Thank You to our Volunteers

Thank you to the many volunteers who made the 2018 Festival our best yet!

What is accomplished in three short days, is nothing short of a miracle thanks to our 250 dedicated volunteers. We have folks helping in the information booth, delivering lunches, entertaining kids in our youth area, docents working at the Fine Art Exhibition and so much more.

Thank you as well to our entire community for welcoming visitors into our wonderful town over Festival weekend. We are proud to say that participants often tell us this is one of the friendliest places they visit each year!



Volunteers Needed for 2018 Color Run

Volunteers are still needed for the 2018 Color Run! This exciting 5K run will be held on April 14 at the Anacortes Art Depot. Maybe running isn’t your thing, but you’d like to join in the fun as a volunteer. We still need color throwers, route control, registration help and more. Follow the sign-up link to see the open shifts.

If you have any questions, please contact Geralyn at

Volunteers of the year

This year’s Festival Volunteers of the Year were husband and wife team, Val and Jim Gleason.  This dynamic duo worked for years in the Port Pub, Spring Fest – and were always willing to jump in as needed – and always with a smile.   It is with great sadness that we share that Jim passed away shortly after the Festival.   He was a generous and happy spirit, who will be greatly missed.

Thank You Amazing Volunteers

Thank you to all of our volunteers who make the Anacortes Arts Festival possible! As the largest event in Anacortes, Festival weekend is only possible with the help that our 250 volunteers provide. This year was our most successful Festival to date and our volunteers are a large part of this success!

Thank you also to our community, for supporting the Festival and welcoming our visitors to town. We are proud that Anacortes is a fantastic destination not only for our artists, but for all of our Festival goers to enjoy!

Sign-up to Volunteer at the Festival

Be a part of Anacortes’ largest community event of the year, the 56th Anacortes Arts Festival will be held on August 4-6. We are looking for community members who want to join in the fun and participate through volunteering! There are lots of different jobs; art docent, information booth, booth sitter, lunch delivery, youth area, production set-up, beer garden, wine bar and so much more.

Come enjoy the Festival and represent your community while doing something fun! Signing up is simple, just go to the online sign-up and pick what works for your schedule.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact Geralyn at

New Volunteer Coordinator

A big welcome to Geralyn Curtis, our new Volunteer Coordinator! Geralyn has been a volunteer for over 20 years and is now moving into a larger role with the Festival. She has worked the last several years as our Volunteer Team Leader in the Beer Gardens and Wine Bar. Prior to that she was also the Team Leader in the Information Booth.

Geralyn is a wonderful asset to the Festival! She is not only experienced and knowledgeable, but she is such a fun and positive presence. We are incredibly fortunate to have her onboard and hope that you’ll join us in welcoming her in this new role.

Geralyn can be contacted at:

Winter Wonderland Volunteers Needed

Winter Wonderland – December 9 & 10  from 5pm-8pm

Come join us at Washington Park as we create a festive holiday campsite for our community to enjoy! Santa will be making a guest appearance again this year and we will have fun games for families to participate in.

Volunteers are needed for setting up the campsite (string lights, decorate etc.) as well as santa helpers and children’s game attendants for both evenings. 

If you are interested in volunteering and want to be a part of this great community tradition, please click here to see available shifts. Your time and help is always appreciated!

For questions or more information, please call Jennifer at the Arts Festival office at 293-6211.

2016 Volunteer of the Year – Paul Monohon

Paul Monohon

Each year, the Anacortes Arts Festival selects a volunteer to be our ‘Volunteer of the Year’. This person is generally someone who is involved across multiple areas of the Festival and gives of their time throughout the year. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many amazing volunteers, which makes the decision a difficult one.

For 2016, the Arts Festival has chosen Paul Monohon as our Volunteer of the Year. Paul has been volunteering with the Festival for seven years and continues to find new ways of getting involved. He always shows up with a smile and asks how he can help. Paul worked as an Art Docent, Booth Sitter and as traffic control during the Art Dash at this year’s Festival. He also distributed posters in town to help get the word out about our Festival dates.

How lucky we are to have Paul as a volunteer and we appreciate his time and dedication to the Arts Festival. His positive energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Please join me in recognizing and celebrating Paul Monohon as Volunteer of the Year.