Online Art Auction Registration is Open!

We are so excited to host our first-ever online art auction. And, wait until you see some of the amazing work being dropped off at our office right now!

Bidding opens on March 8th and will end March 20th with a virtual celebration of art. There are three registration levels available and you can find all of that information on our auction website.  Register now and be the first to see the work when the online catalog goes live next week.

Participating in the auction is a great way to support the Anacortes Arts Festival and to help us continue to do our important work of supporting artists and art programs. We’ve been creating magic in the Anacortes Community for 60 years. The Festival events provide an important economic impact for local businesses. And, we help to keep art and culture alive for our residents & our kids. With your help, we will be here for years to come!

If you are interested in sponsoring the auction or making an off-line donation, please contact Meredith at

Now, go register for the auction so you are ready to start bidding as soon as it opens!



Festival’s First Online Art Auction in March!

Join the Anacortes Arts Festival for an online art auction and celebration of art. Bidding is open from March 8 – 20 and will conclude with a live virtual event on Saturday, March 20.

What Can I Bid On?

More than 120 art pieces will be available through the auction. Work includes paintings, sculpture, photography, 3D work, jewelry and more. Donating artists include Sue Robert, Leo Osborne, Ann Reid, Cherie Keese, Heidi Klepper, Graham Schodda, Tracy Powell, Lanny Bergner, Terry MacDonald, Jennifer Bowman, Dona Reed, Elizabeth Person and Jeff Zigulus.


There are three ticket options to participate in the auction

  • $10 donation (per family) for general bidding and virtual event viewing
  • $50 Premium ticket donation (per family) includes access to bidding & the live event, plus a charcuterie board and bottle of bubbly to enjoy during the virtual live event
  • $100 Collector’s Club ticket (per family) includes a year membership in our Collector’s Club*, access to bidding & the live event, a pre-event cocktail lesson with Tim Moffit from A’Town Bistro, plus a charcuterie board and bottle of bubbly to enjoy during the virtual live event.

Why Should I Participate?

In its 60 years, the Anacortes Arts Festival has been an integral part of the community identity and the largest proponent for the arts.   With the cancellation of the 2020 Festival, the staff was furloughed, and the Festival lost most of its annual income. The good news is that our organization remains committed to continuing our mission and our staff is working together (remotely, for now) to plan several events for 2021.   We are hopeful that we will be able to have a modified Festival event in August that also includes Arts at the Port.

In the last decade, the Festival has not only created a vital economic impact event for Anacortes businesses, but we have also donated more than $250,000 back into art programs in our community.

By participating in the Virtual Art Auction, you are helping to ensure that the Anacortes Arts Festival is around for years to come and is able to continue doing our important work to keep art and culture flourishing.

Showcasing Student Art


Next week, we were supposed to be putting together a Community Youth Art Show and hosting a fundraiser to support art in schools.  We are still working to find a way to do both of those things!  We will keep everyone updated about a possible new date for the Chance McKinney night and ways we are working to showcase student art at the August Festival.

For now, during the school closure, we would LOVE to see what art the students have been working on.  It would be great if pieces represent what’s happening in their worlds or their life on Fidalgo Island.  However, THIS IS NOT REQUIRED.  We just really want to see what everyone is up to!

If you are struggling to find projects for them, we’ve been posting a number of youth art ideas each week and there are lots of online sources to help you!

When they have an art piece they are proud of, we would love to see it!  Take a picture of them with their art piece and share on Facebook or Instagram with hashtags:  #showusyourartanacortes & #anacortesartsfestival.  Or, you can email it to us at


Fundraising for Kids’ Art with Chance!

Shine up your cowboy boots and join us for this year’s spring fundraising event…”Our Backyard” – a night of country music and dancing.

Country musician Chance McKinney will headline the evening after a fun happy hour featuring drink specials and line dancing instruction.  There will also be food trucks, raffles and swag for purchase.  The proceeds from this event will benefit art programs for Anacortes students.

Come enjoy a fun night for friends and help us keep creativity alive in our classrooms!

Tickets are $45 each and are available online here or by stopping by our office.



Buffett Beach Bash On Sale!

We had so much fun last year, dancing the winter funk out, that we are doing it for two nights this year!

Join us for a night of Jimmy Buffett music, margaritas, and lots and lots of fun!  Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band will lead us in a night of great music and good times.  All while raising money for art programs for Anacortes students.  It’s a night that you certainly don’t want to miss!!

More information, including the link to buy tickets.

2019 Buffett Beach Bash

Save the date for TWO NIGHTS of Buffett Beach Bash in 2019:  April 19 & 20!
This year’s event was so popular and we were able to fund the Anacortes School District’s Cultural Education Program….so let’s double the fun next year!

Watch for tickets to go on sale late-2018.

Color Run Registration Open!

Join us for Anacortes’ very own color run – Do the Bloom! This is the fourth year of this 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk, Stroll or Crawl! The course is along the beautiful Cap Sante Marina and our volunteer color throwers will work to make you a moving piece of art at each of their color stations.

This is a great opportunity to be active and smile ALL THE WAY! This event is filled with joy and frivolity and is appropriate for runners (and walkers) of all ability levels. It is a fun run and though we award the top finishers, it is not a timed race.

Do the Bloom is produced by the Anacortes Arts Festival and the proceeds benefit Public Art Programs on Fidalgo Island.

Registration is open now on

Change of course for 2018 April events

We are changing course for our 2018 April events. Replacing a Fine Art Show and Spring Fest, activities will include our 4th annual Color Run (5k) and a Jimmy Buffett concert event featuring Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads out of Northern California. Both these events will take place on Saturday, April 14. Proceeds from these events will continue to support the Cultural Arts Program for the Anacortes School District and public art projects. Stay tuned for more details.

April events expand to include Spring Fest

Moving into its 4th year, Spring Fest expands the Festival’s reach into the off-season. 2017 dates are April 14-22. Originally started as an opportunity to bring an art focus to Anacortes during the busy Tulip Festival season, Spring Fest has evolved into a series of fun, family friendly events. Included in the lineup are a Fine Art Exhibition geared toward emerging collectors, an Evening Event to benefit arts education for school children, Do the Bloom Color Run (supporting public art) and NEW Spring Fest with booth artisans, entertainment, food and more. Stay tuned…