Island Experience

Best Ways to Savor the San Juans

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

Farm Tours

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 information!

San Juan Island Farm Tour: September 21 & 22

Orcas Island Farm Tour: September 28 & 29, 2019

Lopez Island Farm Tour: October 5 & 6, 2019

Film Festivals

The fall film season kicks off in early October with the  Annual Orcas Island Film Festival at multiple venues in Eastsound. The festival will feature feature-length and short films from all over the world and is curated with the assistance of Carl Spence, former curator for the Seattle International Film Festival. With 30 films shown over four days, gala parties and filmmaker panel discussions, the Orcas Island Film Festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers to connect and share the cinematic experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. All of this makes this emerging new festival a unique experience worthy of an annual pilgrimage.

The Friday Harbor Film Festival will screen 31 new documentary films, 23 short films, and a selection of films produced by student filmmakers. Films will be shown in six venues, all within an easy walk from the ferry landing, airport, and port. These films focus on the Pacific Rim (and beyond). The Opening Night Filmmakers Gala is a special event for audience members to meet and celebrate the filmmakers. The evening includes an extended trailer, featuring a clip from each of the films being shown.

Orcas Island Film Festival: October 10-14, 2019

Friday Harbor Film Festival: October 25-27, 2019

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

Brew Fests

Ready for a libation vacation? The islands are full of wineries, breweries, cideries and tasting rooms that are sure to give you a taste of the islands. Call your lederhosen-loving friends and join in the festivities at San Juan Island Brewing Company's Annual Oktoberfest Celebration. With a special German-themed food menu, live music, costume contests, liter holding contests, games and activities for all ages, it's an event for the whole family! San Juan Island Brewing features up to 13 different styles of traditional ales and lagers all handcrafted in house.

Shut down the streets of Eastsound on Orcas Island for the Hops on the Rock beer fest! Taste your favorite microbrews, explore new ones, and hobnob with brew folk at this fun event. More than a dozen small artisan breweries from around the Northwest will tap their kegs under a heated tent on Prune Alley (so named for the historic fruit orchards that used to stand on this site) in the heart of the charming village of Eastsound on Orcas Island. There will be tasty local food to catch all that delicious beer and live music to sip too.

Oktoberfest: October 12, 2019

Hops on the Rock: November 9, 2019

Harvest & Wine Dinners

Experience the best of the best with local chefs and winemakers this fall. With special "Chef's Tasting Menus," cooking classes, and wine dinners at Coho Restaurant, discounted tastings at the Orcas Island Winery and Doe Bay Wine Company, and lower fares from Kenmore Air, there's so much to savor!

Enjoy discounted rates at quaint inns, luxurious waterfront resorts, in-town getaways, woodland cottages, and so many more! Find a list of lodging discounts on our Savor the San Juans page.    

Savor the San Juans

Savor the San Juans

Find other events as well as lodging and dining specials on our Savor the San Juans page!