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Summer Music on San Juan Island

By Shelley Klausen

parks on san juan island As a guest at the Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites you have the opportunity to catch a live performance right on our property with our talented Innkeeper Patrick Klausen. Just a few blocks away, you can swing into a local watering hole, community theatre or performance space for a concert from touring bands and artists. A short drive will take you to a stage in a state park or green space.

Throughout the summer, as you investigate all San Juan Island has to offer, you will hear strains of classical, blues, folk, rock, Americana, choral, kids’ music and more reverberating through the madrone trees. With Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains as your backdrop, the cries of eagles and osprey overhead, and the smells of lavender and briny air filling your senses, a musical experience on San Juan Island will add to your lasting memories of this magical place.

On Our Property

Innkeeper Patrick Klausen sings and plays for guests at the Tucker House Inn.

Music Night w/Innkeeper Patrick

Saturdays; 5-6:30pm
Mid-Level Umbrella Deck
The Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites
In the event of rain: Tucker House Inn living room

BYOB to a pre-dinner evening of acoustic music surrounded by the gardens of the Tucker House Inn. Resident Innkeeper Patrick will entertain you with oldies, standards, and originals in this casual gathering of fellow travelers.

Outdoor Music Around the Island

lime kiln lighthouse music nights Orca Sing Solstice Event

June 22, 2019
7pm; bring a blanket or lawn chair
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Discovery Pass Required; carpooling encouraged

Bring a picnic to enjoy the beauty of the park and surrounding marine environment while listening to the beautiful music of Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir. Tours of the historic lighthouse will be offered before and after the performance.

Music on the Lawn

Wednesdays in July
6:30pm; bring a blanket or lawn chairs
San Juan Historical Museum
405 Price Street, Friday Harbor

July 10 – The Chameleons; Dance to the music of the 80s thru today
July 17 – Petty Differences; Tom Petty tribute band
July 24 – The Walrus; Classic rock from these local favorites
July 31 – Marlin James Band; High energy country featuring big harmonies

San Juan County Fair

August 14-17, 2019
Music Schedule TBA
San Juan County Fairgrounds
849 Argyle Avenue, Friday Harbor
Entrance Fee

Friday Harbor Farmers Market musicians entertain visitors to San Juan Island.Friday Harbor Farmer’s Market

Saturdays thru October
Brickworks Event Center
150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor

Wander among the vendors at San Juan Island’s lively farmer’s market while tapping your toes to Americana and folk music from local artists.



Indoor Venues Around the Island

San Juan Community Theatre

Whittier Auditorium
100 2nd Street North, Friday Harbor
All below performances at 7:30pm
Schedule and Tickets: sjctheatre.org

san juan island community theater music June 1 – Barbershop Bonanza; four barbershop groups take the stage for this annual event
June 15 – The Bills; Canadian roots music with instrumental virtuosity & lush vocal arrangements
July 1 – Abbey Road Live!; Paying homage to The Beatles since 2002
July 14 – The Ruth Moody Band; Two-time Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter
August 2 – Pearl Django (pictured); Gypsy jazz from Seattle
August 23 – Sway Wild; Indie Rock, folk, funk and pop

Salish Sea Early Music Festival

Concerts start at 7pm; arrive early for tickets & best seating
Brickworks Event Center
150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor
$15-$25 suggested donation; 18 & under free

The best things come in small packages. These annual concerts are an exploration of a delightful variety of uplifting sentiments and stylistic trends from 18th-century Europe.

June 5 – Early 17th-Century Canzonas: Transitional late renaissance/early baroque chamber music with Anna Marsh (dulcian o renaissance bassoon), Shulamit Kleinerman (renaissance violin), John Lenti (theorbo & baroque guitar) and Jeffrey Cohan (renaissance transverse flute)

June 20 – Late 18th-Century Quartets: Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord), Stephen Creswell (violin and viola), Caroline Nicolas (cello) and Jeffrey Cohan (one-keyed flute) perform little-heard quartets by J.C. Bach, Joseph Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, and others.

Restaurants & Taverns

Mike’s Wine Bar & Cafe
Thursdays at 7pm (subject to change)
River Rye Bluegrass Band
135 2nd Street South, Friday Harbor
Call for schedule: (360) 378-0265

Friday Harbor Oar House
Some Thursdays & Saturdays at 7pm
Rotating Bands
665B Mullis Street, Friday Harbor
Call for schedule: (360) 378-6205

Madrona Bar & Grill
Every Friday & Saturday night beginning June 22
248 Reuben Memorial Drive, Roche Harbor

Summer Holidays

san juan island parades Fourth of July & Labor Day, September 2

Whether it’s a marching band in a parade through the streets of Friday Harbor, or drummers in Waterfront Park, summer holidays on San Juan Island always include music around town.

More Information

Music events are certain to be added to San Juan Island’s summer calendar. For the most up-to-date listings, keep an eye on www.VisitSanJuans.com. As a guest at one of the properties of the San Juan Island Inn Collection, our team members are always happy to find out more during your stay. We hope to see you on a Saturday evening for music at the inn!

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