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

2017 ~ Penn Cove Water Festival


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Not a year goes by we aren’t proud to be a sponsor of the Penn Cove Water Festival’s Tribal Canoe Races here in Coupeville. Who wouldn’t be proud (and happy) about a Saturday of fun competition, food, music, storytelling, dancing, art, children’s activities and history in Coupeville.

The Penn Cove Water Festival Association is an ALL volunteer historic non- profit organization, keeping historic native canoe racing alive in Coupeville. 


Visit the Penn Cove Water Festival site

for line up of tribal teams, races, children’s activities, dancing, music, story telling and much more about this family friendly and historic event.

If you would like to Sponsor a 2018 Race or volunteer please contact the Penn Cove Water Festival Association at penncovewaterfestival@gmail.com 2017 Canoe Races and Sponsors

1) Single Woman Race – Jerry Saia (Coupeville Inn)

2) Single Man Race – John Weber (Nahma Investments)

3) Mixed Doubles Race – Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship – In honor of Gary Piazzon

4) 6 Junior Buckskin Race – Orca Network & the Langley Whale Center – In Honor of “J2/Granny”

5) 6 Buckskin Race – Susan Berta & Howard Garrett

6) 6 Woman Race – Molly McPhearson

7) 6 Man race – Harold Anderson & Terry Bible

8) 11 Jr. Buckskin Race – Coupeville Lions Club

9) 11 Buckskin Race – Vern & Martha Olsen and Vicky & Ricardo Reyes

10) 11 Woman Race – Penn Cove Shellfish

11) 11 Man race – Ervin Knezek & David Bieniek

Family Canoe – The Crow’s Roost
Family Canoes can be seen at the boat launch or out on Penn Cove as they paddle and perform their protocol during the day. They may also come to the Wharf at Front Street and offer rides in their Canoes.

Travel Money for the first 10 Eleven Man Canoes to arrive supported by: Sue & Pat Waters, bayleaf, Coupe’s Last Stand, Jenne Farm, Jan Picard, Penn Cove Water Festival Association, Michael Ferri, Jim Sherman, Gary Piazzon, and The Crow’s Roost.



Job Posting – Annual MusselFest Coordinator


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UPDATE: May 18, 2017: Resume’ submission deadline extended to MAY 24th!  

Email your resume and cover letter today: Coupeville Historic Waterfront email

The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is seeking a Musselfest Event Coordinator

Job Description 

Our non-profit organization is looking for an event planner or event planning company to organize and execute a successful local festival. This festival show cases all that Coupeville has to offer. We celebrate our local Penn Cove Mussels as we also welcome event-goers to explore and enjoy all of Coupeville’s businesses.

Responsibilities and Duties
The planner will be responsible for representing Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association while organizing all aspects of Musselfest. Including being present for the full event weekend, from set up to take down. The candidate will also be charged with working closely with CHWA’s executive director, CHWA’s board members as well as the leads of the local partners and sponsors of the festival.

– Develops projected budget for approval.
– Works within budgetary framework.
– Selects vendors based on budgetary constraints and/or past experiences.
– Develops actual budget for inclusion in post-event report to CHWA.

– Attend monthly board meetings.
– Commits to dedicated time lines.
– Secures required permits and licenses from the town, county, and state.
– works with the town businesses and organizations to assure their involvement.
– Seeks out new talent and entertainment.
– Acquires a graphic artist to design the current year art work.
– Secures use of streets, parking lots, and town buildings.

Media Relations:
– Secure traditional media ( print, radio, TV)
Including press releases.
– Social Media: Updates website. Utilizes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to promote the event.


– Seeks out, and utilizes cost-effective ways to promote Musselfest.

Develop promotional materials:
– Annual chowder tasting mug
– Annual Festival Poster
– Save the date post card
– website banner
– rack cards
– beer glass art
– ferry posters
– coasters
– bus ad
– magazine ad
– ferry electronic poster
– t-shirt / merchandise art
– brochure of festival events

Skills required:
Experience in collaborating with a non-profit organization.

Able to trouble-shoot and resolve conflicts while representing the organization.

Experience in planning and organizing promotional materials/working with a graphic illustrator.

Knowledgeable about current social media and web design.

Self-starter who requires little, or no supervision to meet goals.

Experience in creating visually pleasing gathering areas while acknowledging the uniqueness of a small town.

Able to attend community functions to network and identify potential opportunities and volunteer groups.

Prior knowledge of Musselfest and Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association would be helpful.

Deadline: May 8, 2017

Application Procedure. Qualified and eligible employees who wish to apply for this position should send cover letter and resume to:

Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association
PO Box 121
Coupeville, WA 98239.

OR send to: Coupevillehistoricwaterfrontassociation@hotmail.com

All applicants will be contacted no later than May 18, 2017 regarding the status of their application.

April 15, 2017 – Coupeville Farmers’ Market OPENS


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What could be a better sign winter is over and spring is in full swing, but the Opening Day of the Coupeville Farmers Market!

MAY 15, 2017 – 10am OPENING BELL RINGS 

Opening day of the Coupeville Farmers Market is one of the most exciting days of the year in Coupeville.It’s a family friendly day on the town green with your favorite farmers, artists, nurseries, food vendors and friends.  Come shop; have reunions with farmers and makers; discuss the weather (including tales of winter woe); hear about new produce plantings and harvest times; enjoy lunch; music and each other.  We’re IN!

MusselFest ’17 – OUR SPONSORS ROCK


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MusselFest sponsors help make Mussel Festival weekend fun, safe and family friendly for residents, visitors and businesses alike. Sponsorships insure we have ample reserves for all necessary equipment, fees, permits and supplies. Along with volunteers our sponsors ROCK.



SeaTac Shuttle – THANK YOU! 


Front Street Realty – THANK YOU!


 Front Street Grill


Blue Fox Prints (parent company: Blue Fox Drive-In) 

Please support local businesses who support our community.  Many of our sponsors support and underwrite many organizations and events.  We are proud they choose us to boost up.   MusselFest and our entire community benefit!   

Specifics: Front Street Realty Sponsors Children’s Activities!  Front Street Grill provides 100 free Penn Cove Shellfish Farm boat tour tickets each festival day (first 100 children with one paying adult. Ticket desk INSIDE the Coupeville Rec Hall).  Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle sponsors Chowder Competition travel. Blue Fox Prints sponsors general fund. 



MUSSELFEST POSTERS AND ALL MUSSELFEST MERCHANDISE will be sold at Festival Headquarters during the festival.  

MUSSELFEST merchandise is NOW available at the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce.  905 NW Alexander St, Coupeville, WA 98239   360-678-5434 

  • 2017 Poster — $5 
  • Prior year posters (2009-2016) — $5 
  • MusselFest Tattoo — $1 
  • 2017 T-Shirts — $20 
  • 2017 Hooded Sweatshirts — $40 
  • MusselFest Women’s V-Neck 
  • T-shirts — $20 
  • MusselFest Full Zip Sweatshirt — $40 
  • MusselFest 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt – $45
  • MusselFest Kid’s T-shirts — $15 
  • MusselFest Trucker ball caps — $20 
  • MusselFest ball caps — $20 
  • MusselFest knit beanies — $15

Prices will be the same at the festival merchandise table.


To be a future Musselfest sponsor of the general fund or a particular aspect or activity contact us at 360-222-3696.