South Commercial Artists selected

The jury was completed and the artists to participate in the South Commercial Art Project were selected.   Splash Mural artists include Jennifer Bowman, Kathleen Faulkner, Jessica Lynch, Ann Chadwick Reid, Cathy Schoenberg, Carla Seaton and Craig Weakley.   These fun & graphic digital murals will start going up before the end of the year.

Whale Tail sculpture artists selected include Fred Abelman, Stephanie Banaszak, Jennifer Bowman, Carla Seaton, Cathy Schoenberg and Tricia Sharp.   Fiberglass whale tail forms should be delivered early 2017, and sculptures painted and installed by next Spring.

Call for Public Art Project

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 six SPLASH murals transferring 2D art images into digital murals. The project is open to artists from Anacortes, Guemes Island and Skagit County. There is a $500 stipend per piece, and project will be completed by early 2017. For more information or to request a prospectus, please email Rita James, Festival Creative Manager.

Busker Fest Anacortes on Sunday!

Join us at the first annual Busker Fest Anacortes this Sunday, August 28 from 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.  Street performers will be performing throughout Downtown Anacortes, in partnership with the City of Anacortes and Open Streets Anacortes.  Ten of them will be competing in a People’s Choice competition – make sure to vote with your smartphone while you are at the event! Music, dance, juggling and so much more!

Ride your bike, your scooter, your rollerblades…or just walk!  Commercial Avenue will be closed and there will be lots of activities in addition to the great performers!


Office closed for recharging

After a super-busy few months of planning and running the Festival, our office will be closed for the last two weeks of August. Staff will scatter for a few weeks of much-deserved rest and relaxation.   We will return on September 6 – ready to jump into planning the 2017 events.

Seasonally Curated Dinner

Chef Ryan Ross

Tuesday, August 2, 5:00p.m – 8:00p.m.
Port Transit Shed – Arts at the Port Fine Art Show

The Festival is offering a totally unique dining experience this year, as you enjoy the first Seasonally Curated Dinner at the Fine Art Show. Chef Ryan Ross creates artistic, soulful meals for private dinner parties all over the country and we are proud to partner with her and the Browne Family Winery to bring this new event to the Festival this year.

Guests will eat at creative, happy tables, surrounded by amazing fine art and looking over the water of the Guemes Channel. The environment is stunning, and Ryan’s food art is one of a kind. The meal is multi-course, with surprises around every corner. Ryan cooks to celebrate creativity, support local businesses and to foster community. Learn more about our new friend Ryan and her creations.

Seating is extremely limited to this dining experience, we are only seating 30 people this year. If you would like to experience an amazing, healthy meal, surrounded by artistic and natural beauty, click here to get your tickets right away. We expect this to sell out very quickly.

Cost: $150 per person
Tickets available HERE.

Art Dash Run Registration Open

If you haven’t signed up for the Art Dash yet, now is the time to get this beautiful run on your calendar!

The Art Dash half marathon, 10k, 5k run is moving to Festival Saturday, August 6th.  It is a certified, fast course along the Anacortes waterfront, starting at City Hall and ending on the Port dock. After the hard work, runners will have the opportunity to enjoy live music, our Waterfront Pub and all that the Festival has to offer.   Come for the run and stay for the fun!

Click here for more details and a link to the registration page.

Buskerfest Applications Available

The Festival and the City of Anacortes are excited to present a new entertainment event in conjunction with Open Streets Anacortes.  On Sunday, August 28, while the community is enjoying biking, skating or running down Commercial Avenue downtown, they will also enjoy fun busker entertainment.  Entertainers are performing from 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. that day up and down Commercial Avenue, from 3rd Street – 9th Street.

Any entertainers, who are interested in participating are encouraged to get their applications in by July 15 so they can be considered for one of our stipends and a generous People’s Choice Award.  The application is available for download here: BUSKER APPLICATION.

The Buskerfest Committee is looking for musicians, magicians, mimes, balloon artists, sketch artists, dancers, theatrical performers, jugglers and more.  Share the event with entertainer friends.  More details are included in the application or contact us at


Do the Bloom Color Run!

This Saturday, April 23 is the Do the Bloom Color Run.  We have more than 470 runners, walkers, joggers and strollers signed up for this fun run.  In fact, there has been such a huge rush on registrations this week that we do not have any spots open in the run.  Sorry!  Hope those of you who missed signing up can join us next year!

2016 Color RunThe course starts and ends at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Avenue.  The Kids 1 Mile Fun Run will have a turnaround at the half mile mark, where there is a color station and the volunteers will get them headed back to the Depot.  The 5K keeps going past our new running sculpture before a turnaround brings you back to Thrive Community Fitness and then along Cap Sante Marina for the rest of the run.  Here’s a fairly rudimentary map is available if you’d like to peek.

Remember this is a FUN RUN!  We will start in waves every few minutes so that the first color station is ready for you.  If it isn’t raining, we will have a clock out for you to see your time.  However, it is not a timed race.  We have unique prizes for the top three finishers in basic categories of Women, Men, Girls and Boys.  We do our best to track those accurately at the finish line, again this is a FUN RUN!  We are proud of those who finish fastest, however, we are also really proud of those who finish most colorful!

Tip to participants – slow down in the color station, use one of our water sources (squirt bottle, hose nozzle, mister, rain) to get your shirt a little wet – the color makes better patterns when the shirt is a little wet.

Packets can be picked up at our office on Friday from 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (505 O Avenue) or on event day from 8:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. (611 R Avenue).  If you come early, there are a couple of restaurants just a few blocks away for coffee or a light meal.

The run will start at 10:00a.m. in waves of 100 runners or so.

Thanks to our awesome sponsors….Thrive Community Fitness, The Allen Family, Barrett Community Giving, the City of Anacortes and the Port of Anacortes.

And, thanks to the record number of you who are participating.  We are going to have a great time, make sure to bring your cameras for post-race photos!

Art of Shopping this Weekend!

Art of Shopping


Bring your GIRLFRIENDS and enjoy a mimosa, glass of bubbly, wine, or beer … savor a tasty bite from a food truck … enjoy some live music (performed by a WOMAN). There will also be hourly raffles of fun GIRLY stuff!  And setting the tone is our Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition (artwork is, of course, also for sale).

Local WOMEN retail merchants will be dressing mannequins in fun, funky, creative & classic design – showcasing what’s available for WOMEN  in our Anacortes community.

One more thing … for $10 you can start an hour early (10 am) for some early-GIRL shopping, a FREE mimosa and FREE raffle ticket!

Proceeds from this and all Art in Bloom events support the Festival’s commitment to funding the Cultural Arts Program for children in the Anacortes School District. 

The NEW Art of Shopping

Sunday, April 17th 

11 – 4 pm 

Depot Art Center ~ 611 R Ave ~ Anacortes