From Shakespeare and gypsy jazz to farm tours and festivals, a variety of events define the lifestyle on Washington’s Whidbey and Camano Islands. Read on for a selection of events and happenings to shape upcoming content, travel itineraries or event roundups.
Island Shakespeare Festival, July 14 – September 3, 2019
Revel in timeless tales performed island-style at The Island Shakespeare Festival, running Wednesday through Sunday evenings. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Inferno and The Winter’s Tale will be performed in repertory each evening. Guests are invited to arrive early to picnic and enjoy the ambiance. www.islandshakespearefest.org
Whidbey Island Fair, July 18-21, 2019
Bring the family to Whidbey for small-town fun and fare, with island charm! The annual Whidbey Island Fair returns to Langley this July, with a weekend of festivities including a parade, carnival rides, 4-H exhibits, farm animals, live entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts vendors and more. www.whidbeyislandfair.com
Whidbey Island Race Week, July 23-27, 2019
The 37th Annual Whidbey Island Race Week is the premier sailboat racing event in the Pacific Northwest. Thousands of sailboat racers make their way to Oak Harbor every July to participate in this week-long sailboat racing regatta tradition. www.whidbeyislandraceweek.com
Oak Harbor Music Festival, August 30-September 1, 2019
Celebrate Labor Day weekend in historic downtown Oak Harbor! Two main stages will host more than 30 bands and acts throughout the weekend, featuring all types of musical genres. Attendees can listen to free, live music from two outdoor beer gardens, with local food vendors, arts and crafts booths and pop-up shops. www.oakharborfestival.com
DjangoFest Northwest, September 18-22, 2019
Langley’s DjangoFest Northwest has evolved into a premier showcase of gypsy jazz music in North America. The five-day festival offers musical performances, workshops, and informal “djam” sessions around the seaside village. www.djangofest.com
Whidbey Island Grown Week, September 27-October 6, 2019
This fall experience Whidbey Island Grown Week, a 10-day celebration of local businesses, farmers, purveyors and experiences. Enjoy self-guided farm tours; Greenbank Farm’s Harvest Faire; farm chef collaboration dinners; cooking demonstrations; cycling tours, and more. www.whidbeyislandgrown.com
Whidbey Island Cider Festival, September 28, 2019
The Whidbey Island Cider Festival returns this September! As part of “Whidbey Island Grown Week,” taste ciders from different Pacific Northwest cideries, enjoy delicious food, live music, children’s activities and more. The event is hosted at the Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville, Wash. www.pacificriminstitute.org
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