Major San Juan Islands Events and Festivals - August - November, 2016
Press Releases
Written by San Juan Islands Visitor's Bureau   
Friday, June 17, 2016 12:15 PM

Please help us share San Juan Islands special events including the Golden Anniversary (50th) of the creation of the San Juan Island National Historical Park – September 9, the park commemorates the peaceful resolution of conflict during the “Pig War” crisis, the last territorial standoff between the U.S. and Great Britain.

August
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
"Time for Three," an electrifying trio of classically trained musicians, will perform August 4th on Lopez Island and August 5th and 6th on Orcas Island.  Members include violinists Nick Kendall and Nikki Chooi, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer. OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, violin/viola and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker, piano, will welcome highly renowned artists to the 2016 Festival. Specific information regarding artists and repertoire will be announced at a later date.
Website: http://oicmf.org/concerts/2016-summer-festival/
Email: [email protected]
Event Date: 8/4 – 8/20
Event Location: Orcas Performing Arts Center Eastsound, Orcas Island. www.orcascenter.org.
Tickets: Concerts $30-38. Students $10.

Orcas Island Artists’ Studio Tour
This is your chance to visit the working studios of 35 premier Orcas Island Artists. See firsthand how and where those special techniques are being mastered, meet the artists and purchase their most recent work. Watercolors, stone cutting, woodwork, forging, encaustics, ceramics, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, jewelry, printmaking, paintings and more.
Website: http://orcasartistsstudiotour.com/OAST/Welcome.html
Phone:  (360) 376-6957
Email: [email protected]  
Date(s): 8/19 – 8/21
Times: 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Various locations, Orcas Island
Admission: Free

September
Lopez Island Artists Studio Tour
Experience first-hand the quality and craftsmanship of Lopez Island's many artists on the 20th Annual Lopez Island Artists' Studio Tour. On this self-guided tour, visit studios all over the island, converse with the artists, and choose the perfect painting, sculpture or gift of jewelry, wood, metal, or fiber art.
Website: 
Printed Contact: Carole Sue Conran
Phone: (888) 468-3701 ext. 1
Email: [email protected]
Event dates: 9/3 - 4
Event locations: various studios around Lopez Island

Interstellar Birthday Extravaganza
Description: 2016 marks the golden anniversary of the local San Juan Island National Historical Park. Come celebrate the 50th birthday with a stargazing party. Enjoy the vastness of the cosmos away from city lights and sounds.
Email: [email protected]
Event Date: September 9, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. - midnight
Event Location: TBD
Tickets: Free

Wooden Boat Rendezvous
The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands is holding the Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous. All wooden boats are welcome: oar, power and sail. Wooden boats of all sizes attend the Rendezvous, from rowboats to motor launches, and day-sailors to historic tall ships. Most of the boats moor at the Deer Harbor Marina, and are available for public viewing throughout the gathering. The Rendezvous is a low-key celebration of wooden boats, held in one of the most scenic harbors in the Pacific Northwest. Activities include a potluck and BBQ, sailing race and a paddle/row race, and a wonderful gathering of old and new friends.
For more information, contact Mike Douglas (360) 376-5881 or email:  [email protected]
Printed Contact: Michael
Phone: (360) 376-4056
Email: [email protected].
Event dates: 9/5 – 7
Event locations: Deer Harbor, Orcas Island

TEDx San Juan Island
This year’s theme – ‘Quality of Life’ – focuses on ideas that have made a lasting contribution to the betterment of society.   Featured speakers at the forefront of fields such as science, health, technology, art and education will present ideas that influence the wellbeing of groups or individuals and discuss how these insights lead to new projects, perspectives and innovations.
Tickets for the live event will be available at www.tedxsanjuanisland.com from mid-May.
Event date: 9/17
Event locations: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

October
Savor the San Juans
Come savor the San Juans during the entire month of October when our 8th Annual 'Savor the San Juans – A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art' takes place. This movable feast for the senses pulls together all of the elements of a memorable post-summer vacation getaway, including winemaker's dinners, harvest festivals, farm events, and specials at some of the finest lodgings and restaurants in the “gourmet archipelago.”
Printed Contact: Carole Sue Conran
Phone: (888) 468-3701 ext. 1
Email: [email protected]
Event dates: 10/1 - 31
Event locations: various studios around Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island

Orcas Island Film Festival
The Orcas Island Film Festival is an ongoing experiment in cross-pollinating various artistic mediums with film as the synergistic force. Over three days in October at The Sea View Theatre, Orcas Center and other venues all over beautiful Orcas Island, a curated selection of feature length and short films will be shown, focusing on films of the avant-garde, art house, and emerging edge film culture from around the world. We will feature the most progressive directors, stories, techniques and ideas. Three grants will be awarded for filmmakers to create films set in the San Juan Islands, which will be featured at the festival.
Email:  [email protected]
Event Date: 10/7 - 10
Event Location: Orcas Island
Price: Various
Time: Various

November
Friday Harbor Film Festival
The third annual festival features three days of award winning documentary films, and commentary and Q&A with the filmmakers and principals of the films. Films are screened in four different venues throughout downtown Friday Harbor.  All of the acclaimed and award-winning documentary films being screened spotlight stories of the Pacific Rim. Several of the films have received major awards, and at least two premier screenings are planned! Tickets will be sold in the form of punch cards, enabling the holder to see a specified number of films on any of the three days of the Festival. Cards may be shared with family and friends.
Several of the films have received major awards, and at least two premier screenings are planned! Tickets will be sold in the form of punch cards, enabling the holder to see a specified number of films on any of the three days of the Festival. Cards may be shared with family and friends.
Website: www.fhff.org
Phone: (360) 298-1939
Email:  [email protected]
Event Date: 11/4 - 6
Event Location: Friday Harbor
Price: Various
Time: Various