Island Experience

Best Ways to Savor the San Juans

Autumn harvest in the islands promises farm tours, wine dinners, a seafood festival and plenty of outdoor fun

San Juan Island farm, Photography by Barbara Marrett
Red Rabbit Farm dinner, Orcas Island

 

San Juan Island Farm Tour

Meet heritage breeds of goats and sheep, walk in an Edible Food Forest, and taste locally grown heritage wheat baked into delicious pastries. Judge different varieties of garlic, learn about cultivating herbs, distilling essential oils, and taste apple varieties and enjoy apple treats. Tour activities change every year, so stay tuned each fall for more about the San Juan Island Farm Tour, or check out our Savor the San Juans page.

Orcas Island Farm Tour, Photography by John Sinclair
Lopez Island Farm Tour, Photography by John Sinclair

 

Orcas Island Farm Tour

See behind the scenes at some of Orcas Island's most beautiful working farms. For a full day in early October, more than a dozen farms will open their barn doors so you can experience a little bit of farm life. Beautiful market gardens at the peak of harvest, cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and more, including sheep shearing, fruit-drying, wool spinning and weaving demonstrations.

Colorful flags will mark the entrances to the farms. At the end of the day, enjoy a soiree at Orcas Farm about a mile past Doe Bay, with live music and a beer garden. 

Lopez Island Farm Tour

Spend an incredible weekend exploring unique and beautiful farms on Lopez Island. Learn about greenhouse-grown salad, shellfish farming, and how draft horses are used for vegetable and grain production.  Discover how fleeces are transformed into yarn and how to ferment vegetables. Sample delicious Lopez-grown produce and products including oysters, wood fired pastries and pizza. Watch a boarder collie herd sheep, visit a licensed goat dairy, and much more. 

Stay tuned each fall for more about the Lopez Island and Orcas Island Farm Tours, or check out our Events Calendar.

Orcas Island Film Festival
Friday Harbor Film Festival, Photography by John Sinclair

 

Orcas Island Film Festival

The fall film season kicks off in early October with the 4rd Annual Orcas Island Film Festival at three venues in Eastsound. The festival will feature feature-length and short films from all over the world, and is curated with assistance of Carl Spence, former curator for the Seattle International Film Festival. There is also a screenplay contest, with three winning scripts receiving $5,000 each to produce a short film this summer. The films must be set and filmed in the San Juan Islands, and will be shown at the festival.

 

Friday Harbor Film Festival

More than 30 documentary films focusing on the Pacific Rim (and beyond) are on the roster at the Friday Harbor Film Festival in early November.  The winners of the Young Filmmakers Project will also have a chance to show their films at a special presentation.

Find other events, including vineyard harvest festivals, wine dinners, farmers markets, a farm parade and chili cookoff as well as lodging and dining specials on our Savor the San Juans page.