Cherry Blossom Festival Requests Quilters

Greetings All Quilters!

You are invited to submit one or more quilts for display during the Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 on Saturday, March 28th. The quilts will be displayed in Pioneer Pavilion Community Center for a stunning visual of your unique art works.

Choose to participate in this community event that provides experiential opportunities to collectively learn about, honor and celebrate Japanese culture. For a Submission Form call 360 384-0050.

  • It is preferred that quilts be made of Japanese fabrics. Traditional and Contemporary styles are welcome.
  • Quilts should be sized Double Bed and smaller.
  • Sleeves are preferred.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Quilts will be judged by festival attendees.
  • First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Prizes will be awarded.
  • Submission Forms and quilts must be dropped off at the Ferndale Public Library on THURSDAY, MARCH 5th, 6-7:30 p.m. or SATURDAY, MARCH 7th, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Prioritization will be given to sequenced submissions due to a large but finite space for display purposes.

Questions? Concerns? Call 360 384-0050.

City of Frightdale Halloween Contest 2019

It’s time for our annual City of Frightdale Halloween Decorating Contest!

Deck out your home for Halloween and send a picture to by October 30th. Our judges will pick three winners to receive Woods Coffee cards.

  • Suzanne Nevan executive director of the Ferndale Food Bank
  • Jamie Plenkovich coach of the FHS Golden Eagles
  • Former Ferndale and current Lynden Police Chief Michael Knapp
  • Hanna Willis director of Ferndale Dance
  • Susan Cole chair of the Planning Commission

We look forward to seeing your spooky decorations!

Ferndale Adds Multiple New Murals to Downtown

The Ferndale Arts Commission‘s Downtown Mural Project has added several new murals. Visitors to downtown Ferndale will find art in three alleyways off of Main Street, and on buildings on Second and Third Avenue.

These murals were designed by local artists and installed by the artists themselves or through a volunteer effort coordinated by the Arts Commission. They were funded with a combination of a Project Neighborly grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation, city funds and private donations from the property owners.

“Adding art is an essential part of making Ferndale’s downtown the incredible, vibrant place we all want it to be,” said Councilmember Rebecca Xczar, who organized the project on behalf of the Arts Commission. They are planning to install at least one more commissioned mural this summer.

An ideal time to visit the murals is during this year’s Ferndale Street Festival occurring Friday Aug. 23rd and Saturday Aug. 24th on Main Street in Ferndale. The festival includes live music, food vendors, kids activities and entertainment.

Arts Commission Mural Project (Aug 17th-18th) Seeks Volunteers

The Ferndale Arts Commission seeks volunteers to help with their Downtown Mural Project on Aug. 17th and 18th.

Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift

Help install alley murals on the alley between Second and Third Avenue on the south side of Main Street, next to US Bank.  Check out the volunteer slots below, sign up and show up. The murals will be completed as swiftly as possible based on the number of volunteers so make sure to show up early in the shift so you don’t miss out. For any questions, please call Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353. 

Father Daughter Dance July 31st at Pioneer Park, 6pm-9pm

It’s time for the 6th annual Father/Daughter dance at Pioneer Park, from 6-9pm on Weds. July 31st. Take this as an opportunity to bond with your loved ones, enjoy some free ice cream and dance the night away. Hosted in Pioneer Park, with ice cream donated by Grocery Outlet. All families welcome for this free event.

Announcing the Winners of the Great Ferndale Alien Abduction

Hal Anchorman is back to share the winners of the Great Ferndale Alien Abduction. A big thank you to everyone who participated and all of our community partners (Ferndale Community Coalition, Ferndale Food Bank, Whatcom County Library System and the Ferndale Police Department). If did not turn in your scorecard by the deadline, don’t worry, you can still stop by City Hall through the end of the month, turn it in and pick up a prize.

Food Truck Friday and Music in the Park

Looking for something fun this weekend? Come on down to Star Park this Friday, July 5th at 5:30pm for Food Truck Friday. Cicchitti’s Pizza, Simmering Tava and Kona Ice of Bellingham will be joining us.

Then Saturday, July 6th the incredible 10-piece funk band Baby Cakes will take the Pioneer Park stage. Baby Cakes takes their audiences on a luxurious joyride through the golden age of American Soul, funk, and R&B.

Big Stick BBQ, Simmering Tava and Kona Ice of Bellingham will all be on site serving delicious food so come hungry. Doors open at 5:30pm, music starts at 6pm.

Ferndale Completes New Mural in Downtown

Artist Brenda Goddard-Laurence and her helper Ron Kino

Ferndale Completes New Mural in Downtown

The Ferndale Arts Commission’s Downtown Mural Project has a newly completed piece of art, titled “Spirit of Kulshan”. Visitors to downtown Ferndale will get to enjoy a sweeping landscape from Brenda Goddard-Laurence, of Brenda Goddard Designs, on the side of 5685 3rd Ave, adjacent to Luxe Thai.

While last summer’s Downtown Mural Project at the City Annex was painted with volunteers, this new mural is the first commissioned piece. This mural was funded in collaboration with the Ferndale Arts Commission and the building owners, Ted and Dale Schrader who are also the owners of the Subway at 5675 3rd Ave.

“Adding art is an essential part of making Ferndale’s downtown the incredible, vibrant place we all want it to be,” said Councilmember Rebecca Xczar, who organized the project on behalf of the Arts Commission. They are planning to install at least one more commissioned mural this summer.

The Arts Commission is also coordinating a volunteer alley mural project, funded by a Project Neighborly grant from Whatcom Community Foundation and are looking for volunteers. The installation will occur July 13th and 14th, those who want to help with the painting can sign up on the city website at

Finance Workshop June 17th, 5:30pm in the Council Chambers

Curious about the city finances? City Finance Director Sirke Salminen will be hosting a series of finance workshops before city council meetings. The next one is June 17th, at 5:30pm at the City Annex (5694 Second Avenue). These meetings will be open to the public and intended to help everyone better understand how your city manages public funds.

This upcoming workshop will focus on the city budgeting process and calendar.

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