The Annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival: it’s the perfect setting for a fun-filled Northwest weekend!
Close your eyes and imagine yourself on the northeast shore of Fidalgo Island, enjoying a cold beer or a glass of wine in an outdoor garden situated just a few feet from the Main Stage of the Anacortes Waterfront Festival – let your inner sailor embrace life on the water.
This annual maritime event, based at Cap Sante Marina, actually pre-dates Seafair! Today it enjoys a regional reputation as a family-friendly event with a crowd size that is “just right.” Festival hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Not only is admission to the June festival free, but so are popular festival features including remote control boat races, milk carton boat derby, art show, classic car and Corvette show and complimentary boat rides offered by the Anacortes Yacht Club. There’s also live music for both days of the festival (Saturday and Sunday) with local groups, plus performances by Anacortes School organizations and bands. Live music ranges from sea shanties to rockabilly to rock n’ roll.
There are dozens of on-site art and crafts vendors, and food booths with entrees, desserts and drinks that are guaranteed to satisfy – enjoy everything from pulled pork sandwiches, cotton candy and hot dogs, to Gyros, Mexican tamales and more! Channel of Discovery displays range from model boats, to learning about our waterfront environment and forest land wildlife.
The marina neighborhood is also alive with activity, all within walking distance to the historic downtown area boasting retail shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels.
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).
Experience Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island, for the Annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival!
originally written May 23rd, 2013