hammered out (i.e. confirming the band, events receiving sponsors, etc), they will appear here.

If you have questions about any of these events, please contact Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or send him an email here.

You can click here to download the flyer, or scroll down for more details.


April 6th and 7th – Glow in the Dark Croquet, starting at Dusk. Join your friends and neighbors for a casual game of Glow in the Dark Croquet at Griffintown Park. All ability levels welcome.. Games begin at Dusk, bring your own flashlight.


May 10th – Birdwatching on the Nooksack. Strap on your walking shoes and discover some of the incredible birds and plants along the Nooksack River. The walking tour will be provided by the North Cascades Audubon Society, and will begin at the Centennial Riverwalk Park. The walk will cover under a mile, although participants are welcome to go as far as they feel comfortable. Bring your own binoculars.


June 2nd – Star Park Anniversary. Calling all Star Park volunteers, donors and enthusiasts to join us for a one year anniversary in honor of the largest volunteer event in the history of Ferndale! Join us at Star Park for live music, food trucks (bring your own cash), and prizes. Share your favorite Star Park stories and enjoy the park in all its wonder.


July 2017 – The Great Ferndale Treasure Hunt. Thanks to a generous grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation, the City is hosting a city-wide scavenger hunt during the month of July. Participants will be encouraged to connect with their neighbors, explore our parks and discover new and wonderful things about Ferndale. Teams can sign up in June, with the first clue being released July 1st. Clues will be distributed by social media and posted at City Hall. Follow the fun with #FerndaleTreasure.

Participants can receive points for finding the hidden treasure in Ferndale Parks. Participants can also score points for completing tasks that connect them with their community such as talking to a veteran, meeting a neighbor or discovering a part of Ferndale’s history.

Each week, new clues and challenges will be announced, with the goal of completing as many as possible before the end of the month. Prizes and awards will be announced at the Old Settlers Picnic at the end of July.

Promotional assistance provided by our media sponsor, KAFE 104.1.


July 14th – Flicks in the Park. Grab your blankets and come on down to Pioneer Park for an outdoor movie. This event is actually sponsored by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce but so many people requested a movie in the park, we had to include it on our list. Movie to be determined.


July 22nd – Field Games. Sack races! Tug-o-war! Egg toss! Water balloon fights! The City is hosting an afternoon of Field Games for all ages at VanderYacht Park, so bring clothes you can get dirty and join us for some old fashioned fun. Food, drink and rope provided by our sponsor, Samson Rope.


August 12th – Music in the Park. Are you ready to kick up your heels and dance? Come enjoy a free concert from Kuinka in Pioneer Park August 12th at 6pm. This event, Music in the Park, is part of the City of Ferndale’s “Summer of Fun”, a series of recreational activities in Ferndale’s parks.


Kuinka brings a fresh take to “Americana”, crackling with original, foot-stomping tunes and lively melodic harmonies. Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, along with Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker, came together in 2014 to form a unique breed of string band. Their 2014 debut The Wild North, which propelled the band out of the woods and on to stages across the country, was followed by their 2016 breakout LP The Heartland.

After some critical success, they released their latest album, Stay Up Late under the name Kuinka, which is Finnish for “how”. Discover their inventive, joyous blend of classic bluegrass and modern songwriting at Pioneer Park.

Gates open at 6pm, music begins at 6:30pm. Support provided by our sponsor, Starvin’ Sam’s.


August 23rd – Storytellers in the Park. Gather round and hear some delightful, enchanting or just plain hilarious stories presented by professional storytellers. Young children welcome and encouraged to attend.


September 1st – Last Bite of Summer. Join us one more time at Star Park for food trucks, music and one more evening in the sun before summer slips away.