After months of patiently watching the impact that COVID has had on our communities and preparing for whatever large events will look like in the future, the Anacortes Arts Festival Board has chosen to cancel this year’s Festival. We did consider a September postponement date and concluded that the risk factor of the unknowns is too high for our organization.
With our 59-year history and knowing how important the Festival is to the artists, local businesses and our community, this decision was not made lightly. We feel like we have pushed all of the deadlines for planning as far as we can. There are so many unknowns when it comes to COVID and especially as it relates to the safe re-opening of large gatherings. It’s important to us to be poised and ready to help our artists and community for years to come and we cannot do so if our organization is not financially healthy.
The Festival and celebrating art is our passion. Our hearts are heavy with the fact that we couldn’t make it happen this year. However, we will quickly look to the future and are working on ways to support art in our community during- and post-COVID. We know that from challenge comes great opportunity and we are excited about looking ahead at the creative ways the Anacortes Arts Festival can continue to support artists and art programs until we see you again.
2021 Anacortes Arts Festival – August 6 – 8, 2021
We’ve been asked a number of times if the Festival is still happening this summer. With every ounce of hope we have, we are still planning for the 2020 Anacortes Arts Festival. We are working with our artists and vendors to extend our timelines as much as possible, trying to be prepared for whatever comes our way.
Art Festivals and other public events are important to our social well-being. When it is safe to gather, we will need to have places to celebrate life and all that we are grateful for. Our Anacortes businesses need events like the Festival to help them recover. The artists need the festivals to help them recover. And, all of us, need the Festival to celebrate all that is good in our worlds.
For now…we are celebrate the amazing levels of creativity bubbling from industries, businesses and individuals. We are celebrate the kindness and caring that we see in others as they search for ways to help others. We celebrate the unique ways that human beings are staying connected. And, in August, we hope to be celebrating all of these things in the streets of Downtown Anacortes.
This is an unusual and strange time that we are living in. Let us all remember to find daily reasons to be grateful, even in some days they are harder to find than others.
We will keep everyone updated, as the world continues to change and we will do our very best to continue to support artists, art and art programs in Anacortes.
Applications for the 2020 Anacortes Arts Festival available now. Dates for this year’s Festival are July 31-August 2. Application deadlines include
Booth Artists, March 4
Arts at the Port Juried Fine Art, April 1
Food Vendors, April 23
Entertainment, March 26
What’s happening at the Anacortes Arts Festival this year? With more than 250 artists, a fine art show, three stages, lots of food, youth activities, working artists and more….there is too much to go into detail in a blog post!
If you would love a sneak peek at what is happening at the Festival, check out our 2019 Show Guide. It might help you plan your weekend with us!
See you August 2 – 4 in Downtown Anacortes!
The Working Studios is one of the most active areas of the Festival with a range of artists demonstrating the creative process. Come see prominent artist Alfred Currier painting the twelfth and final mural in the Tommy Thompson Mural Project, featuring the colorful Skagit landscape. A special feature this year will be graffiti, being painted by artists Leo Salazar and Eric Gonzalez. Local chalk artist Betsy Diamond will bring cartoon characters to life on the street…the talent goes on and on. Between 2nd Street and the Port dock, Working Studios is a great area to see and interact with master craftsmen doing what they love to do.
Our 2019 Poster artist is Barton DeGraaf from Bend, Oregon. Barton has been a life-long artist and Festival participant for 10 years. His whimsical, happy work includes frogs, horses, dogs, birds – as they lounge or play on vehicles, martini glasses and other fun objects. The poster image “All Ya Need is Dogs” plays with colors and images that invoke summer times past, travel and fun. If you want to see more of Barton’s work, look for him at the Festival or visit his website.
What a tremendous turn out of incredibly talented artists for our 2018 Festival! Our selection committee had their hands full, selecting this year’s award winners from the more than 250 booth artisans.
Our ‘Best of the Fest’ award winner was Jennifer Bowman from Anacortes, and the ‘Best Creativity/Booth’ award went to Shelly Fredenberg of Eugene, Oregon. The Community Partnership Award is selected by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, and they chose Sawai & George McLaughlin from Zephyrhills, Florida.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
Our community has asked us for gift certificates to use with booth artisans at the Festival – we have decided to give you what you want!
Gift certificates are now available in $20 denominations and are the same as cash with our artists on the street. These certificates can also be used for merchandise in our information booth. Gift Certificates available for purchase in our office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm.
For additional questions, please contact Jennifer at the AAF office (360)293-6211, 505 ‘O’ Avenue.
Booth artisans have been invited, the fine art show is selected, the music schedule is filling up and staff is working hard at finalizing details in all of the Festival areas. It promises to be an exciting year with new artists and talent. Now is a good time to start planning ahead for three great days – August 3 through 5.
We are in the process of updating the 2018 applications and they will be available on our website the first week of January. 2018 Festival dates are August 3 – 5. Application deadlines include
Booth Artisans, March 6
Arts at the Port Juried Fine Art, April 3
Food Vendors, April 26
Entertainment, March 29
The Festival office will be closed from December 15 through January 2nd. We wish you all happy holidays and creative success in the new year!