Celebrate waterfront fun with sea shanties, fish mongers, boat rides, boat races and more, at the 25th Annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival.
This Anacortes event has something for everyone: free boat rides, schooner tours and sailing, dinners and dances, tide pool displays, guided waterfront walks, art exhibits, free children’s activities, costume creations, giant slides, water balls, and more.
Friday June 6th
Friday evening the Waterfront Festival Kick-Off Dinner, a community favorite honoring the 25th Annual Waterfront Festival, offers guests breathtaking sunset views of the Guemes Channel and the San Juan Islands while sipping on drinks, and savoring hors d’oeuvres and dinner in an authentic historic pier building. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed, tickets are $45 and available at the Port of Anacortes.
Fish rule at the “Art of Fish” show at The Depot Arts & Community Center. This exhibit highlights the importance of the fishing industry and fishing on Fidalgo Island by featuring a variety of themed “fish” artwork from photography, painting, sculpture, metalwork, fiber art and jewelry. Learn about fly fishing with special guests from the Fidalgo Flyfishing Group and their display of fly fishing ties, rods and a demonstration on the art of tying flies. This exhibit is also part of the First Friday Artwalk and the Anacortes Farmers Market. This free event begins Friday June 6th from 6-9 p.m. and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday June 7 & Sunday June 8
The 25th Annual 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 at 5:00 pm at Cap Sante Marina.
The Schooner Adventuress, a National Historic Landmark, gives free dockside tours Saturday from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a jaunt on the water the Adventuress sails Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., tickets are $55 for adults and $35 for 18 and under.
Take a free boat ride with Anacortes Yacht Club on D Dock register at the gazebo by the marina’s main office.
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the radio-controlled sail boat regatta tests their sailing skills.
Hands-on children’s activities include building wooden sail boats with Fidalgo Island Rotary, games, making costumes and more.
Channel of Discovery displays range from model boats, tide pool exploration to learning about our waterfront environment. The Anacortes High School Robotics Team will be giving demonstrations.
A great variety of food vendors offer everything from crab and shrimp melts, mini donuts, deep fried Twinkies, gyros, to Hawaiian BBQ and more! Relax in the beer garden with live music and sea shanties.
Saturday evening, the “Plaza Dance,” revives Anacortes’s “pavement dance” where the community welcomed returning fisherman back to land with a lively and festive street dance. Enjoy local seafood from fish monger The Shrimp Shack, kick back in the Anacortes Brewery beer garden and groove to the verve of the A Town Big Band. This free event takes place at The Depot Art and Community Center and immediately follows the close of the main festival from 6-8 p.m.
- Trail Tales offers guided walking tours at Cap Sante Marina. At 11 a.m.
- On Saturday The Ships Came Sailing In, gives a historical look at the vessels and cargo of Fidalgo Bay, and at 3 p.m., Family and Friends Dock Walk, discusses the biology under the boats.
- At 11 a.m on Sunday, Cap Sante Boat Basin, reviews how boating shaped the history and businesses of Anacortes. Tours meet near the flagpoles.
- That’s not all, bicyclists can participate in the Saturday High Tide Run which starts Marine Technology Building and finishes at the festival entrance. A $35 registration fee required, benefits go to North Islands Young Life.
- And, for the car lover the Custom Class Car Show is Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 25th Annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting your inner sailor embrace life on the water.
Festival hours for 2014: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
originally written by Lara Dunning on May 13, 2014