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5 August Must-Dos on San Juan Island

It’s Summer on San Juan Island. Orca whales and outdoor weddings. Art fairs and music festivals. Hiking, biking and kayaking. Where will you start? We’ve made a list of the fun activities and cool events you can experience in August, so you don’t miss out!

  1. Lighthouse Tour at Whale Watch Park

The iconic Lime Kiln Lighthouse at Lime Kiln State Park just had its 100th birthday. Besides being a prime spot to have a picnic, take a hike and see the Salish Sea, the lighthouse also serves as an interpretive center in the Summer and is open for tours on weekends. The waters around the park are very deep. Orca whales and other wildlife are seen frequently feeding very close to shore.

Shop for locally made souvenirs at the Summer Arts Fair
See Orca Whales from Land at Lime Kiln State Park

  1. San Juan Summer Arts Festival

Every Friday afternoon in August, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, festive art and food vendor booths line Brickworks plaza in the heart of Friday Harbor. Try locally brewed beer and spirits while listening to live music. Get a henna tattoo, have your tarot cards read and shop for unique island souvenirs.

  1. County Fair

From August 14th to 17th, some real island-life happens at the Friday Harbor Fairgrounds. This adorable country fair features 4-H events, good food, live music, fair rides, dances and local arts and crafts. This year’s theme is "A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots". Come celebrate with us!

Check out cool old cars at the Concours de’Elegance at San Juan Vineyards
Shop for locally made souvenirs at the Summer Arts Fair

  1. Friday Harbor Fly-in and Concours de’Elegance

Saturday, August 24th will be all about cool wheels and wings on San Juan Island. Friday Harbor Airport hosts their annual Fly-in and open house. Check out vintage and experimental aircraft, motorcycles and more. Enjoy the fly-by’s, go on open cockpit flights, explore exhibits, open hangars, demos, kids activities and pizza.

Meanwhile the Rotary Club of San Juan lsland features their annual car show and Concours d’Elegance at San Juan Vineyard. Classes include: German, American, Other Countries, Custom/Modified/Hot Rod, and Motorcycles. Classes are open entry with all vehicles eligible for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Class, Best in Show, and People’s Choice awards.

Fly in or show off your Hot Rod or just come watch this spectacle of men and women and their machines.

  1. Bioluminescent Sea Kayak Tour

You can enjoy guided kayak tours from early Spring through late Fall on San Juan Island. There are just a few times though, you can go on a bioluminescent sea kayak tour. These amazing, reactive, glow-in-the-dark plankton are most visible after hot days during the new moon. Our friends at San Juan Outfitters offer 3-hour, bioluminescent sea kayak tours on August 28, August 29, August 30, August 31, departing from Roche Harbor at 8:00 PM.

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