5 Seriously Cool Autumn Art Events in Friday Harbor

With three museums, nine galleries and over 20 eateries within walking distance to our Bird Rock Hotel, it’s hard to miss San Juan Island’s rich art, music and food culture. The best events though happen in Autumn, when the leaves turn and the isle exhales after a busy Summer.

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1) Friday Harbor Film Festival - October 21-23, 2022

The acclaimed Friday Harbor Film Festival features the latest regional and environmental documentaries. This will be the first in-person film fest since 2019. Films are shown all over walkable Friday Harbor with time for dessert and cocktail breaks in the cute local restaurants and bars in between. Treat yourself to the opening grand gala at the community theatre and mingle with the stars. Our Bird Rock Hotel is a sponsor of this fantastic event.

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2) Fall Family Art Days - every Saturday at San Juan Museum of Art

Pick up your free, captivating, original art making kits at our local art museum every Saturday between 11:00am and 1:00pm and get creative as a family. On the menu for October are a house and theater set, a space port, bobble heads and more.

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3) Fall Play at the San Juan Community Theatre – Mauritius

Treat yourself to an evening of live theater just two blocks from the Bird Rock Hotel. “Mauritius” by Theresa Rebeckis is about two half-sisters trying to sell their Mom’s stamp collection after she dies. Don’t miss this juicy and gripping story performed by our talented islanders.

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4) Ceramics Class at Alchemy Art Center

Take a one day or one weekend pottery making class at this lovely art center in the woods, complete with geodome event space, dark room and communal ceramic studio. Art and nature at its finest.

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5) Play at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

This 40-acre sculpture park with five trails winding around beautiful Westcott Bay, the forest and a natural lake is open year-round for its fun interactive displays. Carve your name into the Friendship Totem and feel connected to people all over the world. Have the kids create something at the starfish project, a giant sandbox filled with art supplies. Have a picnic next to your favorite sculpture. Well-behaved pups are welcome.

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