Upcoming Events in the San Juan Islands

March 7: FANS Carnival in Friday Harbor

Families And Neighbors Supporting Island Rec (FANS) and Island Rec present their annual Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020 at San Juan County Fairgrounds in Friday Harbor. Admission is free. This event is for kids ages 3 to 10. Game and food tickets are $1.

Festivities include:

A free raffle ticket for a chance to win bicycles, kits, backpacks, and more.

A magic show in the circus tent.

Chances to try your luck and skill to win prizes at 20 carnival games.

Hot dogs, cotton candy, sno cones and more.

For more information, or to volunteer for or sponsor the event, please contact: davidwaldron@interisland.net 360 378 3070  or at 310 Spring Street in Friday Harbor.


March 2: San Juan Public Schools Foundation Annual Knowledge Bowl in Friday Harbor

It’s the time of year to celebrate knowledge with our entire community! The 2020 Knowledge Bowl will be held on March 2 at 6:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre.

A cross between Jeopardy and the old college quiz bowls, teams compete to answer questions on geography, history, pop culture, local fare, and more. The event is sponsored by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation.


Feb. 28: Learn about UW EarthLab; reserve tickets by Feb. 24

Executive Director of UW EarthLab Ben Packard will give a talk at 6:45 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2020 in the UW Friday Harbor Labs Dining Hall about the EarthLab. It is a new institute at the University of Washington that supports UW faculty and students to apply their research, connect across sectors and disciplines, and work with diverse communities to co-create solutions for our environment. 


May 3: San Juan County Democratic Party Caucus


If you would like to run to be a state delegate to the Democratic Party Congressional District (CD) Caucus, where national convention delegates will be chosen on  May 30, or if you would like to help choose the delegates who will represent the county, a county caucus will take place at 11:30 am Sunday, May 3, 2020  at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor.


March 10: Presidential Primary

The Washington State 2020 Presidential Primary takes place March 10, 2020. It is a vote by mail election. Ballots will be mailed to voters 18 days prior.

More information: 

Voter’s Guide -

Presidential Primary FAQs

Elections Office website

Ballots are due either in the Elections Office or  an election dropbox by 8 p.m. tonight, March 10, 2020. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than March 10. Be sure to ask the post office staff to hand cancel the envelope for you if you are mailing on the last day, otherwise it might not be postmarked until it is processed on the mainland. 

The ballot boxes are located:

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island:

The Elections Office 55 Second Street

At the curb in front of the Sheriff's Office on Second Street

Orcas Island:

Orcas Island Senior Center at 62 Henry Road in  Eastsound

Lopez Island:

Lopez Island Fire District Office at 2228 Fisherman Bay Road on Lopez Island


March 21: San Juan County Master Gardeners Native Plant Sale; Order by March 6

Interested in using native plants in your landscape?

There are many wonderful reasons to use Pacific Northwest natives: they are often long lived and need little maintenance, they provide year-round color and garden interest, they can be used to stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion, and some are drought and heat tolerant, helpful in a warming climate. And they’re a “welcome mat” for wildlife, providing food and homes for beneficial insects, amphibians, birds and mammals.