Events in and around Anacortes

Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting – Everyone is Welcome!

Join us on Wednesday, February 15th at 7pm at the Depot, located at 611 R Ave. in Anacortes. This is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Friends of the Forest and our work in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. We will begin with a brief annual report and elections followed by a special presentation. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there!

Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, August 21, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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From the Anacortes Library...

We are thrilled to see so many people interested in viewing the Eclipse in Anacortes with the Library and Parks Department. We have free pairs of glasses for attendees at the event, and they will only be available in Storvik Park on Monday morning at 9am*.

If we have more people show up than glasses, we will ask families to share so that everyone can have a chance to see this once in a lifetime event. Glasses will be handed out to individuals/families at 9am on a first come first serve basis. We hope to see you there!

*No glasses will be given out prior to the event, so that we can ensure we have plenty of pairs for Monday.

Bring a breakfast picnic and enjoy the solar event of  the century. At Storvik Playground. 

Open Streets Anacortes

Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Come to experience Old Town Anacortes as never before….let’s all meet on the streets!! Enjoy Commercial Avenue from 2nd to 10th Street ,  with “no cars” , while  biking, skating, skateboarding, or just walking & socializing, among interesting non-motorized demonstrations and exhibits, music, food. restaurants, and shops open just for you….

PLUS Busker Fest  with many exciting street performers competing for your admiration and awards! An event for all ages and families !

Skagit Bicycle Club will sponsor these exhibits: CLASSIC BIKE SHOW- Classic bike displays from local collectors PLUS special collector displays and forums with the collectors & guest bike builder: Bill Davidson- Davidson Premium Cycles

Old Town Anacortes - 11:00 AM to 3 PM- Sunday AUGUST 27

Bier on the Pier

Friday, October 6, 2017 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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October 6 & 7 2017
30 BREWERIES, 10 CIDERIES
Friday, October 6 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 7 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This event has sold out for the last two years – we strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets online before coming to the island! Please also keep in mind that there are lots of activities going on in the fall including scheduled industrial maintenance work – if you’re visiting from out of town, book your overnight accommodations as soon as possible.

Bier on the Pier tickets includes commemorative glass and your first six taste tokens (additional tastes are 3 for $5.00 at the event)
One Day Pass Friday Only: $25 in advance (at the door is subject to availability)
One Day Pass Saturday Only: $30 in advance (at the door is subject to availability)
Two Day Pass (Friday and Saturday) $50 in advance (at the door subject to availability)
Designated Driver tickets are $5 for one day, or $10 for two days, either in advance or at the door (at the door is subject to availability)

21+ Only – Must have valid ID for entry
No dogs/pets/babies/toddlers/children allowed
for more information call 360.293.7911

The cries of cheers once again herald the arrival of Anacortes Bier on the Pier! A two-day extravaganza of bier, ciders, food and music! Bring your thirst, and leave room to enjoy the smorgasbord of all the tasty foods on the pier. Come spend the weekend in beautiful Anacortes – 2017 will offer guests the opportunity to enter the event beginning Friday evening from 5pm-9pm, and return on Saturday 12pm-6pm to finish the tour they embarked upon the night before.

The event will be held at the Historic Port Warehouse located at 1st & Commercial, in downtown Anacortes allowing for spectacular views overlooking the Guemes Channel and Mount Baker. Set amidst the funky warehouse charm of Anacortes’ historic port building will be no fewer than 30 Washington State breweries, as well as 10 cideries, sharing their finest as guests work their way through the six tasting tickets that come with each day’s pass.

Enjoy live music at the festival as well! Ebb Slack & Flood will be entertaining you during Friday’s tasting hours. The Saturday line up features Intuitive Compass to kick off the day, and Gin Gypsy for the second half of the event.

Eat before the festival, and eat while you’re there! Irishman Enterprises is back again with Corn Dogs of the world, colossal french fries & old fashioned lemonade. Our local Kiwanis group will be serving up both beef and fish tacos, plus nachos. Random Acts of Food is making their first appearance, offering deep fried brussel sprouts (eat your veggies!) plus brats, polish sausage, cubans & pulled pork.

“This year, festival attendees will get to discover new breweries that they might not have heard of,” says Kevin Pierce, the former head brewer at Anacortes Brewery. “A lot of these brewers have a long history of loving to brew, and it shows in the beers that they craft.” Products from most breweries, Kevin notes, are distributed in the area, but some self-distributors see the festival as a valuable chance to impress tasters and expand their customer base.

When it’s time to take a break and clear your palate, head out onto the pier for delicious food, to talk shop with fellow aficionados, debate your vote in the People’s Choice competition, or stomp and swing to live tunes.

And when Bier on the Pier festival doors close, the night will still be young – and Anacortes wide awake, with great restaurants, wine bars and music venues ready to keep your party spirit rolling. Make sure to shop by the Rockfish Grill or H2O for a meal before and after the festival – Saturday morning is a Brewer’s Brunch at H2O with a special beer-based menu that goes on Sunday as well. You might be able to snag a chat with one of the brewers beforehand. Too tired to drive home? Not to worry, there’s local lodging for every budget and endless things to do the next day.

Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit Event

Saturday, November 4, 2017 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Friends of Forest 30th Annual Benefit Event

The Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit will take place from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, November 4th, at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and music plus silent and live auctions featuring artwork, day trips, goods, and services. Cost is $65 per person or $500 for a table of eight/ $600 for a table of ten. Tickets will be available at Watermark Book Company, the Friends of the Forest office or online at www.friendsoftheacfl.org starting in mid-September. Proceeds support forest education and stewardship programs. Questions? Call 360.293.3725.