Events on Vashon Island
Vashon Center for the Arts
May 27: Jesse Sykes and Mike Dumovich
June 10: Temple Grandin – Understanding Animal Behavior
June 24-25: VCA Garden Tour
July 14: Outdoor Concert – An Evening with the Cowboy Junkies
August 26: Free Outdoor Movie – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Vashon Sheepdog Classic – June 8-11
People from all over the world flock to Vashon to enjoy the fascinating world of the working sheepdog. The Vashon Sheepdog Classic is the most attended herding event on the West Coast. Come enjoy local fare, arts and other artisan crafts while experiencing this highly regarded national competition.
Strawberry Festival – July 21-23
Vashon’s favorite event of the year includes vendor and artists booths, street dancing, beer gardens, classic car show and grand parade. It’s a lively, not to be missed weekend on island!
An Afternoon of Jazz at the Lodges – July 2, 2PM
Spend a warm summer afternoon listening to the jazzy sounds of Some’tet, Seth Alexander Trio and the Gin Joints at the Lodges on Vashon.
Mele U’hane – August 26
From one island to the next, this popular father-son duo are back on Vashon for one night only to serenade us with the beautiful sounds of the Hawaiian Islands.
Vashon CiderFest – October 7
Taste all things cider at Vashon’s Annual CiderFest. Cider tastings from local makers for adults and cider pressing for the kids, plus snacks and music!
Farmers Market – Saturdays 10am to 2pm
Peruse the market and find a variety of locally made goods that can only be found on the island. Soaps, beer, hand-carved wood serving spoons, jewelry. It’s all here!
Vashon Tours – Each First Friday, 4pm
This tour is made to dovetail with Vashon’s First Friday festival. Beginning at 4pm, you’ll have a 20-minute walking tour of historic downtown Vashon. Then you’ll be whisked away by bus to see some of the fascinating parts of our unique island. By 6pm, you’ll be dropped off back downtown ready to see all that First Friday has to offer. Lodges’ guests can purchase tickets at Hinge Gallery for 10 percent off.
Sip Vashon – Ongoing
Explore the tastes from our vibrant community of beverage producers who are committed to handcrafting beer, cider, wine & spirits. Discover what makes our locally made libation so remarkable by visiting tasting rooms, retail outlets or ordering at a local restaurant.
Vashon Art Walk – First Friday of every month, from 6-9pm
Each month new works of art and new shows are hung in the galleries, art centers, restaurants, bike shops, hallways, doctor’s offices, cafes, bakeries, stores and offices on the Island. Enjoy local wine and cheese while exploring the work of many Vashon artists
About Vashon Island
While there have long been whispers that Vashon was founded by pirates, the name Vashon was officially given by George Vancouver. Of course, the island was populated long before his arrival in 1792, largely by the S’Homamish. In 1881, the first schoolhouse was built on the island, with two more the following year. By 1885, there were 69 farmers on Vashon, and growth only continued in the following years.*
Vashon Island is now home to a quiet, creative community whose thriving artisan environment has had exceptionally delicious results. From charcuterie and cheeses to local vegan/gluten-free baked goods, one of our main goals is offering access to as many island products as possible!
*For more information about Vashon’s history we highly recommend visiting the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum in person or on their site!