August is a lively time here in Langley. While we have seen many sunny days this summer we can expect more blue skies and hot-to very hot days by Pacific Northwest standards, while summer slowly winds down. Though summer is wrapping up the festivities in town are not!


Music & Theatre:
“If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare hits the nail on the head once again! Langley is full of love this season as so many seasoned artists take the stage here. Make sure to check out some of the highlights:

  • Island Shakespeare Festival has an ongoing series each Thursday- Sunday all month long, located just off of Maxwelton Road including Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors and Seagull. For more information, click here.
  • Ott & Murphy is hosting a plethora of artists as per usual. Some of these include Andre Feriante, Sheri Roberts Greimes, Ash Devine w/ Barbara Dunn, The Ginger Ups w/ Jim Marcotte, and Heggenes Valley Boys. You can find ’em on 1st Street! For more information, click here.
  • Poetry on the Patio with Matt Gano is an evening of poetry in the form of a class for participants, followed by an Open Mic and Slamfest. If you write or enjoy poetry this event is for you, and of course the venue’s beer garden will be alive and flowing! Join the party outside of Zech Hall on Friday the 11th at 6:30pm-9pm. For more information, click here.


“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Shakespeare


Oh, the choices! Variety is the spice of life; the feeling of excitement and surprise feeds our souls and encourages us to try new things. Langley flourishes in this state-of-mind and has so many offerings for you to explore this month:

  • Queer Pride on Whidbey is a parade to celebrate inclusion. While the focus is on the LGBTQIA community, the parade is open to all allied people, organizations and businesses, on or off the island. Jump on in this 13th at 2pm in downtown Langley. For more information, click here.
  • Dockstock is the annual “THANK YOU” celebration to visiting boaters who continue to tie up in South Whidbey Harbor. The weekend includes live music, local wine and beer, and (not to forget) a crab cook-off! Find it all down at the docks on August 18th and 19th from 5pm-10pm! For more information, click here.
  • Soup Box Derby is a race each year on 1st Street that stirs up the town’s ingenuity, creativity and a bit of kookiness! Show your style and skill on the 27th at 10am. For more information, click here.
  • First Saturday Art Walks in Langley are the galleries chance to shine light on their new shows and give art connoisseurs a chance to take in the vibrant art scene on the island. Most galleries serve complimentary wine and hors d’ouerves and some will feature live music to kick off the month. Check out Langley’s finest on the 5th from 5pm-7pm. For more information, click here.
  • Eye On The Island is having their 43rd annual art show from the artists of South Whidbey. The opening reception on the 4th from 5-7pm will include small bites and wine, then the show will remain open through the 6th. For more information, click here.


“Do thy worst!” – Shakespeare


With all the action happening in town you can be sure you’ll need a few good meals. Langley has already cultivated a colorful dining scene and this season brings special new home-grown offerings:

  • Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar is the newest addition to the dining array in Langley. Being the sister restaurant of Prima Bistro, Saltwater has beautiful Pacific Northwest selections including fish and chips, clam chowder, lobster rolls, crab cakes, mussels, clams, and an unimaginable selection of oysters! For more information, click here.
  • Second Street Farmers Market runs every Friday from 2pm-6pm and is the perfect stop for picnic items, fresh fruit and vegetables. Island town “standards” are local, organic and ethical. If you enjoy truly fresh foods raised by truly good people then you have arrived! For more information, click here.
  • Prima Bistro’s seasonal offerings change daily with so many delicious northwest items including King salmon, Willowood Farm’s fresh seasonal vegetables and sweet berry treats like the apricot huckleberry coconut crumble that just came out the other night! For more information, click here.
  • Portico Latin Bistro’s seasonal offerings include paella with mussels and wild Mexican shrimp, caldo verde with chorizo and kale, and Argentinian crepes with banana dulce de leche. Delicioso! For more information, click here.


“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”- Shakespeare


As Shakespeare so eloquently says, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and woman merely players. They have their exits and entrances and one man in his time plays many parts.”
This August is your chance to play, and eat, and dance, and revitalize your soul by joining in on our island scene! So live it up with us in our little town by the sea.