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-Saturday, June 15-16. Martin Lund’s One World Music Festival at Orcas Center
Saturday, June 23. Solstice Parade Celebration in Eastsound; beginning at 12 noon
Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24. (11 am-5 pm) Orcas Island Garden Tour. Sponsor: Orcas Island Garden Club
Saturday, June 30 (6 pm – 9 pm). OPAL Annual Benefit Dinner and Gala. Sponsor: OPAL Community Land Trust
Tuesday, July 3. Deer Harbor Fireworks.
Wednesday, July 4. Eastsound Fireworks. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, July 7. Orcas Community Parade. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, July 7. Annual Salmon Dinner. Sponsor: Orcas Island Lions Club
Saturday, July 21. Olga Daze Celebration; 10am – 3pm. Sponsor: Olga Community Club
Saturday, July 28. 8th Annual Cider & Mead Festival in Eastsound on the Village Green; 11 am – 4 pm. Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival
Saturday, July 28. Market Day. Sponsor: Emmanuel Episcopal Church; 10 am – 3 pm
Thursday – Sunday, August 1 – 6. Doe Bay Fest. Location: Doe Bay Resort
Friday through Saturday, August 3-18. Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Saturday-Monday, August 4-6. Orcas Fly-In. Sponsor: EAA Chapter 937
Saturday, August 4. Classic Car Show; 10 am – 2 pm
Friday-Sunday, August 10-12. Orcas Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Location: Various studios on Orcas. Studio Tour Website
Saturday, August 11. Library Fair. Sponsor: Orcas Island Public Library
Thursday-Sunday, August 30-September 2. Orcas Island Jazz Festival