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The Ultimate Guide to Annual Festivals & Events on Whidbey Island

The Ultimate Guide to Annual Festivals & Events on Whidbey Island

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!

What's Happening on Whidbey: February 2019

What's Happening on Whidbey: February 2019

This February brings some unique events to Whidbey Island, and the calendar of events this month offers something fun for a wide variety of interests! Want to expand your theater horizons, or spend the month getting in shape for the run at Fort Ebey? You’re in luck this month! Follow the links below the graphic for more details on each event. Hope your 2019 is off to a great start!

What's Happening on Whidbey: December 2018

December brings us a calendar filled with fun, festive, and unique events on Whidbey Island! Follow the links below the graphic for more details on each event. Happy holidays!

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What's Happening on Whidbey: September 2018

Get out your calendars—you won't want to miss out on all of the fun, festive, and interesting events happening on Whidbey Island this month! Autumn is right around the corner, but September still offers a few fantastic opportunities to celebrate those final days of summer, beginning with the Oak Harbor Music Festival. I'm also a proud title sponsor of the event—click here to check out the music festival's schedule! 

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7 Restaurants for Waterfront Dining on Whidbey Island

Gorgeous backdrops, unique histories, and fresh, delectable dishes ensure you’re in for a treat! Looking for a special date night spot, or want to impress out-of-town guests with one of the best views in town? These Whidbey Island restaurants promise waterfront dining at its finest!

Here’s a look at 7 awesome restaurants for waterfront dining on Whidbey Island:

Captain Whidbey

  • Located at 9702, 2072 W. Capt. Whidbey Inn Rd. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 12:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday-Friday (Lunch); 11:00am-3:00pm Saturday-Sunday (Brunch); 5:00pm-9:00pm Wednesday-Sunday (Dinner)
  • Happy Hour: 3:00pm-6:00pm Wednesday-Sunday (click here for their happy hour menu)

Set on the idyllic shores of Penn Cove, Captain Whidbey Inn’s restaurant is a not-to-miss Whidbey treasure. You can enjoy fresh seafood for brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour, including steamer clams and Penn Cove mussels, salmon, cioppino soup, and more. Enjoy it in the dining room or outdoors overlooking Penn Cove; either way, it will be a meal you won’t soon forget!

Toby’s Tavern

  • Located at 8 Front St. N.E. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday

Steeped in Pacific Northwest tradition, Toby’s Tavern is a must for local history buffs, or anyone looking for a great burger. Built in 1890, this building houses a ton of local memorabilia, including the old 5 man racing shell hanging from their ceiling. In addition to fascinating decor, Toby’s also boasts a delicious selection of fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib, and the “best burgers on the planet.” The next time you’re in Coupeville, make sure to stop by Toby’s for a bite.

Front Street Grill

  • Located at 20 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday & Sunday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-9:00pm

Not even a decade old, the Front Street Grill has already made a name for itself as a premier local dining experience. Catch breathtaking views of the Coupeville Wharf and Mount Baker while enjoying one of their 6 different types of fresh local mussels, mouthwatering burgers and steaks, or seafood pastas. With a cocktails and a kids menu, this is a spot the whole family will love.

Knead & Feed

  • Located at 4 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday; 8:00am-3:00pm Saturday-Sunday

If you’re looking for a light breakfast or a simple lunch on the water, Knead & Feed is sure to become your next go-to spot. Drop by for a “Front Street Lunch,” which is their most popular combo of a bowl of soup, a green salad, a thick slice of bread, and a piece of pie. Homemade comfort food, friendly service, and a waterfront view... perfection!

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Alfy’s Pizza at Water’s Edge

  • Located at 916 S.E. Bayshore Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Monday-Friday; 11:00am-9:00pm Saturday-Sunday

For pizza with a scenic view, Alfy’s is the place to go. Voted “Best Pizza and Salad Bar,” Alfy’s has a wide selection of pies (including a build your own option), as well as sandwiches, pastas, sides, and desserts. For a look at their full Water’s Edge menu, click here.

The Cove Cafe

  • Located at 26 Front St. N.W. Coupeville, WA 98239
  • Hours: 11:30am-4:30pm 7 days a week

Located right on Coupeville’s historic wharf, the Cove Cafe is a great spot for a casual meal. Enjoy fresh fish and chips, steamed Penn Cove Mussels, or more unique items like their “Not-Your-Average BLT,” and wash it all down with a refreshing hard cider, beer, or wine. With indoor and outdoor seating available, the Cove Cafe allows you to experience Whidbey Island at its finest.

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Prima Bistro

  • Located at 201 1/2 1st St. Langley, WA 98260
  • Hours: 11:30am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:30am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday
  • Happy Hour: 3:00pm-5:00pm 7 days a week

For a taste of Paris and a splash of Pacific Northwest flair, no place beats Langley’s own Prima Bistro. Try one of their elegant small plates or a French-inspired salad or burger. Beautiful outdoor deck seating, a kids menu, and a variety of gluten free and vegan options make this a fun and welcoming place for all.  

5 Fun Ways to Keep Cool This Summer on Whidbey Island

When the weather heats up on Whidbey Island, we’ve got you covered with some fun ways to keep cool! From the best swim spots to the tastiest sweet treats, these ideas aren’t only good for beating the heat, but they’re perfect for your summer bucket list.

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Beach Bums

Pack your bag and head to the beach for a day of swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, and just plain fun. Monroe Landing in Oak Harbor and Double Bluff Beach in Freeland are both safe bets for swimming and recommended by locals.

Out on the Water

One of the best ways to explore Whidbey Island is by water, and that sea breeze is sure to keep you cool! Kayaking is a great place to start, and Whidbey Island Kayaking is ready to help you get started on your kayaking adventures. They offer a variety of tours (beginners welcome!), or you can rent a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard and set out on your own.

If you’d like to charter a Penn Cove tour, rent a sailboat, take sailing lessons, you’ll want to check out Penn Cove Sailing and Leisure Yacht Charter in Coupeville. You can even rent the sailboats for multiple days at a time if you want to head out on an grand adventure!

Dive Deep

Get a new perspective and explore Whidbey Island’s underwater treasures! Whidbey Island Dive Center offers a wide range of instruction, “from snorkeling through professional dive leadership.” If you’re a beginner, they can help you start your diving journey, and they even host a “Splash Night” that’s in a pool so you can check it out and see if it’s for you. They also offer a huge range of specialty courses—see all of their offerings here!

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Cool Treats

After a day at the beach or out on the water, an icy cold treat is the cherry on top! Here are a few favorites:

  • Kapaw’s Iskreme by the Coupeville Wharf is known for their generous scoops and fresh waffle cones.
  • Popsies (located in Oak Harbor’s historic downtown) not only has ice cream, but their shop is filled with other sweet treats and they’re especially known for their different flavored popcorn.
  • Toppins Frozen Yogurt in Oak Harbor is known for, you guessed it—their huge selection of toppings!
  • K & R Farms is not only the perfect spot to grab an ice cream cone, but you can get fresh local produce, meat, and other homemade goods there too!
  • Sprinklz in Langley has 16 flavors of ice cream to choose from, plus specialty milkshakes, specialty blended coffee drinks, retro toys and candy, and more.

Pool Day

For those who want to stay active but get out of the sun for awhile, the Island Athletic Club in Freeland features a 25-yard pool. They offer swim lessons, water exercises classes (like Aqua Zumba!), and lap swimming. Another great pool option awaits at the Admirals Cove Beach Club, and here members can enjoy an outdoor pool. (However, the pool has been closed recently due to a remodel. Check their website for updates on when it’s scheduled to open again!)