2020 Musselfest


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 farm; a hotly contested chowder tasting tour; FREE children’s activities; mussel eating competitions, music, art and activities for all ages.

MusselFest website

MusselFest facebook pagegreat pics of MusselFest are there! 

2020 poster – we ship   

Volunteer with MusselFest

Coupeville is on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington.  Our historic district sits right on the shores of Penn Cove (part of the Salish Sea) with the Coupeville Wharf as our iconic center piece.  

Coupeville is part of Ebey’s National Historical ReserveCome visit.  

Get a map here



SEE YOU IN 2020 – MARCH 7th and 8th! 


MUSSELFEST PICTURES from countless sources.

Seatac Shuttle spreads the mussel love from Whidbey to Seattle. They also provide transportation to all the Mussel Chowder Contest Restaurants not located in historic downtown Coupeville. Love the Seatac Shuttle! 

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

PAST Mussel Fest 2016 – Credit Brad Shelli Trumbull youtube channel

AA Mussel Fest 2016

PAST 2013 Mussel Fest Flash Mob dance – Credit Blue Goose Inn Bed and Breakfast youtube channelScreen Shot 2016-06-03 at 9.28.17 AM

Watch Mussel Eating Competition Videos HERE

Mussel Eating Competition is a hot event EVERY MusselFest.  Get here early and sign up! Limited to 20 participants each day 

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.  



2018 – Coupeville shows its mussel might. Musselfest attracts record visitorsWhidbey News Times

2018 – The Penn Cove Musselfest: How to eat well and walk it off. Seattle PI

2018 – MusselFest harvests tastes and tourism Whidbey News Times 

2018 – After a near disaster, Whidbey Island can still celebrate the mussel. KOMO News

2017 – Penn Cove Mussel Fest: Whidbey Island’s Musselicious EventReal Food Traveler 

2017 – Mussels show their might this weekend Whidbey News Times

2016 – Mussel mania kicks off for twentieth year in Coupeville South Whidbey Record

2016 Penn Cove MusselFest celebrates 30 years – Whidbey Daily News

2015 – Blue gold: Troll Whidbey Island’s mussel trailUSA Today

2015 – Musselfest 2015 – Enjoying the Fruits of the SeaMr. and Mrs. Smith Go to Washington

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

2013 – Put on a pot of mussels and relish our local richesSeattle Times 

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 

2010 – Make merry at the Penn Cove Mussel FestivalThe Everett Herald 

2009 – Chowder Competition Draws Throng to MusselFestWhidbey News Times 

2009 – Cold weather doesn’t faze mussel eatersWhidbey News Times 

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

2002 – For one weekend a year Coupeville is Mussel BeachSouth Whidbey Record 

SEE YOU at MUSSELFEST 2020 – March 7th & 8th