Arts, music, and festivals are key ingredients in the recipe that makes Anacortes, Washington a delicious Northwest destination any time of the year. A vibrant showplace for artists and musicians, Anacortes prides itself on its diverse public art collection and many festivals that happen throughout the year.
Art in Anacortes
Art is deep-rooted in the community with installations in locations throughout the city including public buildings, waterfront settings, parks, and forest lands. Thriving arts organizations offer year-round programming in theater, music, visual, and literary arts. The Anacortes Arts Commission website describes the many public art projects to be found here.
The First Friday Gallery Art Walk is held the first Friday of each month in downtown Anacortes from 6pm to 9pm. On these popular evenings, visitors and locals enjoy art in our many lovely galleries and often end up dining in one of our award-winning restaurants.
Live music and entertainment can be enjoyed four or five nights a week in Anacortes – check out these businesses and venue sites: Anacortes Rockfish Grill, The Brown Lantern, and The Heart of Anacortes.
Anacortes Community Theatre is an intimate venue that seats 114 patrons for its main stage performances. Each season features six shows of all genres with nearly 10,000 total seats available.
Fidalgo DanceWorks‘ mission is to provide excellence in dance education and performance for all – they accomplish this by offering 58 dance classes weekly for all ages and abilities, and by presenting 3 performances each year at Brodniak Hall. Check out their website for a complete list of classes and events.
With so many festivals and events happening throughout the year, you’ll love coming back to experience them all. Enjoy wine tasting, explore the many fields of tulips, discover art in all mediums and even take some home, bring man’s best friend to a festival of his very own, and so much more…
Here’s a brief annual calendar to help plan your trip.
For wine enthusiasts, the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival brings 30 wineries, eight restaurants, plus chocolates and cheese on Pier One overlooking the scenic Guemes Channel.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a destination event for the Pacific Northwest. Held the entire month of April, it celebrates millions of tulips bursting into bloom with events, activities, and bloom viewings.
In partnership with the Fidalgo Island Quilters, downtown Anacortes businesses host a quilt walk all month long. You’ll find more than 70 quilts adorning shop and gallery storefronts up and down Commercial Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare. Or look for small yellow tulip signs on shop windows that serve as your invitation to explore additional quilts displayed inside.
Art in Bloom features fine art shopping, an auction event to support Anacortes Schools, a 5k Color Run, and more!
Don’t miss out on the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show! Featuring close to 100 boats in the water, plus other vendors to help you with all of your boating needs.
The Anacortes Waterfront Festival celebrates the nautical heritage of Anacortes with a fun, family-friendly event, which runs the first Saturday and Sunday in June at the beautiful Cap Sante Marina.
Bring your favorite furry friend to Bark in the Park, a festival hosted by the City of Anacortes, including a parade of all dogs, a silly peanut butter eating contest, various competitions, and demos to keep all entertained.
A free Kids Fishing Derby hosted by the City of Anacortes and the Puget Sound/ Fidalgo Chapter Anglers offers each kid who enters a chance to win prizes and of course catch fish.
Celebrate our country’s independence with a parade downtown followed by the Rock the Dock! Enjoy great music, family fun, and fireworks at Seafarers’ Memorial Park.
10 blocks of treasures can be found at the annual Shipwreck Fest flea market on the third Saturday of the month.
Kids ‘R’ Best Fest, is a free event for kids to celebrate them and all they do for our community. Hosted by the City of Anacortes it features several activities and games for kids and families to participate in. Live entertainment is provided throughout the day and food is made available for a nominal fee.
In its 6th decade, the Anacortes Arts Festival is a celebration of arts in all forms. The festival runs the first full weekend in August each year. Plan to stay for the weekend and enjoy one of the area’s longest-running festivals.
For 35 years, Anacortes has been a hub for the Oyster Run, the “The Largest Motorcycle Run in the Pacific Northwest.” The rally takes place on the fourth Sunday of September, and riders from all over the West Coast – Montana, Idaho, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and Canada – make the trek to this picturesque island in the Skagit Valley.
Taste hand-crafted brews at the Anacortes Bier on the Pier, a two-day event during the first weekend in October on Pier One.
Grab your costumes and Trick or Treat in historic downtown Anacortes. Shops from 10th to 3rd street on Commercial Avenue will be handing out treats.
Anacortes shines with a Coastal Christmas celebration the entire month of December. With special events sure to fill your heart with the seasonal spirit don’t miss the annual Christmas parade and the lighting of the town’s unique Crab-pot Christmas Tree. Take the family or loved ones on a free horse-drawn trolley ride through our historic downtown and be sure to save time for breakfast with Santa, the adored Wonderland Walk, Celtic Christmas Concert, and Anacortes Farmers Market – Holiday Event.
Are You Ready To Experience Anacortes?
Want to learn more about things to do in Anacortes, Washington? Our website has lots of information on Anacortes restaurants, activities, and special events to help guide your plans for an island getaway. You can also find our Experience Anacortes app in the Apple Store and on Google Play.