Whidbey Island is home to an impressive list of festivals and annual happenings, and when our calendars start to fill up, it can be all too easy to miss out on some of this island’s special events.
If you’re planning for the year ahead, take a glance at each month to see what Whidbey Island festivals and special events are happening when. Be sure to mark your calendar with your favorite to ensure you don’t miss out!
Each year around Valentine’s Day, Red Wine & Chocolate offers the opportunity to visit wineries, sip on local wines, and sample some delectable chocolate creations.
This international festival is based on the American version of the Netherlands’ “King’s Day,” and you can join in on the festivities with fun exhibitions, food, artisan booths, and more.
Hop around Langley and meet a special bunny guest with treats, search for stuffed bunnies, and enjoy shopping for bunny-themed gifts as Easter approaches.
Each spring, kids gather on the Saturday before Easter to search for 10,000+ candy-filled eggs, play on fire trucks, take photos with the Easter Bunny, and more.
Explore wineries and distilleries on this weekend tour that pairs wines and spirits with delicious local foods.
This 40+ year tradition takes place in the historic downtown waterfront area of Coupeville. The parade ends with a special ceremony and concert at the bandstand at Coupeville Town Park.
Sponsored by Goosefoot, Prairie Days in Coupeville is all about “preserving and enhancing the rural character of Whidbey Island.” This free and family-friendly event includes experience tours, a native plant sale, and more.
“The Mission of the Penn Cove Water Festival Association is to continue an annual revival of the historic Coupeville Water Festival by bringing families together to enjoy Native American canoe racing, entertainment, crafts and culture and by giving them a chance to learn about, appreciate, and protect the environment in which we all live.” The first festival occured in 1930, and you can read more about the history of this important celebration here.
Learn about and celebrate Whidbey Island’s rich maritime culture with this action-packed festival that features vessel tours, free music, free activities, and much more.
Stop by Bell’s Farm for a day of u-pick strawberries, pre-picked berry sales, farm tours, a petting zoo, local food, and other fun activities. The 2nd annual Strawberry Daze event was held in 2018—stay tuned for 2019 info!
This lively celebration typically begins the weekend before the 4th of July, and visitors can enjoy rides, games, food and much more.
Started back in 1912, the Whidbey Island Fair showcases everything from livestock to local art.
Started in 2010, this annual festival is a Shakespearean enthusiasts dream with several performances that occur throughout July, August, and into September.
In 2019, Whidbey Island Race Week will occur for the 37th year! Click here for information about how to participate.
This weeklong event in Freeland features a program of performances by incredibly talented virtuosos. Click here to see 2018’s festival artists.
Whidbey Island has a rich arts culture, and it’s estimated that 15,000 people attend this 50+ year-old event.
In 2018, 25 teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Canada gathered to compete and see who could whip up the best barbecue. There’s even a free BBQ lunch provided at this tasty community gathering.
I’m super proud to be the Title Sponsor for the Oak Harbor Music Festival for the 3rd year in a row! Attendees can enjoy 30+ bands, two beer gardens, lots of food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and more during this memorable last weekend of summer.
This month-long happening in Coupeville is sure to have you spooked for all of October! Grab a map and have fun exploring haunted visitors and check out the calendar of events to see what other haunted happenings are taking place around town.
This family-friendly even takes place in the late afternoon so everyone can admire costumes before the sun goes down.
Dress up your doggy and get ready to show off their four-legged fashion in a parade and costume contest! Awards go out for best owner and dog costume combo, best celebrity dog, and more!
This incredible weekend of local art, wine, and spirits is a celebration of harvest and of Whidbey Island’s rich farming culture.
The annual holiday parade takes place at the very beginning of December, and after the parade you can shop and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Each year on New Year’s Eve, people all over the island gather to take in the view of fireworks at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. It’s the perfect way to end the year as a community!