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.
Wednesday, July 3. Deer Harbor Fireworks.
Thursday, July 4. Eastsound Fireworks. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, July 6, Orcas Community Parade. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, July 6. Annual Salmon Dinner. Sponsor: Orcas Island Lions Club
Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14. 3v3 Soccer Tournament. Sponsor: Parks & Rec and OIFC
Saturday, July 20. Olga Daze Celebration; 10am – 3pm. Sponsor: Olga Community Club
Saturday, July 27. 8th Annual Cider & Mead Festival in Eastsound on the Village Green; 11 am – 4 pm. Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival
Saturday, July 27. Market Day. Sponsor: Emmanuel Episcopal Church; 10 am – 3 pm
Sunday, July 28. Funhouse Gala! Held on the lawn of the Outlook Inn. 4 pm.
Friday-Saturday, August 2-17. Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, August 2-4. Orcas Fly-In. Sponsor: EAA Chapter 937
Saturday, August 3. Classic Car Show; 10 am – 2 pm
Wednesday – Monday, August 7-12. Doe Bay Fest. Location: Doe Bay Resort
Friday-Sunday, August 9-11. Orcas Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Location: Various studios on Orcas. Studio Tour Website
Saturday, August 10. Library Fair. Sponsor: Orcas Island Public Library
Wednesday-Saturday, August 14-17. San Juan County Fair.
Friday-Sunday, August 30-September 1. Orcas Island Jazz Festival
Monday-Wednesday, September 2-4. Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous. Sponsor: Wooden Boat Society of the San Juans
Saturday, September 21. “Almost Equinox Sunset Walk on Turtleback.” South Trailhead, 5-7:45 pm.
Sunday, September 29. Orcas Island Farm Tour. Location: Various farms on Orcas, 9 am – 6 pm. Website & Info.