Orcas Island offers an abundance of natural beauty, as well as a sophisticated mix of arts, culture and great food. The variety of possibilities will make your visit a special one, whether you are visiting for the first time, or you come to the island each year.
Orcas is home to 5000-acre Moran State Park, which features lakes, hiking trails, and public campgrounds. In Moran you will also find Mt. Constitution – the highest peak in the islands, reaching 2,400 feet in elevation. A hike, drive, or bike ride to the top reveals a 360-degree marine view of the San Juan’s and beyond.
Artistic and cultural offerings include our historical museum, performing arts center, public library, and old-fashioned movie theatre. There are many artisans’ shops and studios, featuring local pottery, fine arts, jewelry, textiles, and hand-made furniture and crafts. You can also explore our Saturday Farmer’s Market in Eastsound’s Village Square.
LOCAL EVENTS AND RESTAURANTS
Whether you are visiting the island for a few days, or staying for a few weeks, there are many fun events happening on Orcas Island, as well as a delicious variety of restaurants and eateries. For a full list of events and dining options, please visit the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce site.
July 22. 6th Annual Cider & Mead Festival in Eastsound on the Village Green; 11 am – 4 pm
August 5-20. Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
August 10-13. Doe Bay Fest. Location: Doe Bay Resort
August 13. Free outdoor concert at Eastsound’s Stage on the Green at 2:00 pm. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
August TBA. Orcas Fly-In. Sponsor: EAA Chapter 937
August 12. Library Fair. Sponsor: Orcas Island Public Library
August TBA. Orcas Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Location: Various studios on Orcas
September 3. Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon. Sponsor: Friends of Moran
September 4-6. Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Festival. Sponsor: Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Foundation
October 6-9. Orcas Island Film Festival. Location: Various venues on Orcas
October TBA. Indoor Farmers’ Market at Odd Fellows Hall; Saturdays, 11 am – 2 pm