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4 ways to make the summer sizzle in Anacortes

SPONSORED — Summer in the city can be a drag. With longer days and shining sunlight, it’s the perfect time for an island getaway. Conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, Anacortes is a vibrant town with a laid-back, coastal vibe. Celebrate the season with Fidalgo Island’s impressive lineup of summer events.

Feel the ‘big boom’ of a little town

The nation’s birthday is when Anacortes truly comes alive. The event of the summer kicks off with a patriotic parade at 11 a.m. on July 4. Get all the small-town feel as you enjoy the lineup of firetrucks, parade floats and a delightful dose of red, white and blue.

If you’re a local, be sure you wear your patriotic best to participate in the annual town photo taken at 10 a.m. at the intersection of 5th and Commercial Street.

After the parade, keep the patriotic party rolling by heading down to Seafarers Memorial Park. Rock the Dock is Anacortes’ festive community concert and features live bands, food trucks, a beer garden and a kid zone complete with face painting and activities. The night ends just as it should, with a spectacular fireworks show. The events start at 5 p.m., with the fireworks commencing at dusk.

As a beloved tradition of locals and visitors alike, Anacortes’ 4th of July celebration is a true community event.

Rock the dock – all summer long

Speaking of rocking the dock, the fun-filled musical event kicks of Anacortes’ summer fun on July 4, but continues all season long. Whether you enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Rock the Dock on Independence Day, keep coming back to Seafarers Memorial Park each Wednesday and Friday all summer long. Rock out to free concerts from local artists, while sampling gourmet bites and brews. Summertime never sounded (or tasted) so good. Keep up to date with the entire music scene, including free music Saturday’s at the Heart of Anacortes, here!

Get shipwrecked

A flea market 38 years in the making, The Shipwreck Fest is a delight for scavengers of all kinds. This massive community “garage sale” includes flea market and antique vendors, so you’re sure to find something unique and delightful.

Browse more than 200 vendors set up along Commercial Ave. starting at 8 a.m. on July 21. With vendors serving a variety of unique foods and sweet treats, you’ll have strength to shop all day.

Anacortes Arts Festival

Art takes all forms, and that’s exactly what the Anacortes Arts Festival emphasizes. An Anacortes tradition since 1962, the annual arts festival, held Aug. 3-5, is a celebration of the artistic soul. This assortment of art-related events dazzles, delights and raises money to support creativity within the community.

Browse booths curated with selections from local artists, take in a live concert or participate in fun, family-focused activities like the Art Dash Run or live street performances. This event is sure to bring out your inner creativity.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Date Event Make Plans
July 4 4th of July & Rock the Dock Learn More
Wed/Fri in July/August Summer Concert Series Learn More
July 21 The Shipwreck Fest Learn More
August 3-5 Anacortes Arts Festival Learn More

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