August 12th and 13th – It’s Arts and Crafts & music fest time


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Historic Coupeville has hosted the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival for over 50 years.  Every year we welcome local artists and makers, and artists and makers from all over our region and country. Come join us for art, food, views and music – August 12th and 13th 2017

Complete list of artists 

Directions to Coupeville

Street closures: Coveland from Post Office to North Main; North Main from NE 9th to Front; Front from Center to Alexander; Alexander from Front to 8th St., and Grace from 8th to Front St.

Goodwill of the Coupeville Festival Association

Community Grants and Scholarships are a big part of the work the Coupeville Festival Association does for Coupeville and Whidbey Island. Annually ten’s of thousand’s of dollars go back into the community directly from the festival association. 

Like Coupeville Festival Association on Facebook

Image credits: Coupeville Festival Association 

Put your phone down while driving in Island County – It’s the law


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Effective today, Sunday July 23, 2017, law enforcement will begin enforcing Washington state Senate Bill 5289 (an E-DUI). Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act.  

Note: MINIMAL use to activate mapping apps, answering phone, etc. OK when your smartphone IS IN dashboard cradle.


When: Behind the wheel, moving or stopped at a stoplight is a $136 fine. Second citation within five years goes up to $236.

Note When pulled over for a moving violation there can be an extra fine of $30 for other types of distractions: grooming, searching through glove compartment, rustling through items on passenger seat, eating, etc, etc. 

Read Washington State Senate Bill 5289-S.PL


Time to get bluetooth and or dashboard cradles for your phone, or pull over in a safe spot when driving in Island County Washington. 

Stay safe while enjoying Whidbey Island. 

Whidbey Island Race Week July 10-14 2017


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July 10-14, 2017  |  Opening Party July 9

Anytime is a great time to be on Penn Cove, but Whidbey Island Race Week is one of the BEST TIMES! A world class sailing event, Race Week welcomes boats, captains and crews from all over the USA and world to the Oak Harbor Marina for a week of fierce racing and fun on Penn Cove.  Thanks and congratulations to Schelleen Rathkopf, Race Week Producer, and her entire crew and sponsors for bringing us another GREAT RACE!

Race Week 2017 – Preliminary Schedule 

Like the Whidbey Island Race Week facebook page

Follow the NEW Whidbey Race Week Twitter page 

Looking for a place to stay or camp on Whidbey for Race Week? Visit our Hotel/B&B page or our Camping page. 

AND let’s face it, pictures say a thousand words. Jan Anderson of Jan Marine Photography covers races all over the Pacific Northwest and country, she especially likes Whidbey Island Race Week. Each of the following photographs will direct you to a slideshow of another year of Whidbey Island Race Week. Enjoy. See you soon! 

2017 Race Week Photos


2015 Race Week Photos

2014 Race Week Photos

July 10-14, 2017 – Opening Night July 9th

4 days of world class racing – 6 nights of great live music – fun for all ages


June 3, 2017 – Coupeville Whale Bell Ceremony


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First Ringing of The Orca Network’s Coupeville Whale Bell

Saturday June 3rd at 3:30pm

on the Coupeville Wharf

After much effort, energy, fundraising, and volunteer hours the Orca Network’s Coupeville Whale Bell will be UNVEILED and rung for the first time this Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 3:30pm

The antique (refurbished) bell, generously donated by Coupeville’s Matt Iverson, will be attached to a carved whale by Coupeville artist Jim Short. The carving was created in Alaskan yellow cedar.  Regional Native American Tribal art and the late Roger Purdue inspired the bell’s carving, and the Whale Wheel at the lands end of the Coupeville Wharf. 

Many thanks to the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Coupeville for their partnership and support! 


First Ringing of The Coupeville Whale Bell

Saturday June 3rd at 3:30pm on the Coupeville Wharf

3:30-3:45pm Shifty Sailors perform

3:45pm: Introductions: Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association’s Executive Director Vickie Chambers 

3:55pm: Official designations: Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes

4:05pm: Significance to Penn Cove: Orca Network’s Susan Berta

4:15pm   Group photo and symbolic ringing of the bell

NOTE: The Whale Bell is NOT THE SAME bell that was ripped off from the bench in front of Elkhorn Trading Company 15 Front St NW in Coupeville, Washington. IF you know of anything about the theft of that bell you can visit Elkhorn (15 Front St.) or call (360) 678-2250.

2017 Coupeville Memorial Day Parade – May 27th – 11am start


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Join all of Whidbey Island

for the

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce

Annual Memorial Day Parade, Concert and Picnic

Saturday – May 27 @ 11:00 AM2:00 PM

Parade route will start from Birch and Main Street’s in Coupeville, run up Main (towards the cove), down Front Street, up Alexander and then up Coveland to the Town Park.  Once at town park there will be a concert and picnic.

Coupeville takes great pride in being the county seat of Island County Washington and honoring all those who’ve served from our county, our state and country. Our WWI Memorial (located at the Island County General Services building) and our Veteran’s Memorial (located at the Island County Court House) are constant reminders of the heroic efforts and actions of our citizens over many decades.

NOTE: Coupeville’s North Main Street at Hwy 20 will be closed at 11. Get into town by 11am


Coupeville Chamber of Commerce 

Annual Memorial Day Parade, Concert and Picnic

Saturday – May 27 @ 11:00 AM2:00 PM

SUNDAY – MAY 29th  3pm – 4:30pm

Memorial Day Heritage Tour of Sunnyside Cemetery

Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery Memorial Day Weekend Heritage Tour

Ebey’s Reserve Preservation Coordinator, SARAH STEEN, will introduce you to – and share stories of – some of the first residents of Whidbey Island.  A special hour-long tour will illuminate why this place of peace ranks high among Washington’s most important territorial burial grounds.  Her special program follows a Memorial Day clean up of Sunnyside Historic grave markers.

 SUNDAY, MAY 28 at 3:00pm

 Tour passes $8.00.

Available from the Island County Museum (908 NW Alexander St, Coupeville – mapor at the tour.  

Space is limited – Advance Purchase is recommended  

All proceeds benefit the Island County Museum.

Passes & information: 360-678-3310