2022 Musselfest

2022 – March 4, 5 & 6


Things were a little different for MUSSELFEST 2021


Every March for decades we’ve held the MusselFest in Coupeville on the first weekend in March. 2021 was not so lucky. At that time, we held a mussel chowder invitational for mussel loving visitors to go local restaurants and enjoy Penn Cove grown mussel dishes.We also produced a Mussels in March T-Shirt and poster for all the collectors. ALL restaurants maintained COVID safety protocols and a good time was had by those who came down to the historic waterfront throughout March. 

Pending the state of covid and guidance from the state and county, we plan to hold the 2022 MusselFest on March 4th, 5th and 6th. Lite your candles and keep your thoughts towards 2022 being still safe for outdoor events. 

MusselFest is an annual celebration of the delicious and award winning mussels grown right here in Coupeville by the Penn Cove Shellfish. Every March for 30 plus years this ‘bold, briny and blue’ tradition has been a favorite Washington festival.

Two days of festivities

Hotly contested chowder tasting tour with 16 recipes

Boat tours of the Penn Cove Shellfish farm


Free Chef Demos

FREE children’s activities

More music

Food and fun for all ages.


MusselFest images from 1000’s of sources

Volunteer with MusselFest

Purchase past MusselFest Posters we have in stock


Photo Credit: G. Samelson

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 Reserve.   

Get a map here


MusselFest Videos

Watch Mussel Eating Competition Videos HERE

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.  



2020 – Escape cabin fever: Get out to Musselfest… – Seattle PI

2020 – This Washington Island Town Is Hosting A Mouthwatering Mussel Fest – Narcity USA

2020 – Musselfest to kick off with Friday Mingle – Whidbey News Times

2019 – Musselfest madness – Whidbey News Times 

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 Event – Real 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 trail – USA Today

2015 – Musselfest 2015 – Enjoying the Fruits of the Sea – Mr. 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 riches – Seattle 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 Festival – The Everett Herald 

2009 – Chowder Competition Draws Throng to MusselFest – Whidbey 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 Beach – South Whidbey Record 

SEE YOU at MUSSELFEST 2021 – March 6th & 7th