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August 9 – 12th at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:00 p.m. at Whittier Theatre
$5.00-9.00. Length: approx. 90 mins
The young “campers” at SJCT’s Musical Theatre Camp** this year get to bring a beloved story and its infectious music to the stage. The three-week day camp for experienced young actors culminates in four performances of James and the Giant Peach, Jr.—Timothy Allen McDonald’s offbeat adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story about a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey.
The book has been a popular staple in elementary school reading programs, and SJCT’s Youth and Family Theatre Director Penelope Haskew says: “It will be fun for the kids to inhabit all those different roles they are so familiar with.” Camp music director Jamie Mountford is enthusiastic about the play as well. She says the campers [and audiences] will be thrilled with the music, written by the Tony, Oscar, and Golden Globe-winning team of Benj Pasik and Justin Paul. “Every song is different; each has its own flavor, rhythms, and harmonies,” said Jamie.

SJCT Summer Film Series: Soufra

Tuesday, August 14th  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Whittier Theatre. Donation only.
Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side and form beautiful friendships while running this thriving business.

San Juan County Fair

August 15- 18 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds (846 Argyle Ave. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
All Day
The San Juan County Fair is where the islands come together for four summer days and celebrate the traditions and talents of their communities; with plenty of fun for the whole family.  Take a deep breath when walking through the Floral displays, enjoy home-made pie, indulge in a mix of local and regional talent from family programming to nightly entertainment.

SJCT Summer Film Series: Dark Money

Tuesday, August 21st  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Whittier Theatre. Donation only.
Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-Team).

Three Grandads and a Tenor & Brograss

Thursday, August 23rd  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Gubleman Theatre and Steele Memorial Garden. $13/ticket
SJCT’s summer Night Music series marks its seventh year showcasing island talents in the intimate setting of our Gubelman Theatre and Steele Memorial patio garden.

Three Grandads and a Tenor 

The Three Grandads and a Tenor Quartet was started in January 2017 and has been singing a Capella and entertaining San Juan Island audiences ever since. On August 23 in the Gubelman, the Quartet will greatly expand its repertoire focusing on “The Many Faces of Romance”. The quartet features Farhad Ghatan as tenor, Nason Hamlin as lead, Doug Rowan as baritone and Merle Turman as bass.


Tashi (16) and Kaj  (14) Litch are brothers living on Orcas Island Washington. Their musical lives began with the local weekly Irish session along with Suzuki violin from the age of 5. Tashi was given his first mandolin at the age of 9 and began busking with it 10 minutes later with Kaj playing fiddle. They were spotted by Brandi Carlile and invited to play with her at Benaroya Hall to a standing ovation. Kaj added the guitar at the age of 9 and quickly fell in love with it. They have been lucky enough to study and play with many of their heroes, Liz Caroll, Chris Eldridge, David Grisman to name a few. They discovered Bluegrass through the music of Skaggs and Rice and this journey began.

Friday Harbor Wings & Wheels Fly-In

Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Friday Harbor Airport (800 Franklin Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free admission

Get up close and personal with vintage and experimental aircraft, motorcycles and more. Enjoy a fly by or two. Exhibits, open hangars, demos, and food will keep the family entertained for the day. Brought to you in part by Kenmore Air and Kenmore Aero Services, you’ll be able to get inside a 9 passenger Cessna Caravan.


MAGIC NOW starring Matthew Laslo

Saturday, August 25th  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Whittier Theatre. $15/ticket

Magician, Matthew Laslo makes his annual return to the Whittier stage with new illusions and stories from his world travels.
Born on Orcas Island, Matthew Laslo is 17-years-old and one of the youngest magicians on the international circuit. He is an award-winning magician who performs both close-up and grand illusions that has thrilled audiences worldwide. He is an accomplished performer who brings a youthful, innovative approach to the art of magic. Laslo made his national television debut on CW network’s “PENN & TELLER: FOOL US” and impressed the duo with his originality and showmanship. In January of 2018, he was invited to perform for Chinas #1 television show, “The Amazing Magicians,” where he wowed 270 million viewers.
Magic Now is Laslo’s illusion show which is filled with humor, awe, and wonder with lots of audience participation. Joining him is his lovely and talented assistant Maria Bullock. Laslo sums it up by saying, “I think it’s important for people to believe that anything is possible and be inspired to dream big. I hope that my show will do that”.


SJCT Summer Film Series: Faces Places

Tuesday, August 28th  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Whittier Theatre. Donation only.
89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.


