Art Dash sign ups

It’s not too early to sign up for our 15th annual Art Dash on Saturday, August 1st during Festival weekend. This half marathon, 10k, 5k is a flat course that follows the beautiful Anacortes waterfront trail; ending at the Port dock at the north end of the Festival. It is USATF certified and chip timed by Northwest Endurance Events.  The Art Dash is a partnership with the City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation with proceeds funding public art projects.  Come for the run, stay for the fun.

More Info & sign ups. 

Three Stages Jam Packed for Three Days!

The three stages at the Anacortes Arts Festival are packed with non-stop talent.

We are proud to be partnering with the Manieri Endowment again to bring you a group of amazing jazz musicians.  The ever-popular Nearly Dan is back on Friday night and there are a number of exciting new-to-the-Festival jazz musicians throughout the weekend.  Pearl Django and Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints are back on Saturday afternoon.  And, a band with a name that is so intriguing, that you can’t miss them on Sunday – Herding Cat Octet!

The Main Stage is packed with great music to enjoy from the Hideout Beer Garden.  Friday night features John Van Deusen and Friends and a Tom Petty Tribute Group, Petty Differences.  Saturday is all day rockin’ and country fun with Geoffrey Castle, Chris Eger Band, Knut Bell & the Blue Collars and Award-Winning Country Musician Chance McKinney.  On Sunday, Bellingham favorite Kuinka will close out the Festival with their joyful, fun pop.

Enjoying music on the dock, along Guemes Channel is one of the rare treats that the Festival offers.  Local favorite Mama Dirty Skirt is back on Friday evening, during the Friday Night Art Walk.  We’ve brought another fan favorite, Commander Mojo & the Horns of Discontent back on Saturday to rock the dock.  And, Sunday morning, start your day with Ebb, Slack & Flood.

Find the full schedule for each stage here and plan to spend time at each stage dancing, tapping your toes or clapping your hands!

Festival Gift Certificates

Want to get that special someone a special gift?  Have a friend, who is really hard to buy for?  Or, a spouse, who loves shopping at the Anacortes Arts Festival?

We’ve got you covered!  Gift Certificates are available now. They can be used at any of our booth artisan booths or at our Information Booth, where you can buy one of the cool shirts for this year!

You can stop by the Festival Office (505 O Avenue), Tuesday – Thursday or call us (360-293-6211) to purchase your certificates before the Festival.


2020 Festival Dates

As crazy as it sounds to some people, we’ve had a number of inquiries about next year’s dates.  The calendar falls a little odd for us, with August 1 being on a Saturday.

So, we just wanted to share a “Save the Date” with everyone for next year and make sure that you get to make your hotel reservations really early!

The Anacortes Arts Festival will be July 31 – August 2, 2020.



5th Annual Color Run

Spring is a great time to celebrate blooming tulips, the hope of sunshine and getting outdoors.  The 5th Annual Do the Bloom Color Run is the perfect way to celebrate spring!  Join us for a 5K run, walk, stroll, jog or crawl on Saturday, April 13.  We start at the Depot Arts Center and stay 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!

Guns to art project

The Festival is participating in the Regeneration Project – a community guns-to-art project.   The project accepted donated weapons in the fall, and a group of talented artists are transforming them or using them for inspiration for artwork that honors victims of violence and first responders.  Participating artists include Tracy Powell, Lanny Bergner, Natalie Niblack, Kathleen Faulkner, Ann Reid, Peregrine O’Gormley and John Bowey. Their collaborative installation will be displayed at this year’s Arts at the Port during the Festival.   The public can still participate by donating to the project (either guns or money) – information is available on the Regeneration website.

2019 Grant Applications Available Now

The Anacortes Arts Festival provides grants to a wide range of arts education and enrichment programs supporting creativity in our community. 2019 Grant applications are available now on our website at Grant Guidelines. Applications are being accepted through November 13, 2018.

We encourage visual and performing artists, arts organizations and arts programs to develop projects, activities, special events and classes that benefit the Fidalgo Island and Guemes Island community. Grant requests where people and programs work cooperatively are encouraged.

In 2018, our Giving Back Grants totaled $22,150. Over $50,000 has been given back to our community this year in grants, public art, cultural education funding for the Anacortes School District and fine art awards.

Purchase Festival Merchandise Online

If you weren’t able to stop by the information booth during the Festival to pick up your t-shirt or poster, they’re still available through our website at our ONLINE STORE. We have shirts, posters, canvas bags and wine glasses for sale, as well as past Festival gear.

Dona Reed’s beautiful salmon has been a huge hit as our 2018 Festival image. Pick up your merchandise while supplies last!

Register for Art Dash half marathon, 10k, 5k

In its 13th year, the Art Dash is a popular way to kick off Saturday during the Festival.  It’s a USTAF certified half marathon, 10k, 5k run along the beautiful (flat) Anacortes waterfront.   New this year is chip timing by NW Endurance Events.   Races start at 8am behind City Hall and end on the Port dock.   After the run, stay and enjoy Festival music, food, art and fun experiences.

Buskerfest Applications Available

On Sunday, August 26, buskers will fill beautiful Downtown Anacortes during the 3rd Annual Buskerfest.  This event happens during Open Streets Anacortes, where residents are invited to bike, stroll, skate, run and walk through the downtown streets.

Accepted buskers will be assigned a location and are eligible for the People’s Choice Award, which includes a top prize of $250!!!!

Application deadline is August 9, 2018.  We can not guarantee placement for any applications received after that date.  So….get yours in now (download the application!)