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The Anacortes Waterfront Festival 2019

June 1 - June 2

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival 2019 dates are:
Saturday June 1st 10AM-6PM
Sunday June 2nd 10AM-5PM

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting out your inner sailor and embracing life on the water!  This annual Anacortes event has something for everyone: an open-air car show, food vendors, arts and craft booths, 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 showcases the best of waterfront activities. 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 by registering at the gazebo by the marina’s main office between 10am and 3:30pm.

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 Gyros, Mexican tamales and more! Relax in the beer garden with live music and sea shanties.

Festival hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Waterfront Festival is located on the grounds of the beautiful Cap Sante Marina at 1019 Q Avenue in Anacortes, WA.

Anacortes is located between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC. From I-5, head west on Highway 20 to Anacortes. Go north on Commercial Avenue. Turn right on 11th Street. The festival is in the parking lot of the marina on 11th and Q (across from the Safeway parking lot).

Parking is available in the gravel lot next to the marina and along adjacent streets. Please do not use the Safeway lot. ADA accessible parking is located just south of the shipmasters building. Please click here for a map of recommended parking areas. Be sure to drive slowly and be on the lookout for pedestrians, who have the right of way and should be yielded to by vehicles.


Quick & Dirty Boat Building Demonstration – click here for paperwork and rules

Teams may consist of private individuals or be sponsored by a business. Each building team will consist of no more than 3 people. You are encouraged to have support crew to bribe the judges, convince patrons to donate to your people’s choice award bucket and to just generally engage in the fun and comradery!

Date: Saturday of the festival
Location: Southwest parking lot of Harbormaster building in Cap Sante Marina
Set-up: 8:00am – 9:00am
Build Boats: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Boat Decorating & Area Clean-up: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Parade and Race – 5:00 pm
Awards: Immediately following the race.

Team Entry Fees help support the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance, and proceeds from The People’s Choice Award help support the non-profit of your choice!