The Anacortes Waterfront Festival happens the first full weekend in June. It’s a family-friendly festival that focuses on the maritime history of our island community.
We have many returning food and craft vendors and educational booths, and new ones that come in each year.
You’re sure to find a favorite activity, delicious treat, or musical act.
Need some ideas? Here are our Top Ten things to do at the Waterfront Festival!
1. Enjoy a Free Boat Ride
Brought to you by the Anacortes Yacht Club. Get there early on Saturday and Sunday for a free boat ride in the waters around Anacortes. The first boats head out at 10:00 am each day. You can sign up for your ride starting at 9:45 am at the gazebo by the Marina office. Much thanks to the Anacortes Yacht club for donating their time and use of their boats for the community event!
2. Quick and Dirty Boat Building Demonstration
Coordinated by the Anacortes Small Boat Center, teams work form 10am-3pm on Saturday to build boats out of limited materials and then demonstrate the floatability. All proceeds from the entry fees and judging goes to help fund ASBC’s long-term goal of a permanent small-boat facility in Anacortes. Click here to watch a video of the boat building and demonstration.
3. Corvettes and Classic Cars
Chat with auto enthusiasts at the Car Shows, happening on Saturday (Corvettes) and Sunday (Classic & Custom). Presented by the Majestic Glass Corvette Club, there are trophies handed out to some of the best cars, plus door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
4. Channel of Discovery
Guests at the festival can learn about the groups in our community that work to preserve our local resources and those that enjoy getting out on the water. Guests can also see and learn about RC boats, get safety tips from the U.S. Coast Guard, and talk with festival sponsors, such as Shell Puget Sound Refinery to learn about how they give back to the community.
5. Build a Boat with Fidalgo Island Rotary
Open to kids of all ages, the Fidalgo Island Rotary hosts this free activity that has become a tradition for families. Kids can build their own boat and float it in the Rotary pond.
6. Milk Carton Derby
Teams of kids ages 6-14 work throughout May to create boats out of paper milk cartons. The Sunday of the festival the boats are paraded to the water and the teams row them through a course to test their ability to float. Prizes are awarded for function and creativity.
7. Enjoy Delicious Treats
Sample an awesome variety of festival food from local vendors. From BBQ to ice cream, the Waterfront Festival serves up a mouthwatering selection of food options to choose from. For many, the festival is a chance to enjoy their first foot long corn dog of the summer!
8. Live Music
Listen to local musicians at the Shell Entertainment Stage. The festival features 13 different groups, from local and school performers to headline musicians. The Chris Eger Band is going to keep the music going until 7:00 pm on Saturday night and Rabbit Wilde will close out the festival on Sunday.
9. Have a Ball in the Pay for Play Area
Spend some time in the pay-for-play area! There are several entertainment areas where you can spend a couple of dollars for priceless memories. Floating water balls (like the ones shown here) are always a big hit, as are the bouncy house, tall slides, and Zorb spheres.
10. Support Small Business
Browse arts, crafts, home goods and food booths made by friendly people you can chat with! Many of these merchants are small business owners who travel, exploring parts of America and sharing their products with festival attendees. With over 75 different art, craft, and marine related vendors at the festival, guests are sure to find unique gifts and maybe even something for themselves.