Beautiful Whidbey Island is about 50 miles in length and from the northern most city which is Oak Harbor, to the south, Langley, there is something for everyone to do or enjoy during our best time of year – summer.
In Oak Harbor there is nothing like an “Old Fashioned 4th of July” celebration which is held at Windjammer Park. This event begins on the 4th of July with a pancake breakfast and then a parade at 11:00 that runs through downtown. There is also a carnival with lots of fun activities for kids and everyone young at heart. Also featuring; food booths, arts and crafts booths and even a “rubber duckie regatta”, with the grand finale being fireworks at dusk. The contact number for more information is 360-675-3755.
A few weeks later you will be able to experience “Whidbey Island Race Week”, which is launched at the Oak Harbor Marina during July 17th through July 22nd of 2011. Sailboats from every part of the country come and participate and compete in this sailboat regatta which can be seen while driving all along our beautiful Island. The Oak Harbor Marina hosts this event every year. In the evening after each race, there is music to dance to, food and drink of every kind and the announcements of each of the day’s sailboat class winners. It’s an exciting event and an experience you will never forget. The start of the races depends on the wind conditions each day. The Oak Harbor marina is located at 865 SE Barrington Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277, contact number is 360-279-4500
Next in our schedule of events is the “Loganberry Festival” held at the Historic Greenbank Farms in Greenbank. This is located in the central part of Whidbey Island. The farm stretches over 522 acres of rolling fields with amazing 180 degree views of the Olympic mountain range, Strait of San De Fuca, Cascade mountains and Saratoga Passage. The event this year will be held on Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24th, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, with free admission but there is a $5 parking fee. Featuring, local arts and crafts and even a “pie eating contest”. Other fun activities are hay rides around the farm, a beer tent and live music. You will not want to miss this awesome festival. Greenbank farm is located at 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, WA contact number is 360-678-7700.
Having fun yet? It gets even better folks. This will be the 45th year that the “Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival” will kick off on Saturday August 13th and Sunday – August 14th, 2011. The doors open on Sat. at 10:00 am till 6:00 pm, then on Sun. from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm. This fair is held in downtown Coupeville by the waterfront, this encompasses Main and Front Streets. Hundreds of crafty individuals have booths to sell their goods. Coupeville is a quaint historical town with so many great activities and places to shop and dine. A parking area is designated near the festival for a small fee. There is also music and food at the nearby park which is a few blocks away from this festival. The festival also features artists in action demonstrating their crafts on Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 10am – 4pm. What a fun filled day, here you can find unique and unusual items that you won’t find at your local stores, so have fun and shop till you drop. Coupeville is located in the central part of Whidbey Island in Penn Cove, contact number for more fair info is 360-678-5116.
Last but not least is the “Island County Fair”, held at the south end of Whidbey Island in another waterfront historical town of Langley. There is a camping area for RV’s up to 30 feet in length but with no tip outs nearby for lodging. This fair began in 1895 as a County Horticultural Society event, but in 1920 became a full blown County Fair. This fair exists with the majority of it’s workers being only volunteers. The fair features quality exhibits from the farm, there are also craft booths of every kind, live entertainment in the evenings, food and fiber arts. The young people here can share their love for animals as the 4-H clubs demonstrate and entertain you. This is a great fun filled event for the whole family, and after the fair you may just walk away knowing something you didn’t before. The fair will be held on August 18 – August 21, 2011. It is located at 819 Camano Avenue, Langley, Wa, the contact number is 360-221-4677. Fair opens at 9:30 am – 10:00 pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), Sunday doors close at 7:00pm. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 seniors & Juniors and children under 5 can go in free.
Whatever your interests are, there is always something fun to do in summer time on Whidbey Island – enjoy!