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
Friday, December 7. Eastsound Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. 3 pm – 5 pm. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
December (TBA). Celtic Christmas; 7:00 pm at Orcas Island Community Church
December (TBA). Library Holiday Tea; 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm. Sponsor: Friends of the Library
Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2. Artisans’ Faire. Location: Odd Fellows Hall. Artisan’s Faire. The first weekend in December.
December (TBA). Orcas Choral Society Holiday Concert. Orcas Center. View Event
December (TBA). Lions Santa Ship at Orcas Ferry Landing, 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, January 1. Polar Bear Plunge at Cascade Lake. Sponsor: Orcas Island Rowing Association
Saturday, January 26. Orcas Island 25k Race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
Saturday, February 2. Orcas Island 50k Race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
Friday – Saturday, February 8 & 9. Orcas Island 100 mile race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running