Birds of Chicago

Saturday, September 1st  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Whittier Theatre.
Adults $25
Under 25 $15
Student RUSH (at door only) $5
Recorded against a backdrop of political division and dread, Love in Wartime, the 2018 release from Americana darlings Birds of Chicago, is a rock’n’soul suite under the influence of the epic music generated by artists of the ’60’s and ’70’s. Known for their “near perfect Americana” (No Depression), JT Nero and Allison Russell had recently finished recording the sprawling rock and roll circus of an album, but Nero had a suite of six songs that didn’t feel quite at home on Love in Wartime. Having recently relocated to Nashville, they decided to throw themselves their own welcome to town party by recording an acoustic E.P. at Steve Dawson’s Henhouse Studio. New friends like Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, and Maya de Vitry of The Stray Birds got in on the fun, and the Birds emerged after a couple days with the raw, spontaneous, and warm American Flowers. The E.P. is Love in Wartime’s cousin from the country, and it rounds out Birds of Chicago’s offering of healing, communion and celebration of life in a dark and troubled time.

SJCT Summer Film Series: Dirtbag

Tuesday, September 4th  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Whittier Theatre. Donation only.
Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake.
The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations with his monumental first ascents, eloquent books and the lifestyle he fearlessly pioneered, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film. There is only one Fred Beckey. His legacy in the mountains will live on forever.

Playwrights Festival

September 6-8th at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. on Thurs-Sat and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in Gubleman Theatre. $15/ticket

San Juan Island Farm Tour

September 9, 2018 at Brickworks (150 Nichols St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The San Juan Island Farm Tour is a unique opportunity to visit farms on the island. Join us for the 2018 San Juan Farm Tour and discover the local bounty!


Up Close: Voices of our Elders

September 13-16th  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Gubleman Theatre. $17

Up Close brings the stories, wisdom, artistry, and humor of Island elders to the stage.
Composer and pianist Grisha Krivchenia has teamed up with SJCT to present such stories in Friday Harbor. “I had the great privilege of writing original songs with hospice patients in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was very keen to write songs with and for my Island community, ” said Grisha.  “Our elders have powerful words to share from a lifetime of experience, and a song delivers their messages beautifully.”


Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew!

September 15, 2018 on San Juan Island various routes
Bike 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. &  Brew 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The San Juan Lions Foundation in Friday Harbor is pleased to announce our next annual fundraising event: Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew. This event brings together visitors with local islanders on a fun biking tour of the island followed by an evening of relaxing and microbrew-tasting.


They Call Me Q: One Woman Show

Friday, September 21st  at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:30 p.m. in Whittier Theatre.
Adults $22
Student Reserved $15
Student RUSH (at door only) $5

Proclaimed “A Theatrical Force” by the Orlando Weekly for her uncanny embodiment of 13 characters, Qurrat Ann Kadwani searches for identity in her autobiographical one-woman show. THEY CALL ME Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and acceptance into the American culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her Indian parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, Indian and African-American friends.  Broadway World DC states Ms. Kadwani has “an undeniable talent for accents and gives the audience a theatrical experience that it will remember far after the show.”  Laden with heart and abundant humor, a coming of age tale that the Montreal Gazette says is “witty, polished, inspiring,” THEY CALL ME Q gives voice to all the universal struggles for identity and self-understanding that are experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.




Roccafiore Winemakers Dinner at Coho Restaurant

Friday, October 5th at Coho Restaurant (120 Nichols St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
Single seating at 6:00 p.m
$75/person, seating limited

Join Coho Restaurant for an Italian fall harvest dinner featuring Umbrian “farmhouse” wines. Think pumpkin risotto, duck, braises, mushrooms and vino rosso. We are pleased to welcome back Jack Chase from Maritime Wine Trading Company. He will introduce us to the wines from the Roccafiore winery and Leonardo and Luca. This father son team planted the vineyard and built the winery based on their deep bond for the landscape and hills of Todi. These certified organic and food-friendly wines are made with traditional Italian varietals including grechetto, trebbiano, sangiovese, multipulciano, multipulciano. Leonardo and his son Luca are committed to sustainable wine making techniques as they have a long standing respect for the centuries old ecologic balance of the landscape. Their wine is the liquid witness of their commitment that wine making begins in the vineyard.

This dinner will kick off our fall Savor the San Juan dinner series. Chef Payne will prepare a 5 course Italian dinner paired with their wines. These evenings are always memorable and sell out fast!

