The Pacific Northwest boasts plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Try your hand at clamming and crabbing, for instance, or watch a movie at one of the last drive-in theaters in the state. Don’t miss the Penn Cove Mussel Fest or the hundreds of sailboats floating in the Oak Harbor Marina for Whidbey Island Race Week. And be sure to check out the PBY-Naval Air Museum.
Residents of Island County will enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.
Boeing Seafair Air Show
The first weekend of August brings the Boeing Seafair Air Show to town where you’ll witness the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform dazzling stunts and aerial maneuvers as spectators look on in amazement from the shores of Lake Washington. The Blue Angels participated in their first air show in 1946 and since have performed for an estimated 11 million spectators during air shows each year.
Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival
The Coupeville Festival is held each August with Penn Cove as the quaint backdrop. Come experience some of the finest art and crafts with vendors from all over the country. In addition to the vendor booths, the festival also features an art gallery and wine reception, a wine and beer garden, a hands-on children’s activity area, a food court and live entertainment.
Everett Sausage Festival
The Everett Sausage Festival is a family-oriented weekend fair in October centered on a Bavarian theme. For the past 40 years, this festival has delighted visitors with such offerings as its traditional Bavarian dinner to a variety of food booths, children's games, the family entertainment stage, bingo, carnival, and Bavarian beer garden and stage. Visit the event’s website for more information.
Holland Happening Festival
Every April, in honor of Oak Harbor’s Dutch history, the town is filled with tulips to kick off the annual three-day Holland Happening Festival. Events include a family-friendly carnival, a street fair featuring Dutch food, wooden shoe carving, a “Klompen Canal Race” and an international dance festival. The festival culminates with a grand parade along the waterfront.
Jets Over Whidbey
Jets Over Whidbey is the Pacific Northwest’s premier radio-controlled jet aircraft event. Held annually in late August on Whidbey Island, the event draws pilots from across the United States and Canada flying their scale jet-powered aircraft. Entry and parking are free. Dry camping is available for participants.
Oak Harbor Pigfest
The annual Oak Harbor Pigfest is a block party and pig roast developed to help raise funds for the local food bank, North Whidbey Help House. Every August, the community comes together for live music, entertainment (including a pie-eating contest) and delicious food to help give back to those in need. Visit the website for more information.
Paine Field Aviation Day
The Paine Field Aviation Day, held in May, features both vintage and new aircraft in a family-friendly event that attracts 5,000-8,000 attendees. Kick off the event with a 5K run/walk, and follow it up with a firefighters’ pancake breakfast. Visit the event’s website for hours and schedules.
Penn Cove MusselFest
The Penn Cove MusselFest, held over a weekend in March, is a Coupeville tradition. “Bold, briny and blue,” the world famous mussels will be the centerpiece of two days of festivities, including chowder-tasting and mussel-eating competitions, farm tours and activities for all ages featuring locally flavored fun. Visit the event’s website for hours and schedules. The competition sells out quickly so get your tickets early.
The Lights of Christmas
More than a million Christmas lights will be displayed during 19 days in December, a spectacle spread over 15 acres at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, Washington. The Lights of Christmas is the largest holiday light display in the Pacific Northwest that combines live entertainment, children's activities, food, holiday shopping and more. Visit the event’s website for more information.
Welcome the Whales Festival
This event in April includes hands-on educational displays, costume-making and children’s activities, followed by the Whale and Critter Parade in downtown Langley ending at the waterfront Whale Bell Park with a blessing for the whales, music and celebration on the beach, while watching for gray whales in Saratoga Passage. The Langley Whale Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the event, with special activities and displays about gray whales and staffed by Orca Network/Whale Center docents.
Whidbey Island Fair
Whidbey Island Fair (formerly known as the Island County Fair) provides entertainment and a place for Island County residents to gather with family and friends to celebrate the fruits of their labor and enjoy that which is so special about living in the area. In addition, there are agriculture and horticulture exhibits, crafts, art exhibits, live entertainment, carnival games, rides, delicious fair food and more.
Whidbey Island Race Week
Whidbey Island Race Week draws more than 100 sailboats to the Oak Harbor Marina for an annual July event, accompanied by lots of food and entertainment after racing during the weeklong festivities. Visit the event’s website for more information.