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2014’s Penn Cove Water Festival continues our renewed focus on the cultural history of the region, and once again brings back all time favorite performers, new performers, and the fun, family atmosphere that is unique to the festival.

The Penn Cove Water Festival features annual tribal canoe races, Native arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, artist demonstrations, authentic Native foods, children’s activities, and exhibits and displays. First celebrated in 1930, the Penn Cove Water Festival is a long held tradition on Whidbey.

RogerPurdueGraceThis year the festival will be dedicated to the late Roger Purdue (1938-2013).


For two decades Roger created the beautiful artwork for the Penn Cove Water Festival poster. Of Tsimshian heritage, Roger grew up on Orcas Island where he developed a deep love for nature, salmon and whales. Moving to Whidbey as a young man, Roger was a teacher in Oak Harbor, and after retiring celebrated his Northwest Native heritage in his artwork and carvings. His generosity to the Penn Cove Water Festival and to the community will never be forgotten, and his beautiful, creative depictions of nature will live on forever.

PCWF14RACKCARD2scaledThe festival will kick off on Friday, May 9 with a Storytelling event by Lou Labombard at the Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville. MAP

Festival day, Saturday, May 10th, enjoy tribal boat races, story telling, music, dancing and the Native Spirit Art Show at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. MAP

NOTE: the Native Spirit Art Show will hold over for Sunday, May 11th, too.

Regional and Canadian Tribes participating in the boat races will be: Nooksack Tribe; Swinomish Tribe; Makah Tribe; Lummi Tribe; Skowkale Band of Sto:lo First Nation Chehalis, BC and the Skwah Band Chilliwack Landing, BC

<Click Waterfest poster for a full line up of festival activities

Including activities for children

Contributions to the Penn Cove Water Festival by many individuals and organizations, both financially and as volunteers, are appreciated by the festival organizers. If you would like to help in any way, or make a contribution visit the Penn Cove Water Festival Association website for a list of contacts.