A series of concerts and arts events this summer has paved the way for the 51st annual Anacortes Arts Festival, which takes over downtown Friday through Sunday.
Between Fourth and 10th streets, 250 juried booth artisans will make up the heart of the festival with their creative visual art, ceramics, food, wearable fiber art, glass and jewelry.
The festival selected 250 artists based on quality, originality and marketability. Many artists return each year, but about 20 percent are new to Anacortes. There were about 400 applicants.
The general festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Music at two stages will provide the sound track for festival-goers starting at 11:30 a.m. and running until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and until 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Main Stage at Third Street will feature high-energy performers of genres including world music, blues, country, rock and pop.
The KPLU Stage at Eighth Street will feature lighter sounds of jazz, folk and Latin music. A new wine garden open until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday is adjacent to the KPLU Stage.
The beer garden is in front of the Main Stage, featuring Anacortes Brewing’s Festival Lager.
More than two dozen food vendors will be spread between Second and Fourth streets with Lebanese, Mexican, Vietnamese, German, French, Japanese and Indian dishes, alongside barbecue, pizza and traditional Northwest festival fare.
Arts at the Port, in the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center, First Street and Commercial Avenue, includes the Juried Competition of various visual fine arts, the Focus Gallery of select photographers and the Youth Arts Exhibition, which includes work from students in elementary through high school.
The Youth Discovery Area on Seventh Street offers creative activities for the festival’s youngest visitors. The area is open 12-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Festival, through its Giving Back Program, is the most significant financial supporter of arts on Fidalgo Island. During the last 20 years, the Festival has returned more than $500,000 to artists and art organizations in the form of grants and commissions.
This year, $26,000 is being awarded to area artists and art organizations. Click here to see which artists were awarded prizes at the Arts at the Port Fine Art opening.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Holmes Shea Band: originals, R&B, funk and pop.
• 1:30-3 p.m., Little Bill and the Blue Notes: Rhythm and blues.
• 3:30-5 p.m., The Fentons: Alternative country rock.
• 5:30-7 p.m., The Jefferson Rose Band: World beat, reggae, funk and flamenco.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shi Daa: Caribbean, Latin and Afro groove.
• 1:30-3 p.m., The Cascade Mountain Boys: Hot bluegrass.
• 3:30-5 p.m., Sonny Hess Band All Aces: Rhythm and blues.
• 5:30-7 p.m., The Bad Apples: R&B, country, rock ’n’ roll.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Market Street Dixieland Jazz Band: New Orleans traditional jazz and Dixieland.
• 1:30-3 p.m., Los Pinguos: Argentine music with Spanish guitar.
• 3:30-5 p.m., Brothers of the Baladi: Rockin’ Middle Eastern / world music.
• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fidalgo Danceworks: Anacortes youth dance performance.
• 1:30-3 p.m., Clave Gringa: Original Latin jazz and Cuban.
• 3:30-5 p.m., Rose Laughlin: Traditional, American roots and Celtic.
• 5:30-7 p.m., The Bessier/Morris Group: Jazz standards.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nathaniel Talbot Duo: Indie and chamber folk.
• 1:30-3 p.m., Susan Carr Ensemble: Eclectic tunes with a jazzy Latin flavor.
• 3:30-5 p.m., Deseo Carmin: Fiery fusion of Latin, flamenco, jazz and rock.
• 5:30-7 p.m., Pearl Django: Gypsy jazz.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Puget Sound: Original and standard folk rock.
• 1:30-3 p.m., Fred Hoadley Trio: Latin jazz.
• 3:30-5 p.m., The Winterlings: Music from the new folk frontier.
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