Current Events

These are challenging days for us.

Fairhaven Misses You!

With the Covid 19 virus comes the temporary closing of restaurants, bars, clubs and exercise studios; the cancelation of gatherings of large groups; and the shut down (or postponement) of events.

We are working to keep our village as engaged as possible.

Please check HERE to learn more about our businesses.


To find out more about upcoming events and happenings in Fairhaven, visit our facebook page!



More information on Fairhaven events.

Veterans Flagpole in Fairhaven


Looking up 12th Street. Click photo for larger view.

Old Glory has flown proudly from the 100 foot flagpole in Fairhaven since 1987. That year, a group of American military service veterans raised funds from the Fairhaven community and put up the pole.  It was inspired by Dirty Dan Harris raising his 100 foot flagpole in March 1885. Today, the Historic Fairhaven Association is entrusted with keeping the flag flying and has a committee of veterans and non-veterans who tend to the duties.

We currently, 2020, have four good flags, each sized and sewn for a particular season of the year.  Big and light for summer and small and tough for winter.  As each is taken down we have it inspected by a professional seamstress and hemmed as needed.  The Fairhaven Assoc budgets for this from our general fund, but we accept and appreciate donations to this fund.  You can do this online with your credit card by clicking here .   Thank you.

More information below.


The Historic Festivals of Fairhaven

Cancelled for 2020

Event info here

Vendor Info here


Cancelled for 2020

Event info here

Vendor Info Here


The Festival Committee

The Historic Fairhaven Association puts on two major events each year through its Festival Committee: Dirty Dan Festival near the end of April and The Historic Fairhaven Festival on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend (in conjunction with the Ski to Sea Race, which ends in Fairhaven).

If you are a vendor for food, crafts or street fairs, then you may want to be involved in one or more of these events. Check the Vendor Info pages to learn more.

The HFA Festival Committee has been chaired and led for over a dozen years by Anna Williams. She has built the Historic Fairhaven Festival into one of the premier NW events, with over 30,000 people attending. Several years ago, the committee took on the Dirty Dan Harris Festival and continues the fine work of the early managers.

Here is committee information.  Feel free to contact any one of the below for more information. Email sent to will reach the committee.

  • Chairs – Anna Williams and Hilary Friedrich
  • Co-Chair – Ria VanWeerdhuizen
Historic Fairhaven Association

The Association is a non-profit corporation, whose purpose is to:
“… promote Fairhaven as a community while preserving the historical character…”

Key Info:


Contact Info

Historic Fairhaven Association
1106 Harris Ave, #313
Bellingham, WA 98225

President, Ria Van Weerdhuizen–
Vice President, Jody Finnegan–
Treasurer, Hilary Friedrich–
Secretary, Connie Shannon–

Executive Director, Scott Ward –

Event Request Form

Are you interested in the Historic Fairhaven Association promoting your next event? We have a quick and easy way to request our assistance. If you are organizing an event that is self-supporting, fill out this form below and we will contact you. We will consider any event that can be promoted under the Historic Fairhaven Association’s non-profit status. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the form below!



By-Laws of the Historic Fairhaven Association

Revised and approved at the Annual General Membership meeting, March 14, 2013

You can also download and print a PDF file of the By-Laws.

The Historic Fairhaven Association is chartered as a Washington State 501(c)6 non-profit corporation as The Old Fairhaven Association. As of 2013, it is legally registered to do business as the Historic Fairhaven Association.


HFA Membership List with Discounts

HFA Members  (updated 11/15/18)

Fairhaven Merchant Discount Card Program: Your PINK Fairhaven Employee Discount Card is good at many Fairhaven businesses, and is a benefit of working in Fairhaven! Support your neighbors at a discount without leaving our shopping district!

  • Be prepared to show your card at the time of purchase.
  • Expired cards are no longer valid.
  • Be sure to thank the stores who have been kind enough to offer this discount.
  • There may be restrictions on purchases of sale merchandise or other items. Restaurants do not include alcohol discounts.
  • To participate in the Fairhaven Merchant Discount Card program, businesses must be a current member of the Historic Fairhaven Association.



Merchant Meetings

Monthly Merchant meetings are open to participation by all members. Non-members are welcome. Discussion items include marketing, events, news, publicity, introductions of new business owners, and often a presentation on a relevant Fairhaven issue. Meetings are held at Village Books in the downstairs author reading area, and start at 9 am sharp, ending just before 10 am so merchants may get their businesses open. Enter through the Colophon Cafe door off the Village Green.



To join the Historic Fairhaven Association, or renew your membership please visit:

Membership Benefits

The Historic Fairhaven Association (HFA) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1972 to promote the Fairhaven area while preserving its historic character. The Historic Fairhaven Association board of directors and members work together year round to promote the success of the district.

It’s About Community:  A group of business owners, non-profit organizations, and individuals who provide time, funds, and intellect to support the preservation and business success of the Fairhaven district.

It’s About Value: 

Value for your BUSINESS
Value for our COMMUNITY
Value for our VISITORS

Membership dues are leveraged to reach and draw thousands to Fairhaven through fundraising events promoting the success of this district through advertising, press relations, brochures, district beautification, website presence, holiday decorations, and events. We look forward to your participation and the value you bring to our community in  support of these efforts.


Board of Directors

The Board meets monthly and conducts the business of the Association. Election of the Directors by all Association members takes place each November. Directors are elected for two year terms with a portion being elected each year. For 2019 and 2020, there are 12 Directors. The last election was held in November 2018. If you are interested in running for the board in November 2019 for a term of 2020 through 2021, contact the Election Committee, Eric Smith at:


TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Fairhaven won a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Check it out.


Welcome Canadians

Being so close to the Canadian border, much of our tourist population comes from our neighbors from the north! We would like to provide you with an easy-to-download sign for the window of your business, ensuring your Canadian customers feel welcome in the community.