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A collection of large, unique, and artistically designed sculptural fire pits provides a stage for local storytellers, dancers, poets, artists, and folk musicians. Dispersed across the Bellingham Waterfront as lighthouses, attendees will walk between each illuminated story and engage in the rhythm of this event during the darkest days of the Pacific Northwest.

Three nights.  Three simultaneous fires.  More than 27 unique stories in total.  Each evening offers a disparate collective of performances and curated storytelling experiences.  FREE and ALL AGES.

JANUARY 18, 19, 20, 2024   |  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Paper Whale presents a gathering of Coast Salish people, poets, performance artists, cirque, fire dancing, comedy, puppets, acoustic musicians and so much more!  Visitors attending can expect a free family event with a variety of folk, light, lore and more.

As residents of the Pacific Northwest, we are equipped to embrace the elements of the outdoors - this is what we do.  Paper Whale invites families and friends of all ages to join us for a unique first-year illuminated festival experience.


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

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Fire & Story is made possible by these locals

Port of Bellingham
Lautenbach Recycling
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