Sculpture, Theatre, Bands on Fidalgo Island

Stroll the byways and park areas of Anacortes, where the island city’s breathtaking natural assets serve as a backdrop for marvelous sculpture works by regional artists.

From renowned Guemes Island artist Phil McCracken’s osprey sculpture at the top of Mt. Erie to Leo Osborne’s soaring raptor on the beach near the Guemes Ferry Terminal, public sculptures abound. Complementing this pair of artworks are sculptures and Native American story pole on Tommy Thompson Trail, which follows the northeast shoreline of Fidalgo Island.

Travel the city’s main street in search of sculptures displayed as part of the Anacortes Arts Commission’s “Arts on the Avenue” program. Don’t miss Seattle artist Gerard Tsutakawa’s “Annie Curtis” sculpture at Cap Sante Marina, a public jewel just two blocks from historic downtown Anacortes.

Pass into a vibrant community theater where many dedicated thespians mark their years of experience in decades. 

At Anacortes Community Theatre (the “other” ACT), the visitor might encounter a lively class for children or a raucous rehearsal for a pending play. The ambitious slate of upcoming productions includes 9 to 5: The Musical (March 2018); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (June 2018); Hound of the Baskervilles (July 2018); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (September 2018); and Noel Noir (November 2018).  Theatre Manager Tim Brown, who boasted an impressive list of production credits before graduating from Anacortes High School in 1999, is eager to lead a team of volunteers whose talents range from orchestra to staging, from drama to musical.

Follow the sweet strains of music to pubs and restaurants where your dining experience includes live entertainment by inspired musicians who call Anacortes home.

Anacortes has a well-established reputation for live entertainment, with venues ranging from casino to restaurants and pubs. Local talent includes up-and-coming Indie bands such as The Lonely Forest and BellaMaine.

Vocalist Trish Hatley has an established following among jazz aficionados, as has blues singer Mia Vermillion. Also popular among locals is the folk-rock duo called Spoonshine, featuring Jacob Navarro and William Cook. Splitting his roles as rock musician and restaurateur is Rick Star, who often spends the evening on stage after a day’s shift as proprietor at the Rockfish Grill and H2O Tavern.

Visit Anacortes, where the celebration of the arts is a way of life.

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