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Family fest fun

In addition to our adult programming, the Orcas Island Literary Festival is committed to nurturing the celebration of reading and writing with kids and adults of all ages. We are super excited to announce that we have partnered with The Orcas Island Public Library, our local Orcas Island public schools, and the middle school writers of Novel Lab to present an awesome literary adventure for kids of all ages.

Family Fest Fun will take place between 10:30a and 12noon on Saturday 4/14. Don't miss the costumed cast of Willy Wonka reading from Roald Dahl; San Juan Islander and critically-acclaimed author Thor Hanson will be reading from his children's book Bartholomew Quill; author-photographer and marine biology expert Russel Barsh and illustrator Julia Mira will provide a coloring station with pages from their book and illustrated guide to many of our overlooked native insects; island kids from Novel Lab will read from their in-progress novels, and award-winning YA authors, Lilliam Rivera, Michele Bacon and Jennifer Longo, will read from their books and talk about the craft of writing.

Refreshments will be provided. 




This fall and winter our island kids will be busy burying literary treasures around the island that festival goers can hunt for and discover using the geocache mobile app. The festival will also host readings by kid and YA authors, and an open mic for any kids who would like to read pages from their novels.


An island made for kids

Orcas Island was made for kids. Watch as they marvel at the natural wonders and discover their connection to the animals that also call Orcas Island home. Come festival time we will highlight kid activities in our program guides online. We will also highlight places like Mt. Baker Farm and their miniature railroad of interest to little ones.



While you're on the island, kids might like to explore fishing at Cascade Lake, hiking Turtleback mountain, horseback riding, taking photos at one of our majestic waterfalls, whale watching, or searching for the best tree to climb (hint: it's near one of our favorite ice cream shoppes in town!)