Festival weekend of Art, Music, Food & Fun
booth artists offer fun, beautiful & diverse art
A rich experience is in store

It's Festival week!  The weather forecast is on our side, and no matter what your interest, we have something for you.  If you have questions once you're here - or want to purchase a Festival t-shirt, visit our Information booth on 6th Street. We want to remind folks to PLEASE be kind and leave your pets at home!   Festival hours

Friday | 10 - 7 (Stages & Port open later)
Saturday | 10 - 6
Sunday | 10 - 5

Nearly Dan
Festival Entertainment
40 Musical Groups

Festival music has evolved into a big deal! There are local groups including Campbell Miller,  Hoe & Harrow, Sky All Around  - plus lots of regional favorites showcasing Country, Blues, Jazz, Rock, World and Americana music.   Thanks to the Manieri Endowment for a fantastic Jazz lineup including, among others, Pearl Django, Joan Penney, Union Blues - and the ever popular Nearly Dan (a Steely Dan tribute band) on Friday night.  Music runs late on all 3 stages on Friday night - and Main Stage on Saturday night.

Booth Artisans
Talent & hard work

With over 250 booth artisans, expect to see some familiar work and a significant number of new artists to our show.  We jury a range of work and prices so that everyone can find something that appeals to them.   We recognize how hard these artists work, and provide them lunches each day and booth sitters to give them a break.  You can thank them by showing interest in their work (or better yet, by making a purchase). 

Festival Food
two locations

What would any great Festival be without food?  In addition to our food court on 3rd Street we have Food Truck Alley on 6th Street.  Here are some menu items to get your tastebuds excited...grilled oysters, Japanese Bento, paella, woodfired pizza, poutine, mini donuts - plus popcorn and coffee and more...YUM

Northwest Wine in Reunion Wine Bar
Brews & Bottles & Bubbles 
Three relaxing alcohol gardens

Each of our stages has a beer or wine garden adjacent - giving you a perfect place to sit & unwind while listening to music.  We're talking Northwest micro & craft beers, award-winning wines - and even cocktails! Thanks to our sponsor partners, Dickerson Distributing and Maryhill Winery. 
Rebecca Fletcher - Best of Show
Arts at the Port
75 artists in our waterfront gallery

Arts at the Port opened last Saturday, and will remain open this week from 9 - 5 Monday through Thursday, and during Festival hours.  Hours will extend until 8:30 on Friday evening, as part of the First Friday Gallery walk.  If you're interested in learning more about the artwork, please join our free noon Docent Tour on Thursday.   Congratulations to Rebecca Fletcher from Sedro-Woolley who received the Best of Show Award selected by our Juror. In all $13,000 is being given through Awards and public art purchases.

Kids are not forgotten at the Festival
hands-on excitement 

We know that kids like to have their own place where they can be...well, kids.   That means messy painting opportunities, craft projects with colorful bits & pieces, a sewing project & piles of SAND. Expect all of this and more. New this year, there will be scheduled drumming performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.   Even if you're not a kid you might want to stop by our Youth Area on 7th Street to soak up some energy!

2 local groups demonstrate woodworking technique
Working Studios
Artists demonstrate their craft

Working studios is the area to visit if you want to observe the process by which art is made - or add your own creativity at the entry arch.   Included are:

Body Painting - Dutch Bihary
Basketry - Katherine Lewis
Blacksmithing - Paul Thorne
Pottery - Cascade Clay Artists
Stone Carving - Tracy Powell
Mural Painting - Kris Ekstrand
Fabric Marbling - Marius Hibbard
Plein Air Painting - Salish Sea Plein Air Painters
PIANO-cortes - Piano public art project, Bob Hogan & Rebecca Meloy
Woodworking - NW Washington Wood Turners & NW Corner Woodworkers
Native Carving - Bill Bailey, Samish Beaver Lodge Carvers
Student Mural - Voices of the Children
Wind Poetry - entry arch public participation 

Art Dash 
Come for the run, stay for the fun

The 13th annual Art Dash is a great way to kick off the Festival weekend on Saturday, August 4.  This half marathon, 10k, 5k starts at City Hall and ends at the Port dock. It is USTAF certified, and NEW chip timed.  The course runs along the Anacortes waterfront. Proceeds from this run fund public art projects.  After the hard work, runners can enjoy a Bloody Mary in the Waterfront Pub - and then head out for Festival fun.  

Anacortes Arts Festival | 505 O Ave, Anacortes |360-293-6211

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