Although the May 2021 in-person Penn Cove Water Festival has been cancelled, in its place we will have a Virtual Water Festival event during Orca Month in June, partnering with Orca Network.

(See Penn Cove Water Festival for details.)

March 9 is Billy Frank Jr. Day. Please join the Western Washington treaty tribes in remembering this legendary man and his lifelong battle for salmon and treaty fishing rights. There is a bill currently going through Washington legislation to commemorate Billy Frank Jr. with a statue in the U.S. Capitol. Click HERE to learn more.

For more information and videos about Billy Frank Jr. and his life’s work please click HERE.

Special Events - 2019

On Friday, May 15 at 7:30pm at the Pacific Rim Institute (180 Parker Rd, just off Highway 20), Lou LaBombard, (see bio) member of the Seneca Nation and the Penn Cove Water Festival Association, will tell stories from Native American oral traditions including the Northwest Coastal groups, that will keep the entire family enthralled.

Pacific Rim Institute

Lowland Prairie was managed and utilized by the Native Americans for thousands of years. Today, native prairie is Washington State's fastest disappearing ecosystem. Come and tour a remnant of this prairie at the Pacific Rim Institute. The prairie will be in full bloom and we can't wait to share it with you. Naturalists will take you off trail into the heart of the prairie and tell you about the natural history, the present state and the future plans for native lowland prairie here at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship. Click here for Directions to Pacific Rim Institute.

Island County Museum

The Island County Museum, located at the foot of the historic Coupeville Wharf, will be open (admission by donation) during the Water Festival. The museum interprets 120,000 years of Island County History: from an Ice Age tree trunk, to mammoth remains, to the first car on Whidbey Island. Admission in May 2018 is free in memory of Ginny Vracin.

There is something for everyone!

Don't miss the new "Native People - Native Places" exhibit, located on the Basement-level of the museum! This wonderful exhibit features the 160 year-old cedar dugout Snakelum Family Canoe, a smaller 2-person dugout, baskets, stone implements, early Water Festival memorabilia, and more!

(Please note: Museum restrooms are closed during the festival.)

Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Library Upcoming Events

The film is available to view online HERE

See Russell Morton's amazing The Four Seasons of Water

Russell Morton - We call him "The Beadman." He has brought his work to the Water Festival for many years, always there continuing his work and explain the project and the technique of beading.

In 2019 Russell donated his completed work to the Island County Museum where it is on permanent display in the Native People Exhibit. We thank Russell for his generous gift.

Russell once posted that "the Four Seasons of Waters" constructed will have passed 8 years and continues to be more interesting. It is an ultimate form of intense, slow art. Intense remains revenant in our modern world, but slow is gone with the horse and buggy for regular travel."

The Schooner Suva

The Penn Cove Water Festival will miss having the Schooner Suva at the Wharf this year - they are busy with finishing repairs for this year. Visit Schooner Suva for pricing and additional information.

For more information contact Mark Saia at 1-360-969-1791 or

Penn Cove Water Festival
Extending the Hand of Friendship

The Annual Penn Cove Water Festival, every May, commemorates and celebrates connections with our Native American heritage. This is a free family festival on the waterfront in Historic Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA. It is a fun-packed event filled with favorite Native American canoe races, performers, arts and crafts vendors with youth activities and educational exhibits.

This event also provides a unique opportunity for local residents to become involved by "extending a hand of friendship" to the Native guests. In following the custom of Native Americans and First Nations of Canada, who show their hospitality to their visitors by presenting gifts, the community welcomes the participants through giving gifts of homemade bread.

You are invited to join in this gesture of hospitality by baking a loaf of bread (any kind from white, whole wheat to zucchini is acceptable). Your gift will be wrapped and presented to the distinguished guests, canoe pullers, entertainers, vendors and exhibitors.

The bread may be delivered to the Coupeville United Methodist Church on N. Main St. between 9:00-12:00 noon on Friday prior to the Festival. A Penn Cove Water Festival committee member will be at the door to assist you.

A ceremonial gifting of a loaf of bread takes place at the Opening Ceremony on Main Stage at 11am and the Welcoming Ceremony at the Boat Launch at Noon. Throughout the day loaves of bread are presented to the Canoe Clubs, Entertainers and other guests. For more information contact the Bread Committee at - Use Bread in Subject Line.

Volunteers for other parts of the Festival are needed on the day of the Festival. If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinators at the same email and Use Volunteer in Subject Line.