Directing: Basics & Beyond

Wednesdays, October 17th – December 5th (no class on November 28) at the San Juan Community Theatre (100 2nd St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in SJCT Conference Room
Ages 18+ for $195

Gain the confidence you need to take your first steps into directing, or expand the skills you’ve gained from prior experience! This class is for beginners and advanced directors alike. You’ll learn the basics of staging, etiquette, and production while delving into more advanced topics like how a director conceptualizes what goes on stage, working with designers and actors, the casting process, and more!


Orcas Project Winemakers Dinner at Coho Restaurant

Friday, October 12th at Coho Restaurant (120 Nichols St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
Single seating at 6:00 p.m
$75/person, seating limited

Join sommelier Cole Sisson, founder of the ‘The Orcas Project” for a  wine dinner featuring their special production wines. Cole, a native of Orcas Island, and his wife Stephanie collaborate with acclaimed winemakers and vineyards in the Pacific Northwest to produce small private projects of 50-150 cases. These food-friendly wines feature labels designed by Orcas Island Artist Carlin Hayworth. Each animal on the label corresponds to a different winemaker in the project.

Spire Collection Educational Seminar & Wine Dinner

Friday, October 19th at Coho Restaurant (120 Nichols St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
Seminar at 5:00 and single dinner seating at 6:00 p.m
Pre-dinner seminar is $25. Those that attend the seminar will receive a $25 credit toward wine purchase. Dinner is $55/person and $50 for the optional wine pairing.

Please join us for lively evening of wines hosted by San Juan Island native, Travis Morrissey, manager of the Spire Collection of Wines. The wines of the Spire Collection express the unparalleled terroir from some of the finest vineyards around the world. This is a truly impressive portfolio featuring wines from Oregon to Bordeaux, California to Tuscany. The wineries in the collection are committed to honoring tradition in wine making, integrity in the vineyards and, ultimately, quality in the glass. We’ll travel the world exploring our neighbors to the south, tasting 5 wines paired with Chef Tim’s fall harvest dishes.

Chef Tim will prepare some tasty nibbles to enjoy during the seminar portion of the evening. The pre-dinner seminar is $25 and begins at 5:00. Those that attend the seminar will receive a $25 credit toward the purchase of 5 bottles of wines. These evenings are always memorable and sell out!


Eat Island Grown- Tasting Event

Sunday, October 28th at Brickworks (150 Nichols St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $2
More information at:

You’re invited to an Island Grown Tasting Event showcasing San Juan Islands chefs, and the farmers that make that food possible! Using fresh, quality products from San Juan County farms, local chefs will prepare delicious samples for you to enjoy. Come for a bite or make a meal of it. Locally produced soft and alcoholic beverages will make it a full gourmet adventure. Proceeds benefit programs of the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.


Ongoing Events:

San Juan Island Farmers Market:

Every Saturday at Brickworks (150 Nichols St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Kids Summer Drop Off Camp

June 15 – September 7 at A Place to Play (55 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$10/hour per child
Our enriching environment will provide hours of creative, imaginative, educational and social play for kids ages 2 1/2 – 10 years old, while you take some time to yourselves to shop, eat, sightsee or explore the island.

Music in the Park

Saturdays June 30 – Sept. 1 at the Port of Friday Harbor
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Free admission

Yoga Classes

Sundays & Thursdays May 13 – Dec. 30 at Alchemy Arts Center (1255 Wold Rd. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (on Sundays)  & 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (on Thursdays)
Suggested Donation $8-$12
More details: Call 360-622-8581

San Juan Island Museum of Art: Conversations With Gee’s Bend

Thursday-Monday May 25-September 3 (at 540 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$10. Free to members & 18 and under. Mondays are “Pay As You Can” days.
More details:

Island Stage Left: “The Tempest”

July 19 – August 12 (at 1062 Wold Rd. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
Thursdays-Sundays 8:00 p.m.
Admission free. Donations appreciated

Wild San Juan Lecture Series

Thursday, August 23: A critter’s eye view of your house

Thursday, September 20: Rat poison and raptors

7:00 p.m. at the Whale Museum (52 Spring St. N. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)

Summer Family Art Days 2018

Most Saturdays June 16 – August 25 at San Juan Island Museum of Art (540 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250)
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Free, donations are appreciated
Children and families create fun-tastic works with local artists at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.  Family Arts Days are a summertime island tradition, where local artists teach island crafts in a fresh outdoor setting. For children ages 12 and under accompanied by their family.

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