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.
*** The events noted below are not confirmed as of October 10 ***
Friday, December 4. Eastsound Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. 3 – 5 pm. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, December 5. Library Holiday Tea; 1-4 pm. Sponsor: Friends of the Library
Saturday – Sunday, December 5-6. Odd Fellows Hall. Artisan’s Faire. The first weekend in December. Contact: 360-298-2202
Saturday – Sunday, December ___. Orcas Choral Society Holiday Concert. Orcas Center. View Event
Sunday, December ___ . Lions Santa Ship at Orcas Ferry Landing, 11:30 am.
Saturday, December ___. Orcas Community Band Holiday Concert. 3 pm. Orcas Center. View Event
Wednesday, December 16, Blood Drive, 10:30-4:30 @ Eastsound Firestation
Thursday, December ___. “Leaves of Gold” concert. Rosario Music Room
Sunday, December ___ , Christmas Jazz Festival. Rosario Music Room
We will update specifics as we approach the new year
Friday, January 1. Polar Bear Plunge at Cascade Lake. Sponsor: Orcas Island Rowing Association
Orcas Island 25k Race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
Orcas Island 50k Race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running
Orcas Island 100 mile race at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running