Celebrate 26 years of waterfront fun with sea shanties, fish mongers, boat rides, boat races and more, at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival this weekend.
This annual Anacortes event has something for everyone: an open-air car show, food vendors, children’s activities, giant slides, water balls, dinners and dances, live music and entertainment, wine and beer garden, and so much more. The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting your inner sailor embrace life on the water.
Friday evening the Waterfront Festival Kick-Off Dinner, a community favorite honoring the Waterfront Festival, offers guests breathtaking sunset views of the Guemes Channel and the San Juan Islands while sipping on drinks, and savoring hors d’oeuvres and dinner in an authentic historic pier building. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed, tickets are $45.
Browse the the “Whatever Boats your Float” show at The Depot Arts & Community Center. This exhibit highlights the importance of our Marine Heritage on Fidalgo Island. This exhibit is also part of the First Friday Art Walk and the Anacortes Farmers Market. This free event begins Friday June 6th from 6-9pm and continues both Saturday from 9am- 4pm, and Sunday June 7th from noon until 4pm.
The Anacortes Waterfront Festival showcases the best of waterfront activities.
On Saturday, the festivities begin with an Opening Ceremony that features the Town Crier, cannon fire, and the Anacortes High School Jazz Choir performing the National Anthem – at 12 noon, the BlackJack Squadron will showcase a formation flyover. Also on Saturday, Quick and Dirty Boat Building teams build boats all day and then test their floatability.
Take a free boat ride – both days! – with the Anacortes Yacht Club on ‘D’ Dock by registering at the gazebo by the marina’s main office between 10am and 3:30pm; and then from noon until 3pm enjoy paddleboard demonstrations with SUP San Juans. Hands-on children’s activities include building wooden sail boats with Fidalgo Island Rotary, games, and more. Channel of Discovery displays range from model boats, to learning about our waterfront environment and forest land wildlife.
A great variety of food vendors offer everything from pulled pork sandwiches, cotton candy and hotdogs, to Hawaiian BBQ, Gyros, Mexican tamales and more! Relax in the beer garden with live music and sea shanties. Festival hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday evening, Listen and dance to the A’Town Big Band playing swing classics at an outdoor Plaza Dance at the Depot during Waterfront Festival. Join in renewing the tradition of the fishermen’s “pavement dances” which welcomed the salmon seine fleet and their crews for weekend fun and music after a hard week’s work.
The Anacortes Museum Foundation will host an opening reception for the Wallie Funk Fishing Photos exhibit currently on display at the Maritime Heritage Center. Join us for an informal discussion of the mid-century salmon industry in Puget Sound and Alaskan waters, featuring some of the fishermen documented by Wallie on his trip with the purse seine fleet in 1958. This exhibit celebrates Anacortes’ maritime heritage and the publication of Pictures of the Past by Funk. This free event takes place at The Depot Art and Community Center and immediately follows the close of the main festival from 6-8 p.m.