Friends and Family Track

By popular demand, this year CascadiaFest is introducing a Friends and Family Track for the very first time. Please bear with us as we work to make CascadiaFest fun for the whole family, and feel free to give us feedback; that way, anything we miss this year can hopefully be added next time!

As part of the CascadiaFest group, you will already have access to Semiahmoo’s pool, health center, tennis courts, basketball courts, ping pong tables, beach toys, volleyball courts, croquet, horseshoes, bocce ball, and numerous other activities on the property, free of charge.

There’s also an on-site Championship Golf course and a full-service Spa; prices and promotions for these are available at Semiahmoo’s website.

But in addition to the amazing amenities available on site, you may want to meet some new people, make some new friends, and get out and explore! To help with that, we are organizing the following activities. Sign up for one or all - we’ve tried to make at least one family friendly event each day. But please note, for the following items, you will need a Family and Friends ticket in order to participate.

Friends and Family Meal Ticket

In addition to the activities listed below, friends and family may want to join the CascadiaFest attendees for meals. If that’s you, be sure to purchase a Meal Ticket. The Meal Ticket will provide breakfast/lunch/dinner and (for adults) access to the evening event during each of the 3 days of the conference.

Wednesday, July 8th - Walk Your Way Through Bellingham

When you talk with folks about Bellingham, “Fairhaven” is described as the “not-to-miss” neighborhood of this beloved town. After a professionally led, costume clad walking tour to orient ourselves, we’ll grab lunch at one of the best known pizza places, before having some free time to shop or explore on your own. Then we’ll meet at the trailhead of the South Bay Trail and leisurely stroll the beautiful waterfront from Fairhaven to Downtown, rewarding ourselves with happy hour at the famous Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro before boarding the bus to head back to Semiahmoo.

Wednesday, July 8th - Teaching Kids to Code

We're teaching kids to code at CascadiaFest!

If you're bringing a child, attend a session with them to play with some fun online coding tutorials from Code.org. The tutorials range from simple story tutorials for early readers to building an AI chatbot with Python for teens. Bring your child, a laptop, and a sense of adventure.

You MUST accompany your child. Please simply RSVP for yourself and indicate the number of children you're bringing and their ages.

Thursday, July 9th - Whale Watching

During July, grey whales and Orcas are prolific in the waters off the Washington Coast, as the follow the salmon runs in the area. Join us on a search for them, departing right from Semiahmoo! Besides hopefully spotting both types of whale during our afternoon at sea, we also might spy Tufted Puffins, Peregrine Falcons, and Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, Porpoises, Sea Lions, and Minke whales.

Friday, July 10th - Winery & Spirits Tour

The northwest corner of Washington falls in the Puget Sound viticultural area, the only AVA west of the Cascade Mountains. This afternoon, we’ll be tasting both wine made from grapes grown in the Puget Sound Viticultural Area, as well as wines that are made locally, but with grapes grown from viticultural areas on the other side of the mountains. And, for a real special treat, we’ll also stop by a distillery that uses apples from its local orchards to produce the most amazing vodkas and gins. Be sure to try their raspberry vodka with lemonade - it’s superb!

Childcare

If you are bringing children and would like to arrange for childcare, Semiahmoo works with Big Time Kid Care (bigtimekidcare.com) to set up alternative activities for kids. Please stay tuned for more details, including how to register.