Retired and aspiring artists and performers have made the culture of Orcas Island a vibrant and unique experience for islanders and visitors. Several theater centers host regular performances of plays and concerts, including major productions and benefit events produced and led by local masters. Acting and performance is encouraged by the school district and students put on plays and musicals regularly during the school year.
Music has been a part of island life on Orcas for hundreds of years and the tradition holds strong today with several public bands that perform seasonal concerts and play for special events. Private bands and individual performances are quite common as well and can often be seen at talent shows and seasonal public events. Music styles range from country and improvisational to progressive rock and classical; during the summertime many restaurants feature live music during their dinner hours. Come enjoy the art and traditions of Orcas Island and the San Juan Islands.