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, January 1. Polar Bear Plunge at Cascade Lake. Sponsor: Orcas Island Rowing Association
Saturday, January 11. “A Prayer for Compassion” documentary. 5 pm. Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Sunday, January 19- Sunday, February 11, 7 pm, Orcas Island Public Library. OICF Presents Four Conducting Workshops with Adam Stern.
Saturday, January 25 Orcas Island 25k Race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
Saturday, February 1. Orcas Island 50k Race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8. San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit. San Juan Ag Summit
Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8. Orcas Island 100 mile race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
Sunday, March 1, 3 pm, Annual Music Advocacy Group Benefit Concert. Located in the Old Gym, Orcas Island Public School. https://oimag.org
Wednesday, March 18, Blood Drive, 10:30-4:30 @ Eastsound Firestation
TBD. Friends of the Library Book Sale. 10 am – 3 pm Sponsor: Friends of the Library
Friday-Sunday, March 27 – 29. Holistic Spring Retreat. Website.