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!)




Art Dash Registration Open!

It’s time to get off of the couch and start preparing for the 13th Annual Art Dash!  Registration is open for this year’s Half Marathon, 10K or 5K.  New this year is chip timing for our more serious runners.

The run is on a beautiful, mostly flat course and ends on the waterfront at the Port Warehouse.  Click here for information and the links to register.


Beach Bash Sold Out

It’s official – Buffett Beach Bash, our fundraiser for art in our local schools, is SOLD OUT!  Thank you to everyone, who bought tickets.  We are ready to have a fun and fabulous event with you all!

It will be quite the site, with all of us dancing the night away to Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band!  Happy Hour is from 6 – 7:30p.m. and the band takes the stage at 7:30p.m.  There is a raffle for tickets to Jimmy’s June 23 show and a Margaritaville Margarita Machine, a costume contest, fun drink concoctions, cheeseburgers for sale, and swag to buy in case you forget your costume!

If you missed getting tickets for this year, keep your eyes open for 2019!!!!

Win Tickets to See Jimmy Buffett!

Newly added to the Buffett Beach Bash on April 14 – Two Tickets to the Jimmy Buffett concert at Key Arena, on June 23 will be auctioned that night!

Don’t miss all of the beachy fun at this new fundraiser for art in our schools.

Cheeseburgers, margaritas, parrothead swag for sale and dancing to Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads ALL NIGHT LONG!

All of the event and ticket information is on our Buffett Beach Bash page.

Tickets are going fast!  Get a group together so you have a reserved table for 10!  $500 includes a guaranteed seat with your 9 best friends, a swag bag and snacks.

April Beach Party Fundraiser!

We have a perfect solution for fighting off the winter blues….make plans to join us for the Buffett Beach Bash on April 14th.  Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, will perform hours of your favorite Buffett and classic rock songs while you dance, eat cheeseburgers and drink margaritas!
The event is a fundraising for art in Anacortes Schools and promises to be loaded with Parrothead fun!
All of the fun will take place at the Port Transit Shed with doors opening at 6:00p.m.
Tickets are just $40 each or a reserved table of 10 is $500.  Tickets are on sale now online or by contacting our office.
More details on our Buffettt Beach Bash page.  And, sorry Lil’ Keets, this is a 21 & Over event.

Off-season community involvement

During the off season, our staff and board are busy participating in community events.  We put on our Project Runway hats and made an ensemble out of non-convention materials (office supplies) for the Anacortes Senior Center Fundraiser in October (at left).  We decorated the feature tree for the Anacortes Schools Foundation’s Celebrate the Season event on Dec 1 & 2 … and we decorated and hosted a campsite at the Winter Wonderland family light display at Washington Park on December 8 & 9.