Kulshan Trackside: A Place to Hang Out

Now that summer is getting into full swing, people are looking for outdoor spots to hang out with friends and grab food and drinks. This has led people to the popular Kulshan Trackside and the Waterfront Container Village, where they can hang out and play some cornhole or grab some food from the various food trailers.

The entrance of Bellingham Trackside
The entrance of Bellingham Trackside. Photograph by NIcholas Alwi

Kulshan Trackside, which operates from late spring to early fall, opened in the summer of 2021.

They are located in the waterfront district and share the space with the local pump track, a popular spot for mountain biking enthusiasts. Trackside offers a wide selection of beers and ciders brewed locally by Kulshan Brewing Company.

The Kulshan Brewing Company kiosk at the Trackside. Photograph by NIcholas Alwi

Trackside offers a place where everyone can come to. It is for all ages and allows dogs, which many locals enjoy. A large lawn allows for picnic blankets or games of throw frisbee. They also host free live music shows and performances.

As it just opened for the summer, many first timers have been making their way to Trackside. One couple from Seattle drove to Bellingham to meet some friends and wanted to see Trackside, which they had heard about through their friends.

“We love how open and welcoming it is,” one of them said. “I feel like I can just relax and hang out with my wife and our friends but still have a feeling of community that makes it feel like everyone is hanging out.”

Tote bags from Lovelike. Photograph by NIcholas Alwi

Another couple had come up to visit their son and his wife. It was also their first time coming but they had heard “such great things” from their son who is a frequenter of the venue.

One of the trailers located right outside of the entrance of Trackside is a Makerspace container where a weekly rotation of local artists come and set up shop to show their art and sell it. Diane Lovelike, an artist from Bellevue, sells art, tee shirts and totes that she has designed.

Lovelike and the Little Finery kiosk at the Trackside. Photograph by NIcholas Alwi


Lovelike started her business after the encouragement of some friends. “I started with this one design, and some friends were like that would look cool on a shirt,” she said. After that she decided to give it a try and put it on a shirt and “it just kinda grew from there,” she added.

Lovelike shared the trailer that day with Megan Nuqul, who is the owner and artist of The Little Refinery, a local handmade & permanent jewelry maker. Permanent jewelry is “a new trend”. As Nuqul said, “It’s a costume fit chain that’s welded together with a little jump ring.” She related them to a modern-day friendship bracelet.

Two men playing cornhole at the Trackside. Photograph by NIcholas Alwi

As summer continues to get warmer, Kulshan Trackside has become a prime spot for many locals to go to but also carries the hype to reach areas down south or even up north. With many yard games, good drinks and food, and a place where adults and kids can gather together, the employees of Trackside expect it to be a busy summer.

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