city in Island County, Washington, United States

Langley is a small waterfront town on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound region of Washington State known for its historic character.

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Langley is a town in Island County, Washington, United States which is located on the south end of Whidbey Island, overlooking the Saratoga Passage. It is the third largest incorporated area on Whidbey. Langley was founded in the 1800s by Jacob Anthes, and was named for J.W. Langley of Seattle. In 1902, Mr. Anthes built a logger bunkhouse that is still standing in the downtown core and serves as a museum. Langley was incorporated on February 26, 1913.

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The Olympic Club building in Langley is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Langley is a tourist destination and many businesses in immediate area promote themselves in tourist pamphlets available around the world. Langley is home to a 1930s-era movie theatre, a grocery store of the same vintage, and several restaurants.

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  • 1 Island Shakespeare Festival (ISF), 5476 Maxwelton Rd (driving north on highway 525, from the ferry, take a right onto Maxwelton Road), +1 360-331-2939, . Island Shakespeare Festival is a professional regional repertory theater company, and offers free outdoor performances of Shakespeare's plays, and other classical works, during the summer. The summer season runs Thursday-Sunday from July to mid September, with up to three plays in repertory at the height of the season. Free.
  • Mystery Weekend. Is a yearly event occurring the last weekend in February. A fake newspaper story is run in the South Whidbey Record or a fake newspaper can be purchased from the Visitor & Information Center, detailing the persons involved. The players are instructed to search every store for a box of cards, with a clue to the Murder mystery game printed on each card. Various locals play the parts of characters in the story, and players are invited to question them for information. The players who believe they have solved the game may submit their solutions and enter into a drawing of prizes.
  • Choochokam. Is held the weekend after Independence Day each July. The city closes most of First Street and Anthes Ave. south to Third St. Artists from around the Northwest showcase their art, while local musicians perform on a downtown stage.
  • Djangofest NW. Is held in September each year. This five-day festival celebrates the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt, and featues workshops, concerts, and impromptu jam sessions around town.
  • 2 Whidbey Island Fair, 819 Camano Ave, +1 360-221-4677. The third weekend in August Langley hosts the Island County Fair. This is one of the biggest community gatherings of the year. The fair has such a local impact, that Island Transit will run special shuttles between Langley and the Clinton Ferry, as well as Shuttles between Oak Harbor and Langley, and extra ferry trips on the Clinton to Mukilteo run routinely at several hours.

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