Art in Anacortes

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The Arts in Anacortes are Alive and well! For over 50 years, the Anacortes Arts Festival has been bringing visitors to our community to celebrate the arts. The community is home to thriving arts organizations who offer year-round programming in theater, music, visual and literary arts.

The City boasts a large public art collection in locations ranging from city streets and buildings, to waterfront settings, to parks and forestlands.


Please consider joining the Festival Collectors Club. This is a new membership for art enthusiasts, who are interested in learning more about regional fine art, building an art collection and supporting the Festival in keeping our community arts-rich.

South Commercial Art Project,  jury completed

We are excited to partner with the City of Anacortes in facilitating an exciting public art project to enhance the south end of Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. The project will include two distinct components – six Whale Tail painted fiberglass sculptures, and seven SPLASH murals transferring 2D art images into digital murals. The project was juried in early November. Mural installation will begin in December, and sculptures will be completed early in 2017. Congratulations to the following selected artists:

Whale Tails Sculptures
Fred Abelman
Stephanie Banaszak
Jennifer Bowman
Cathy Schoenberg
Carla Seaton
Tricia Sharp

Splash Murals
Jennifer Bowman
Kathleen Faulkner
Jessica Lynch
Ann Chadwick Reid
Cathy Schoenberg
Carla Seaton
Craig Weakley

Anne Reid "Intertidal Escapade"
Anne Reid “Intertidal Escapade”

Carla Seaton "Ferry Dog"
Carla Seaton “Ferry Dog”

Area Art Links


Anacortes Open Streets – Buskerfest
NEW addition to community fun in the streets

Chamber of Commerce
Complete information about Anacortes

Anacortes Museum
Enjoy an online collection of more than 20,000 photographs including the Anacortes Mural Project

Anacortes Community Theatre
Year round live dramatic and comedy theater

Fidalgo Danceworks
Dance classes and performance for youth and adults

Anacortes Arts Commission
City arts organization fostering engagement in the arts for all citizens

Jazz at the Library
Anacortes Public Library’s extensive collection of jazz CDs & literature for streaming or loan, scheduled jazz & blues programming

Vela Luka Dance Ensemble
Music and dance celebrating Croatian heritage

Men’s harmony barbershop chorus

Skagit Valley Camera Club
Monthly meetings offering education and exhibition for photographers

First Friday Gallery Walk
Monthly Friday evening event showcasing local and regional artists in various locations

The Heart of Anacortes
Outdoor concerts, art exhibits & more

Skagit County

Museum of Northwest Art
MoNA connects people with the art, diverse cultures and environments of the Northwest.

Skagit Symphony
Promotes classical music through concerts and education

Skagit Opera
Professional Opera Company

Skagit Valley Chorale
Expressing the human spirit through choral music


North Sound Life
Arts related activities north of Anacortes.

Sister Festivals

Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival
When is Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival? Neighboring Coupeville holds their festival on August 11 & 12, 2018. Include Whidbey Island in your plans to visit our area.