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Art Dash

After positive feedback last year, the Art Dash has now officially moved to Festival weekend – Saturday, August 5. In its 12th year, this USTAF certified half marathon, 10k, 5k follows the beautiful Tommy Thompson Trail along the Anacortes waterfront and ends at the Port warehouse at the north end of the Festival.   Timing this year will be done by NW Endurance Events (look for chip timing in 2018).   The cost is $50 for the half marathon, $35 for the 10k and $25 for the 5k – $5 for under 12 and over 70.  At the end of the race, runners can enjoy music on our Port stage, beverages in the Waterfront Pub, food nearby –  with the whole Festival lineup waiting.  Come for the run, stay for the fun!

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Arty Party features music, art, fun

There are still a few tickets left for our annual Arty Party on Saturday, April 15th.  The evening centers around lively Dueling Pianos,  Dueling Painters (Jennifer Bowman & Terry MacDonald),  food truck offerings, beverages and fun!   A special highlight is our Mini-Masterpiece sale of over 100 pieces created by local artists to benefit youth arts education. These 5×7 and 3×4 canvases will be sold anonymously for $50 and $25. Choose the image you love and walk away with an original work by some of Anacortes’ most well-known artists. The best thing about the evening is that we are raising funds to support the Cultural Arts Program for the Anacortes School District. Tickets are $100 each and also include a Golden Ticket for one of the two paintings created during the evening.

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What’s an Arty Party?

Join us at the Depot on Saturday, April 15 for NOT an auction!  Arty Party is a fun night of celebrating art for our kids.  We are raising money for the School District’s Cultural Education Program by throwing a party.  Your experience includes dueling piano entertainment, food truck tasty bites, craft cocktails, beer & wine, small art canvases for sale, live painting and much more.

Tickets are limited, so gather your friends and make your plans now!

More information and tickets available here.

Color Run Registration Open!

Did you make New Year’s resolutions to be healthy and have more fun!? We have your answer – the 3rd Annual Do the Bloom Color Run!

Join us on Saturday, April 22 at the Depot Arts Center for a 5K Run, Walk or Stroll! There is also a One Mile Fun Run for the younger kids and their co-runners. This is a non-competitive fun run that will leave you looking like a piece of art! It’s been great fun for families and friends to come out and play together.

This year, after the run, stick around for our new Spring Fest. Two days of booth artists, food, entertainment, a youth area and beer garden. A great way to celebrate your colorful accomplishment!

More details and registration are available through Do the Bloom Color Run Registration.


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.