Fall is a time to Savor the San Juans
Enjoy a harvest of locally grown food, take in a farm tour, film festival, or kayaking tour in September, October and November
What's the weather like in the San Juans in the fall?
With an average daily temperature of 66 degrees in September, 58 in October and 50 in November, autumn in the San Juan Islands is a beautiful season, with many sunny days and some overcast or rainy days. Fall is a good time to pull on your favorite sweater and go for a leisurely hike in the woods or have a bonfire on the beach. The San Juan Islands farm tours on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan are a wonderful way to enjoy a fine fall day. An overcast morning may turn into a beautiful sunny afternoon—or the other way around—so be prepared with both a light jacket and a heavier raincoat.
Tips for getting here in the fall
Fall is a wonderful time to take a drive to Anacortes on a beautiful fall day and catch a ferry to the San Juans. It is always a good idea to make a reservation if you plan on driving onto the Washington State Ferry. You can also fly by airplane or seaplane, or take a foot-ferry with the San Juan Clipper from Seattle in the early fall, but check their schedule to see when they stop running for the season. Check out our Getting Here page for information on the many ways to travel to the islands all year round.
Things to do in autumn on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands
September, October and early November are some of the best months to visit the San Juan Island. Savor the San Juans is a showcase of the fantastic farms and foods in the islands, with farm tours on each island, wine dinners, beer tasting events, film festivals, and more. In October, the Orcas Island Film Festival brings award-winning feature-length films to Eastsound, and early November's Friday Harbor Film Festival is an intriguing collection of documentary films about the Pacific Rim and beyond. Hops on the Rock is Orcas Island's new beer festival, with dozens of breweries from around the Northwest pouring tastes of their best lagers and ales. Check out our Events Calendar to find out more.
Where to find local foods in the fall
Every Saturday, farmers' markets are bursting with the season's harvest. You can also find these foods at local restaurants, where chefs handpick the freshest produce, seafood, meats and more for their fall menus, wine dinners and special events during Savor the San Juans. Local shops and tasting rooms are open, with tours and tastes of wine, beer, spirits, cider, preserves, baked goods, and other artisan-crafted island delicacies.
Where to stay? Best lodging options for the fall season
When the leaves start to turn and there is a chill in the air, a trip to the islands is the perfect retreat. Stay in a cozy bed and breakfast inn, a boutique hotel in town, or a farm stay during Savor the San Juans. Stroll the grounds of a historic hotel, or find a vacation rental cottage, cabin, house or suite. Even though fall is a slower time, make sure to make your reservations in advance to find your perfect spot, and check out our lodging page for more options.
Slow Down this Fall
Take some time for yourself, or enjoy family and friends with a weekend getaway to the San Juans during Savor the San Juans, with farm tours, wine dinners, beer festivals, film festivals and more.