Doe Bay Fest 11: The tradition continues

  • Wed Jun 13th, 2018 11:47am
  • Life

The following was submitted by Doe Bay Resort.

It only took a few years to build this little music festival’s reputation, and last year the organizers of Doe Bay Fest wondered if the 10th annual might be the last. It turns out that some traditions are just too good to let go.

The lineup for Doe Bay Fest 11, slated for Aug. 2–5, was just announced at Orcas residents are invited to buy discounted tickets for the four-day event using the special discount code WE-LOVE-OUR-NEIGHBORS.

With a willingness to think outside the box and no shortage of creative talent and scenic beauty, Doe Bay Fest at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat has become an anchor of the summer season on Orcas. Tickets have historically sold out instantaneously but are now released in coordinated waves, with plenty saved aside for locals.

Ticket and camping packages are available online at, and there are also work-trade slots available by emailing

Doe Bay Fest immediately gathered steam to go from a small happening in 2008 to become one of the most popular music festivals in the Pacific Northwest. Despite its remarkable reputation among bands and fans, Doe Bay Fest hasn’t grown in size.

Doe Bay owner and festival producer Joe Brotherton decided early on that “capping attendance at about 1,000 people keeps the event an intimate affair which is part of the charm.” After the third Doe Bay Fest, someone said to Brotherton: “With the demand, you could easily sell 3,000 tickets.”

He responded, “Why would we do that?”

Doe Bay Fest offers special-priced tickets for teens, who are encouraged to volunteer at the festival’s free drop-in day care called Camp Doe Bay, and tickets for children 12 and under are free. It’s very family friendly with special activities for kids, multiple venues and beaches and even a few kid-centered acts.

For more information and to see this year’s artist lineup, check out For resort-related questions, call the Doe Bay front desk at 360-376-2291, or email