2018 Musselfest

MARCH 3rd & 4th 2018

Coupeville’s March tradition delivers “Bold, briny and blue” fun with the world famous Penn Cove Shellfish mussels as the centerpiece.  

Two days of festivities, including boat tours of the shellfish far; a hotly contested chowder tasting tour; FREE children’s activities; mussel eating competitions, music, art and activities for all ages.

Having the Penn Cove Shellfish, sustainable shellfish farm in our cove, growing and shipping mussels (all over our region and the nation), is a source of pride and tasty goodness for Coupeville.  As a community we take care to be good stewards of our land and water, and the farm does too!  

Watch the Martha Stewart’s visit to the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm – here

Where is Coupeville?

Coupeville is on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington.  Our historic district sits right on Penn Cove (part of the Salish Sea) with the Coupeville Wharf as our iconic center piece.  Coupeville is famous for farming; middle school kids making it to National History day championships; historic preservation; hiking; sailing; biking; biking; good food, people, MUSSELS, and being part of Ebey’s National Historical Reserve (under the United States National Parks Service).  There’s more of course.  Come visit.  

Get a map here

SEE YOU at MUSSELFEST 2018 March 3rd and 4th!


Our 2015 recognition from the Washington State Main Street Program (under the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation and the National Main Street Center) is a bonus to our already Coupeville Proud hearts.  

Thank you to our sponsors, members, volunteers and community partners for helping us make MusselFest a great and award winning event.  

Watch Mussel Eating Competition Videos HERE

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Penn Cove Mussel Festival – Credit FusionSparkMedia youtube channel

AA Mussel Fest 2016

PAST Mussel Fest 2016 – Credit Brad Shelli Trumbull youtube channel

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PAST Mussel Fest Eating Contest 2010 – Credit mussel783 youtube channel

Mussel Eating Competition is a hot event EVERY MusselFest.  Get here early and sign up! Limited to 20 participants each day (Saturday, March 4th & Sunday, March 5th)


2017 – Mussels show their might this weekend – Whidbey News Times

2016 Penn Cove MusselFest celebrates 30 years – Whidbey Daily News

2015 – Penn Cove MusselFest Ranked #6 of 16 for Best Food Festival Pacific Northwest City Voter

2013 – Mussel Madness: Coupeville festival draws thousands –Whidbey Examiner

2012 – Mussels meet muscles in Mussel Fest cycling event – Whidbey News Times

2011 – Mussels star this weekend in Coupeville.  News Times Staff 

2005 – Mussels can stand up to bold flavors and are affordable, too – Seattle Post Intelligencer