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An alternative rock festival, What the Heck Fest, returns to Anacortes this weekend, coinciding with the annual rummage sale Shipwreck Day. The festival’s three-day roster includes more than 40 bands.

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Kimya Dawson (Rhett Nelson photo)

An alternative rock festival, What the Heck Fest, returns to Anacortes this weekend, coinciding with the annual rummage sale Shipwreck Day. The festival’s three-day roster includes more than 40 bands.

Performers will present music, movies, literature, art, and other undefinables. The thematic center of the festival is the “dinner” show which includes a full meal along with the concert, an actual community event. People have come from all over the world to participate in and attend previous festivals. It is always surprising and magical.

What the Heck Fest was started in 2002 by Bret Lunsford, Phil Elverum and Dave Matthies of Knw-Yr-Own recording label and it immediately caught on. The indie musicians come here from all over, but mostly the Northwest, including the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

All weekend passes have been sold out for weeks, but at last check, some tickets are available for City Hall shows. There is one free concert Saturday afternoon at Casland Park. 

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