Thank You To Our Amazing Volunteers

Thank you to all of our volunteers who make the Anacortes Arts Festival come alive! As the largest event in Anacortes, it is only possible with the help that our 255 volunteers provide. We are thrilled that this was such a successful Festival and want to make sure our volunteers know how much they are appreciated.

Thank you also to our community, for supporting the Festival and welcoming our visitors to town. We are proud that Anacortes is such a vibrant and friendly destination for our artists as well as Festival goers!

Sign-up to volunteer at the Festival

Be a part of Anacortes’ largest community event of the year, the 55th Anacortes Arts Festival will be held on August 5-7th. We are looking for community members who want to join in the fun and participate through volunteering! There are lots of different jobs; art docent, information booth, booth sitter, lunch delivery, youth area, production set-up, beer garden, wine bar and so much more.

Come enjoy the Festival and represent your community while doing something fun! Signing up is simple, just go to the online sign-up and pick what works for your schedule. If you have any questions or need help, please contact Jennifer at the Festival office, 360-293-6211 or

Waterfront Festival Fun!

The Anacortes Chamber’s Waterfront Festival is just around the corner and the Festival is excited to be involved again as a part of the Youth Area.  We will be in the Channel of Discovery, helping kids make a fun art project.

We still need a few more volunteers to work in our space, helping kids be creative and offering them as-needed assistance as they work on their take-home art project.

Come enjoy a couple of hours down by the water, playing!  Sign up here if you can join us.

Gearing up for Festival volunteers


Thank you to the many volunteers who helped with our Art in Bloom events. Your hard work and dedication to the Anacortes Arts Festival is very much appreciated.

Proceeds from our Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition, Evening of Color Auction and The Art of Shopping benefit the Anacortes School District Cultural Arts Program. Proceeds from our Do the Bloom Color Run support public art on Fidalgo Island. We’re proud to give back to our community, but it’s the help of our volunteers that make this possible. Thank you for making Art in Bloom such a huge success. 

We are excited to have expanded our April events this year and are already looking forward to next April!

Volunteers Needed for Art in Bloom Events

Art in Bloom

The Anacortes Arts Festival is looking for volunteers to help with our April Art in Bloom events. There are lots of different ways for community members to participate. A Fine Art Show, an auction, a color run, or our new Art of Shopping event – the choice is yours and we hope you’ll join us. Please take a moment to go online and sign-up for something that sounds fun to you!

The Arts Festival has moved to an online sign-up system to make the process quicker and easier for our volunteers. You’ll be able to see shifts available in real time and pick what works for your schedule. If you have any questions or need help with signing up, please call the office at 360-293-6211 so that we can assist you.

Art in Bloom > Fine Art ShowArt of ShoppingEvening of ColorColor Run


Collectors Club Studio Tour

Thank you to Graham Schodda for inviting our Collectors Club to tour his studio earlier this month. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience a local artist’s work space and see his creativity at play! We made a fabulous day of it in Bellingham and after lunch we were able to visit Sculpture Northwest to see their latest exhibition, Forging Reflection: Luminosity meets Metalwork.

Become an Anacortes Arts Festival Collector and join us on our next adventure! To learn more, please contact Jennifer at (360)293-6211 or


Thank You to our Volunteers

The Anacortes Arts Festival is grateful for the time our volunteers have given this year to make the Festival all that it is. As our organization grows and new events are created, we continue to rely on our volunteers more than ever. We appreciate their dedication to our mission of creating a vibrant arts community here on Fidalgo Island.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers and happy holidays!

The Anacortes Arts Festival Staff

Volunteers Needed for Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Washington Park

The Anacortes Arts Festival is again hosting a campsite during Winter Wonderland at Washington Park on the evenings of December 11th & 12th. We are looking for volunteers to help set-up the campsite (string lights, decorate etc.) on the 9th and 10th and we also need Santa Helpers for the actual event.

If you are interested in joining in the fun and helping to make this festive tradition come alive, please click here to see the shifts available. The new online sign-up is fast and easy! We hope you will find something that works for your schedule.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 293-6211. Thanks for volunteering your support!

Volunteers of the Year

The Anacortes Arts Festival has chosen Jim and Terry MacDonald as our Volunteers of the Year for 2015. This husband and wife duo has been volunteering with the Festival for several years now. Each year their involvement grows and their contributions have expanded. They have become an integral part of our volunteer family.

For the last couple of years, Jim and Terry have designed and produced the Arts Festival’s amazing display at Winter Wonderland in Washington Park. Last year they put together a spectacular rainbow of lights and we are all anxious to see their plans for this year’s display!

In addition to Winter Wonderland, the MacDonalds have helped set up the last few Fine Art Shows, and helped with our Art in Bloom events in April. They are always up for lending a hand wherever they can.

Terry and Jim give an incredible amount of time to the Arts Festival and have an infectious positive energy they bring to each and every project they are involved in. Please join me in recognizing and celebrating the MacDonalds as Volunteers of the Year!