Anacortes Arts Festival – three days of art, music, and food!

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Anacortes Arts Festival

August 2 – 4, 2019
Friday, from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Local tip:  If you are looking for quieter crowds, head downtown Friday morning or Sunday afternoon.

The 58th Anacortes Arts Festival is right around the corner and you won’t want to miss the art, music, and food!

There is so much to experience in these three days, it might take you all three days to enjoy all there is to enjoy. The Festival even has gift certificates available so you can share the shopping for art fun with family and friends! 


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A checklist of things not to miss, during Festival Weekend:

  1. With 250 booth artisans, at least 50 of them new to our festival, you are certain to find that special treasure!

  2. Three stages of entertainment will feature more than 40 entertainers, including Rock, Country, Jazz, Americana, and World Music. On Friday night, enjoy Mama Dirty Skirt, John Van Deusen and then the Steeley Dan Tribute Band – Nearly Dan. Saturday features Birch Perera & the Gin Joints, Chris Eger, Knut Bell & the Blue Collars, Geoffrey Castle and Chance McKinney. On Sunday, hear Herding Kats Nonet, Ebb Slack & Flood, and Bellingham favorite Kuinka. 

  3. In addition to fabulous festival food in the Food Court area, make sure you look for something new in our Food Truck Alley, newly moved to 8th Street. BBQ, Wood-fired pizza, Mexican food, and Anthony’s Food Truck will all be there to delight you.

  4. If you missed the Fine Art Opening on July 27, luckily there is lots of time to experience Arts at the Port. There are small docent tours at noon on July 30 and August 1. And, the show is open late during the August Art Walk on Friday, August 2. The Juried Show, curated by Juror Joanna Sikes from MoNA, features more than 200 pieces of art.  And, the Allen Family Focus Gallery welcomes three talented artists – Anacortes’ own Cathy Schoenberg, Jill Nordfors and Charissa Brock. 

  5. In addition to the juried show and the Allen Family Focus Gallery, make sure you take time with two very special installations – Voices of the Children and the Regeneration Project “Say Their Names.” The Voices of the Children installation features ceramic butterflies that combine poetry, writing, film, and clay in a project for teenage girls from Skagit County. The Regeneration Project is an artist response to the phenomenon of mass shootings in America. Thirty artists have created more than 1000 rocks, each displaying the name, event, date, and age of an individual killed in 84 mass shootings in America. The rocks are being assembled into a large Cairn installation. Also take a few minutes to watch an accompanying video that incorporates writing from students and adults, who have been impacted by gun violence.

  6. In the Working Studios, near Cortland, you will see woodworking, blacksmithing, chalk art, graffiti artists, basket weaving, the Samish carvers, stone carving, Al Currier painting a mural for the Tommy Thompson Trail and two more additions to Pianocortes being designed. 

  7. Maryhill Winery is back as a partner in the Reunion Wine Bar, make sure to stop by for a glass or a bottle while you listen to the music at the Jazz Stage. 

  8. The streets will be filled with runners in the pre-festival hours on Saturday, August 2 for the 14th Annual Art Dash.  There is still time to register to run the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon.  The Half Marathon medals are pretty great this year – might be worth a 13-mile effort!  Proceeds from the Art Dash fund Public Art in Anacortes, including the soon-to-be installed piece in the new soon-to-be-revealed, Pocket Park by the Post Office.

There is so much that happens on the streets of Downtown Anacortes this one weekend a year. Make your plans now so you don’t miss any of it!

More information at anacortesartsfestival.com

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