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SAVE THE DATE: JANUARY 23 - 25, 2025 

Three nights.  Three wood-burning fires.  More than 30 unique stories.  Presenting a variety of performances and curated storytelling experiences.  FREE and ALL AGES.


Join Paper Whale around a collection of artistically designed sculptural fire pits dispersed across Bellingham's Waterfront. These fires illuminate a stage for poets, authors, performance artists, Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribal members, cirque, fire dancing, comedy, live blacksmithing, glass sculpting, puppets, acoustic musicians and so much more! A gathering of light and warmth during the darkest days of the year.

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As residents of the Pacific Northwest, we are equipped to embrace the elements of the outdoors - this is what we do.  This is an opportunity to express yourself in layers, rain gear, muck boots and the umbrella you never use.  Visitors attending can expect a free family event with a variety of folk, light, lore and more. Please join us for a unique first-year illuminated gathering experience.


Paper Whale presents Fire & Story as an event dedicated to scaling art that enhances our community by promoting visual diversity, and aesthetic integrity. 

Fire & Story is made possible by these locals

FS Sponsors
Port of Bellingham
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Lautenbach Recycling
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