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.

Vote for your Favorite Sculpture

The Anacortes Arts Commission with the financial support of Windermere Real Estate has established a loaned sculpture exhibit in and around the Madrona Grove at the Depot.  The exhibit is called the Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibition by Windermere Real Estate.  The sculptures are on display at the Depot Arts and Community Center, 611 R Avenue through December of 2017.  At the end of the exhibit one of the sculptures will be purchased through a donation from the Anacortes Arts Festival.  There are a number of factors that will go in to that purchase decision but one piece of that decision will be which sculpture is deemed most popular by the public.  The way we are determining the most popular will be through an online survey.  Please go to our survey to cast your vote.


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Art Dash

After positive feedback last year, the Art Dash has now officially moved to Festival weekend – Saturday, August 5. In its 12th year, this USTAF certified half marathon, 10k, 5k follows the beautiful Tommy Thompson Trail along the Anacortes waterfront and ends at the Port warehouse at the north end of the Festival.   Timing this year will be done by NW Endurance Events (look for chip timing in 2018).   The cost is $50 for the half marathon, $35 for the 10k and $25 for the 5k – $5 for under 12 and over 70.  At the end of the race, runners can enjoy music on our Port stage, beverages in the Waterfront Pub, food nearby –  with the whole Festival lineup waiting.  Come for the run, stay for the fun!

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Arty Party features music, art, fun

There are still a few tickets left for our annual Arty Party on Saturday, April 15th.  The evening centers around lively Dueling Pianos,  Dueling Painters (Jennifer Bowman & Terry MacDonald),  food truck offerings, beverages and fun!   A special highlight is our Mini-Masterpiece sale of over 100 pieces created by local artists to benefit youth arts education. These 5×7 and 3×4 canvases will be sold anonymously for $50 and $25. Choose the image you love and walk away with an original work by some of Anacortes’ most well-known artists. The best thing about the evening is that we are raising funds to support the Cultural Arts Program for the Anacortes School District. Tickets are $100 each and also include a Golden Ticket for one of the two paintings created during the evening.

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What’s an Arty Party?

Join us at the Depot on Saturday, April 15 for NOT an auction!  Arty Party is a fun night of celebrating art for our kids.  We are raising money for the School District’s Cultural Education Program by throwing a party.  Your experience includes dueling piano entertainment, food truck tasty bites, craft cocktails, beer & wine, small art canvases for sale, live painting and much more.

Tickets are limited, so gather your friends and make your plans now!

More information and tickets available here.

Color Run Registration Open!

Did you make New Year’s resolutions to be healthy and have more fun!? We have your answer – the 3rd Annual Do the Bloom Color Run!

Join us on Saturday, April 22 at the Depot Arts Center for a 5K Run, Walk or Stroll! There is also a One Mile Fun Run for the younger kids and their co-runners. This is a non-competitive fun run that will leave you looking like a piece of art! It’s been great fun for families and friends to come out and play together.

This year, after the run, stick around for our new Spring Fest. Two days of booth artists, food, entertainment, a youth area and beer garden. A great way to celebrate your colorful accomplishment!

More details and registration are available through Do the Bloom Color Run Registration.


South Commercial Artists selected

The jury was completed and the artists to participate in the South Commercial Art Project were selected.   Splash Mural artists include Jennifer Bowman, Kathleen Faulkner, Jessica Lynch, Ann Chadwick Reid, Cathy Schoenberg, Carla Seaton and Craig Weakley.   These fun & graphic digital murals will start going up before the end of the year.

Whale Tail sculpture artists selected include Fred Abelman, Stephanie Banaszak, Jennifer Bowman, Carla Seaton, Cathy Schoenberg and Tricia Sharp.   Fiberglass whale tail forms should be delivered early 2017, and sculptures painted and installed by next Spring.