It could be argued that the best way to experience a region is through its food, and there’s no shortage of local bounty in the San Juan Islands. You’re invited to indulge your senses at the 14th annual Savor the San Juans event, back in full force after going virtual in 2020.  

“We celebrate the bounty of the islands with music, farm tours, brew fests and wine tastings, specialty harvest dinners, and more,” says Erin Wygant, digital marketing and outreach manager for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. “Savor the San Juans is a time for residents and visitors to come together and honor these special islands and the stories they hold.” 

The month of October is packed full of delicious festivities, marking the turn of the season as well as the culmination of summertime agriculture. Visitors at restaurants and markets can expect plenty of fall flavors such as squashes, pumpkin, and apples. There’s no shortage of libations either, and drinks range from fresh cider to cocktails made with locally grown lavender.  

They will be working with local artists to incorporate live entertainment, art installations, and hands-on activities at stops along their tours. 

Film lovers, mark your calendars for the Orcas Island Film Festival (Oct. 7-11) and the Friday Harbor Film Festival (Oct. 14-24). Attendees have the exciting opportunity to see internationally acclaimed films — many of which are award contenders — before their official release. The Friday Harbor Film Festival also offers options for online streaming.  

With so much goodness to look forward to, it’s no wonder that Savor the San Juans is often heralded as a feast for the senses. Head to for more information and a full calendar of events. -Cocoa Laney