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.
February 3. Orcas Island 50k Race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
February 3 & 10. Cooking Classes with Christina Orchid. Red Rabbit Farm
February 9 & 10. Orcas Island 100 mile race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
February 10-12 . San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit. Click here for information.
Sunday, March 4 (3:00 pm), MAG Concert in the Old Gym. Sponsor: Music Advocacy Group (Recurs on 1st Sunday in March)
Saturday, March 10 (10:00 am -2:00 pm), Fidelis Flea Market in West Sound Community Club
Saturday, March 10 (10 am – 3 pm), Friends of the Library Book Sale. Sponsor: Friends of the Library
Friday-Sunday, March 16-17 . San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit. Click here for information.
Saturday, April 7. Funhouse Science Fair at The Funhouse. Sponsor: The Funhouse Science Fair
Friday-Sunday, April 13-15. Orcas Island Literary Festival. Website
Saturday, April 28. Bill Yarlott Fishing Derby at Cascade Lake Sponsor: Orcas Adventures. Recurs on 4th Saturday in April.
Saturday, April 28. Montessori School Carnival Auction. Sponsor: Montessori School
Saturdays, May 5 – Sept 29. Farmers Market in Eastsound on the Village Green; Saturdays, (10 am – 3 pm). Orcas Island Farmers Market
Saturday, May 5 (7:30 pm) and Sunday, May 6 (2:00 pm), Orcas Choral Society Concerts
Saturday, May 19, (3 pm-6 pm), Shindig Auction at Orcas Center. Sponsor: Orcas Island Historical Museums
Saturday, May 26. Orcas Pet Parade in Eastsound. Sponsor: Kaleidoscope Daycare Center. Recurs on the 4th Saturday in May.