Festival Progress & Posts

Join our volunteer team
variety of opportunities

We rely on the help of lots of volunteers to make the Festival happen.  It's a great way to support the community, have some fun and show our visitors how friendly and welcoming Anacortes is.  Whatever your talent or time, we're sure we can find a perfect fit for you. We'll thank you with a t-shirt (see the design below) - and volunteer appreciation event after the Festival.  Grab a friend and sign up today!

Juried artist Mary Rowland
Arts at the Port Opening 
Save the Date

Please mark your calendar to join our celebration of fine art at the Arts at the Port Opening on Saturday, July 28 starting at 6pm at the Port Transit Shed. This event is free and includes the first public opportunity to view our fine art show, meet the artists and mingle with friends in this beautiful waterfront setting.  The evening includes nibbles, a no-host bar and music.  Fine art awards will be announced during the event.     

13th annual Art Dash
new chip timing

It's not too early to sign up for the Art Dash on Saturday, August 4.  This 5k, 10k and half marathon starts at City Hall and ends at the Port dock where you can enjoy music, the Waterfront Pub and Fine Art Show just steps away.  New this year is chip timing managed by NW Endurance Events.  It's a scenic, flat course along the Anacortes waterfront.  Come for the run and stay for the fun...

Info & Registration

Guns to Art Project 
local response to violence

The Festival is participating in the Regeneration Project organized by local artists, non-profits and community leaders to honor victims of gun violence and first responders.  The Project will be created with donated guns and weapons by a group of five local artists.  You can participate by turning in guns or other weapons on September 15, making a donation to help fund the project or adding your voice of support through the website (or all three).  It  is the hope of the organizers that as weapons are regenerated into art we can also regenerate conversation away from one rooted in confrontation to one that strives for solutions.

Dutch and model
Body Painting featured
in Festival Working Studios area

Well know skin artist Dutch Buhary will be a featured artist in this year's Working Studios Area.  Dutch has been involved in film make up and effects and appeared on TV reality show Skin Wars.  He is a popular national instructor in his craft.   Come watch him transform a human canvas into a work of art.   The Working Studios is located north of the Food Court and includes a variety of talented artists demonstrating their crafts.

this year's t-shirt design
Salmon Swimming
Poster & t-shirt design

Friday Harbor artist, Dona Reed created the design for this year's poster and t-shirt.  Dona creates hand-pulled relief prints expressed in paper, vessels and mixed media work.  She is a Festival booth artisan located in the 600 block. Shirts, bags and other merchandise with this popular design can be found at the Information Booth in the Festival...or get a free t-shirt by volunteering.

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

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