Annual Lopez Island Events
There are several very special events on Lopez that occur throughout the year that appeal to a variety of interests.
The Annual Tour De Lopez – Started in 2004, this event happens the last full weekend in April. This is a non-competitive rural road tour with marked short and long routes (3.1, 5, 10, 18 and 31 miles), on public county roads through the scenic landscape of Lopez. It is typically preceded by the Bite of Lopez on Friday evening – music, tapa type dishes, and regional beer. Saturday is the ride, a picnic lunch, more music and beer, plus ride related items for purchase. Sponsored by the Lopez Chamber of Commerce, proceeds go to maintenance and operation of the Village Park Restrooms/Showers. A great spring event and a wonderful cause!
Procession of the Species – This small town parade is a celebration of Earth Day, honoring all species, real or mythical. Participants make costumes during workshops leading up to the procession. Reuse is encouraged, and in the hands of creative thinkers, waste becomes a fantastical animal costume. This usually occurs sometime in April and sponsored by the San Juan Conservation District.
Great Island Clean Up – This is another event held in conjunction with Earth Day. Small groups of adults and children disperse around the island and spend the better part of the day picking up litter. Hundreds of pounds of refuse are collected each year – rain or shine – and is coordinated by the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District.
The Fourth of July – Lopez Island has a special way of celebrating the Fourth of July. It has become one of Washington State’s most treasured celebrations. Visitors come from all over to participate in this unique small town event.
- The day begins with the Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by the Lopez Lions Club. Starting in the Village, there is a 5K route and a 10K route, as well as a short “1 Mile Romp”. Prizes are awarded, but for the most part it is just a fun way to start the day.
- The old-fashioned small town parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and is also sponsored by the Lopez Lion’s Club. Come join us either in the parade or to watch along Fisherman Bay Road starting between the Galley Restaurant and the Islander Resort, winding through the Village on Lopez Road ending at Week’s Road and Fisherman Bay Road. Any organization or individual may participate. Entries can be elaborate (for Lopez) floats or simple costumes and posters. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. between the Galley Restaurant and the Islander Resort on Fisherman Bay Road.
- You can spend part of the afternoon at the Annual Lopez Library Book Sale, a book lovers dream.
- The day ends with our spectacular evening fireworks display, presented by the Lopez Community Fireworks Display Committee. See our Community Calendar for other activities over the holiday weekend.
Lopez Studio Tour – Labor Day weekend. This is a free, self guided tour to a variety of studios around the island. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Lopez Island while discovering the talents of our local artists. This amazing event is arranged by the Lopez Artist Guild.
Lopez Home Tour – This happens typically the second Saturday after the Studio Tour. Proceeds benefit the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.
Holiday Gathering and Village Lighting – Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a community gathering in the Village with a torch light parade, cocoa, cookies, caroling, and lighting the lights of the Village. It’s a delightful warm and friendly evening, regardless of the weather. We gather at Village Park next to the historic water tower. The village businesses all coordinate so the lights are all turned on at the same time. It’s spectacular! Dress warmly – we have a great time no matter the weather!
Other holiday happenings include the Preschool Holiday Bazaar the day after the Village Lighting, the annual Lions Club Christmas Ship that brings Santa to Lopez in early December, the annual Thrift Shop Christmas Sale, as well as various craft fairs. For details on any of these events, visit our Community Calendar.