Savor the San Juans: A Medley of Food, Art & Culture

October signals the start of a new, annual month-long festival in Washington state's San Juan Islands

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October signals the start of a new, annual month-long movable feast for the senses in Washington state's San Juan Islands. With the theme of “Savor the San Juans," the celebration features special events, dining-out deals, winemaker dinners, cooking classes, art gallery happenings, theater performances and presentations. Clients can enjoy in a medley of culinary and cultural choices on the islands of Lopez, Orcas and San Juan, along with lodging specials and packages.

To date, “Savor the San Juans” will feature the following highlights:

Oct. 1-15  Island Museum of Art presents a John Heric sculpture exhibit, San Juan Island

Oct. 3  Joy of Soy: cooking class with Cynthia Burke, San Juan Public Library

Oct. 4  Harvest Festival: San Juan Vineyards

Oct. 4 San Juan Community Theatre presents Tom Rush in Concert

Oct. 4 Savory Farms & Healthy Habitats, San Juan Nature  Institute culinary extravaganza

Oct. 4-5  Artstock:  Second Annual San Juan Island Fall Festival of the Arts

Oct. 4, 11 and 18 Farmer’s Markets and Historic Friday Harbor Walking Tours, San Juan Island

Oct. 4-26  Waterworks Gallery presents David Ridgway and Lisa Gilley, Friday Harbor

Oct. 5    Orcas Center presents the Seattle Chamber Players

Oct. 10  An Evening with Chef Tom French, San Juan Public Library

Oct. 12  Oktoberfest:  San Juan County Fairgrounds, Friday Harbor

Oct. 12  Octoberfest Dance at the Oddfellows Hall, Orcas Island

Oct. 12, 19 and 26  Kids Discover While Adults Dine, The Funhouse, Orcas Island

Oct. 18  The Magic and Necessity of Bees, San Juan Nature Institute

Oct. 18     Orcas Center Presents Carolyn Cruso and Jessica Williams

Oct. 25  Mushroom ID and Collection, San Juan Nature Institute

Oct. 25  Historic Friday Harbor Walking Tour, San Juan Island

Oct. 26  Cooking Wild Mushrooms, San Juan Nature Institute

Restaurants participating in a “3 Courses/$30” promotion include the Bay Café and Lopez Islander Bay Resort on Lopez Island; Doe Bay Café and Rosario Resort and Spa on Orcas Island; and Backdoor Kitchen, Coho Restaurant (also presenting winemakers dinners Oct. 3, 11 and 17), Duck Soup Inn, Steps Wine Bar and Café, The Place Bar and Grill and Vinny’s Ristorante on San Juan Island.

For a complete list of accommodations providing packages during the celebration, plus additions to the calendar, visit the website of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau,