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.

Springtime in Anacortes is a great time to celebrate blooming tulips, enjoy some sunshine peeking out and soak up some Anacortes culture.

The 5th Annual Do the Bloom Color Run on Saturday, April 13 is the perfect way to celebrate spring!  Join us for this fun 5K run, walk, stroll, jog or crawl.  It starts at the Depot Arts Center and stays along the water at Cap Sante Marina for a beautiful run, combined with the fun of getting colorful!  Our volunteer color throwers will turn you into a living work of art.  Bring the whole family and all of your friends to celebrate spring at the Do the Bloom Color Run.  Register on now!

Also on April 13, the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival brings 30 wineries to Fidalgo Island in the waterfront Port Transit Shed.  Enjoy an afternoon of decadent wine tasting, food pairings, and an in-house wine shop.  Hosted by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, this event is a popular indulgence in the appreciation of red, white and blush wines from across Washington state.

The Anacortes Arts Festival is hosting the 2nd Buffett Beach Bash on Friday and Saturday, April 19 & 20 at the waterfront Port Transit Shed.   Last year this event sold out, so the Festival is adding a second night of fun.   The featured band is Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads – a popular Jimmy Buffett tribute band from northern California.  In addition to Jimmy Buffett music, they also plays classic rock tunes to keep the audience dancing all night long.  The doors open at 6pm for a margarita happy hour –  followed by music, dancing, cheeseburgers and lots of fun.   Come in Parrothead costume (if you want) for a chance to win the costume contest.   Beach Bash proceeds support arts education for Anacortes students!

April 26 & 27 hosts the bi-annual Vintage by the Sea Market at the Port Transit Shed.   Shop vintage, shabby chic, roux luxe, antiques and collectibles, hand crafted, junk salvage, architectural salvage, repurposed, rescued and fabulous vintage finds from several vendors. Food and bakery vendors will be available onsite. Admission $7. Hours: Fri 6pm-9pm; Sat 9am-4pm

The annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival is June 1 & 2,  at the Cap Sante Marina and along the Anacortes waterfront. This event is all about letting out your inner sailor and embracing life on the water!  It offers something for everyone: an open-air car show, food vendors, arts and craft booths, children’s activities, giant slides, water balls, dinners and dances, live music and entertainment, wine and beer garden, and so much more!

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 10 & 11, 2019. Include Whidbey Island in your plans to visit our area.