August 6 – 8, 2021 Festival Plans

We had been moving full steam ahead for a smaller version of our summer festival and find ourselves in a bit of a pause. There are a number of entities, who we need permission from, in order to make an event happen. We are in holding pattern right now for what we expect to be a couple of weeks, before we can make any final plans.

We have every intention of hosting an art festival event the first weekend in August. It will be as large as allowed by the State, County, City and Port.

We will keep everyone updated in the coming weeks as things come together.

Planning for our 60th Anniversary

Welcome 2021!
Thank you for your patience as our Festival office comes back from a six-month closure. For now, we will be working remotely, but as the year progresses, we have no doubt that we will be back together in our office. Our staff is excited to be planning for the year and we look forward to updating you on the 2021 Anacortes Arts Festival as soon as we have additional information.
We want you to know, that it is our full intention to have a festival of some sort the first weekend in August. Due to current circumstances, we do not know if it will be safe to host our Festival in its traditional form and will need to await further direction from the state. This means that we will be holding off on opening any vendor or artist applications until we have a bit more information. We will let you know our plans as soon as possible, so keep an eye on our website for future updates.

Supporting Our Artists Through Gift Giving

You can support our local artists and Festival artists by visiting their websites and Etsy pages as a part of your holiday shopping.

Visit our Pre-Selected artists page to find links to their personal pages.

You can also find some of our local artists at Anacortes businesses, including:  Scott Milo Gallery, Little Tugs, Trinity Skate Shop, The Majestic, Bayshore or by visiting the gift shop at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner.

2020 Un-Festival Shirts Available Now!

Meet our 2021 Preselected Booth Artisans

We’ve launched a t-shirt fundraising campaign to commemorate the “festival that didn’t happen.”  You can purchase your shirt online with lots of options on colors and styles.  Profits from the shirt sales will help the Festival keep doing our important work for artists and our community.

The image is of Fidalgo Island and we are grateful to Marius Hibbard for letting us use it for our 2020 shirts.

All shirts purchased by July 9 will arrive to your home before the end of July.  Have your shirt ready to wear and support whatever summer activities the Festival might get up to.

Buy your shirt through this link.

2020 Festival Cancellation

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

2020 Summer Festival

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.

Everything You Need To Know!

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!


Creative action in Working Studios

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.