How to Best Savor the San Juans

Posted on September 16, 2019

If you have ever lived in a place with seasonal tourism you’ll know: the exhale after the high season is over, the giddiness of the first rain after the Summer, the gratefulness resulting from the earth's changing position in regard to the sun. We San Juan Islanders created a month-long celebration around this feeling and call it Savor the San Juans. From September 21 to November 9, we revel in all things Fall – wine tastings, Oktoberfest, farm tours, the Fall Farm Parade, delicious food events, art, music and film festivals, and of course Lodging Specials. Pick the event which inspires your senses and come exhale with us!

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  • 10/12: Oktoberfest

Don’t miss San Juan Brewing’s authentic Oktoberfest celebration, complete with Festbier, German food, costume contest, stein holding contest and live music. Prost!

  • 10/13: Kitchen Boot Camp: All about Lamb

Have COHO Restaurant’s famous chefs teach you basic butchery and the best cooking methods for the perfect leg of lamb, lamb chops and lamb shoulder, as well as seasoning and preparing delicious seasonal Fall sides.

  • 10/17: Oak Seedling Planting

Spend a day planting tiny oak trees on Phelps Preserve to help build habitat for the Western Blue Bird and the Marple Butterfly with the likeminded souls of the San Juan Preservation Trust and the San Juan County Landbank.

  • 10/25-27 Friday Harbor Film Festival

The acclaimed Friday Harbor Film Festival shows over 30 documentaries about the Pacific Rim and beyond in 4 venues throughout Friday Harbor. An opening night gala and a closing night award ceremony will be held at the charming Community Theatre. Meander from movie to movie with desert and cocktail breaks in between, meet the filmmakers and be inspired.

  • 10/27: Bite of the San Juans

Experience the abundance and incredible taste of island grown and made food and libations at Brickworks, in the heart of Friday Harbor, (bites start at $3 )where you can nibble in between Film Festival showings or while you wait for the ferry

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But wait, there is more:

From September 27 through December 9, San Juan Island Museum of Art is hosting “Food for Thought”, an exhibition exploring the connection between food security and climate change.

San Juan Island Sculpture Park, open year-round, added many new sculptures to their array this year.

The San Juan Island Farmer’s Market, an absolute must-do in Fall, is held every Saturday at Brickworks from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

Renowned Farm-to-Table restaurant COHO is hosting themed, 5-course wine dinners on 9/27, 10/11 & 10/26.

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