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The Anacortes Waterfront Festival 2017 dates are:
Saturday June 3rd 10AM-6PM
Sunday June 4th 10AM-5PM

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting out your inner sailor and embracing life on the water!  This annual Anacortes event has something for everyone: an open-air car show, food vendors, arts and craft booths, children’s activities, giant slides, water balls, dinners and dances, live music and entertainment, wine and beer garden, and so much more!

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival showcases the best of waterfront activities. On Saturday, Quick and Dirty Boat Building teams build boats all day and then test their floatability. Take a free boat ride – both days! – with the Anacortes Yacht Club by registering at the gazebo by the marina’s main office between 10am and 3:30pm.

Hands-on children’s activities include building wooden sail boats with Fidalgo Island Rotary, games, and more. Channel of Discovery displays range from model boats, to learning about our waterfront environment and forest land wildlife. A great variety of food vendors offer everything from pulled pork sandwiches, cotton candy and hotdogs, to Gyros, Mexican tamales and more! Relax in the beer garden with live music and sea shanties.

Festival hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Waterfront Festival is located on the grounds of the beautiful Cap Sante Marina at 1019 Q Avenue in Anacortes, WA.

Anacortes is located between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC. From I-5, head west on Highway 20 to Anacortes. Go north on Commercial Avenue. Turn right on 11th Street. The festival is in the parking lot of the marina on 11th and Q (across from the Safeway parking lot).

Parking is available in the gravel lot next to the marina and along adjacent streets. Please do not use the Safeway lot. ADA accessible parking is located just south of the shipmasters building. Please click here for a map of recommended parking areas. Be sure to drive slowly and be on the lookout for pedestrians, who have the right of way and should be yielded to by vehicles.


Quick & Dirty Boat Building Demonstration – click here for paperwork and rules

Teams may consist of private individuals or be sponsored by a business. Each building team will consist of no more than 3 people. You are encouraged to have support crew to bribe the judges, convince patrons to donate to your people’s choice award bucket and to just generally engage in the fun and comradery!

Date: Saturday, June 3rd
Location: Southwest parking lot of Harbormaster building in Cap Sante Marina
Set-up: 8:00am – 9:00am
Build Boats: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Boat Decorating & Area Clean-up: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Parade and Race – 5:00 pm
Awards: Immediately following the race.

Team Entry Fees help support the Anacortes Small Boat Center, and proceeds from The People’s Choice Award help support the non-profit of your choice!


Many thanks to the sponsors of our 2017 Waterfront Festival

Presenting Sponsor

Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Fleet Level Sponsors

Dakota Creek

Island Hospital

Island Hospital

Port of Anacortes

Port of Anacortes

Trident Seafoods

Admiralty Level Sponsors

Skagit Valley Herald

Skagit Valley Herald

Remax

REMAX Gateway

Tesoro

Vice-Admiralty Level Sponsors

Anthonys Restaurants

Anthony’s Restaurants

Bank of the Pacific

Bank of the Pacific

Scott Milo Gallery

Scott Milo Gallery

Quantum Construction

Quantum Construction

Samish Indian Nation

Samish Indian Nation

Commodore Level Sponsors

CPI Plumbing & Heating

CPI Plumbing & Heating

Judd & Black

Judd & Black

Swinomish Casino & Lodge

Captain Level Sponsors

Anacortes American

Birch Equipment

Edward Jones Jeffrey Pleet

Edward Jones, Jeffrey Pleet

Gere-a-Deli

Gere-a-Deli

Irishman Enterprises

Irishman Enterprises

Pacific Party Canopies

Pacific Party Canopies

Peoples Bank

Skagit Bank

Skagit Bank

Williams & Nulle

Williams & Nulle CPA, PLLC

Boatswain Level Sponsors

Fidalgo Bay Resort
Lakeside Industries
Mystic Sea Charters
Tri-County Recycling

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