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
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 starting in mid-September. Proceeds support forest education and stewardship programs. Questions? Call 360.293.3725.

Transition Fidalgo monthly gathering

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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“Think OUTSIDE the Plastic Bag (… bottle, cup, take-home container and straw)” will offer plastic facts, ways to break our plastic addiction, and describe how a bag ban works.

 Things made of plastic surround us. Fossil carbon in the form of oil is pumped from deep in the earth, turned into disposable plastic things that often get used once and tossed. From there they pollute our world, and sometimes kill wildlife and slowly enter the food web. Did you know plastic pollution can now be found in seafood, beer, salt, honey, and other foods? “Think OUTSIDE the Plastic Bag (… bottle, cup, take-home container and straw)” will offer plastic facts, ways to break our plastic addiction, and describe how a bag ban works.

About the speaker:
Carol Sullivan describes herself as a recovering plastic addict, whose only credentials are caring what kind of planet her 10 grandchildren will live in, and the conviction that together, we can be that “100th monkey” and change the way our society looks at plastics.
She hopes you learn one new thing tonight, and knows that she will learn more than that from you.
Transition Fidalgo and Friends program gatherings are open to all and you are welcome to attend; you needn’t be a member to come.
Our gatherings include community announcements and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency.


Join us at the Anacortes Senior Center (1701 22nd) on August 28 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Future of Fidalgo's Forests

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Our TF&F Monthly Gathering Presentation:

 November 27, 6:30 pm
The Future of Fidalgo Forests
Jack Hartt, Former Park Manager, Deception Pass State Park
Denise Crow, Former Director of the Friends of the Forest
Jonn Lunsford, current Operations and Forest Lands Manager for the ACFL

Our Fidalgo forests are changing. Some of these changes are natural, such as forest succession, leading to old growth forests if left undisturbed. Some of the changes are sudden, such as being burned by the fires we have experienced the past few years. And some are subtle, with drier summers and wetter and warmer winters causing changes to the water table and soil. And some are intentional, when we cut swaths to create new housing developments, parking lots, roadways, and other ‘improvements’.

Former Deception Pass State Park manager Jack Hartt will join with Denise Crowe, former director of the Friends of the Forest, and Jonn Lunsford, current Operations and Forest Lands Manager for the ACFL, to present a program entitled “The Future of Fidalgo’s Forests, and what you can do to make a difference”

This illustrated discussion will look at the forests in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands and Deception Pass State Park as examples of much broader themes around our entire planet. What changes do we see? What do we want to see? What can we do to see the future we want?

If you are interested in the upcoming ACFL Forest Monitoring project, then this program will help you see the why’s and wherefore’s of how to help with some essential baseline studies.

Our monthly meetings include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit

Work Party with Ranger Dave: Invasive Holly Removal

Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:00 am - 12:36 pm
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Dan Senour, hiker representative for the ACFL Trfail Committee has spotted a large patch of non-native invasive holly growing along trail 21 that needs to be removed. Meet at trailhead 215 on Ray Auld Drive at the base of Mt. Erie Road. From there we will hike to trail 21 via 215 and 320. It's about a 15 minute walk to the holly site. We will have all the tools, just bring gloves, boots, and dress warmly. It it's snowing, super windy, or raining hard we will re-scheudle. See you there!

Earth's Bi-Polar Disorder: Climate Breakdown and how to talk about it

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Dr. Robert Bindschadler, “Dr. Bob”, returns to present the case for why
scientists are so certain human use of fossil fuels is a major
contributing factor to climate change.

He will explain the dire nature of the consequences in a
manner that is not only accessible, but in a form that leaves
people more confident in raising discussions with friends and
neighbors who have yet to accept the urgency of this issue.

Dr. Bindschadler is a former chief NASA scientist. Come listen and learn from one of the world’s experts.

This presentation will also be broadcast LIVE on YouTube. Visit

Ice shelf with title: Earth's Bi-Polar Disorder

Friends of the Forest Special Hike with Ranger Dave: Changing Trees

Friday, February 22, 2019 10:00 am
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Have you noticed any changes to our trees the past few summers? Take a walk with Ranger Dave to explore and examine trees dying in the ACFL, presumed to be caused by the last 4 years of drought-like conditions specifically here on Fidalgo Island, a rain shadow area of the Pacific NW. Dave will take you on a journey, pointing out subtle to dramatic changes that have occurred in the past few years to our resident trees and understory. Dave, who is also a Certifiied Arborist with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, will present some technical observations from an arboricultural point of view. Let's meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot off Whistle Lake Road. Be sure to dress warmly and have a good pair of hiking boots. A camera may be an item to bring along as well. Hope to see you there!

Work Party with Ranger Dave: Heart Lake Road Clean-up

Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:00 am
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It's time for our annual hunt for treasures along Heart Lake Road, and to pick up all the trash along the road and parking lots. In the past we have found bird feeders, pocket knives, and hundred dollar bills! What will we find this time? Meet at trailhead 215 on Ray Auld Drive at the base of Mt. Erie Road. Safety vests, trash bags, and trash grabbers will be provided. Please bring gloves and good boots. As usual, if it's snowing, super windy, or raining hard, we will re-schedule. 

Museum Exhibit Opens

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Extra! Extra! The Early Years of Anacortes Newspapers, the new exhibit at the Anacortes Museum, calls attention to the role of newspapers and journalists on Fidalgo and Guemes islands. It also celebrates the new online availability of the first 40 years of Anacortes newspapers. These are made available by a joint effort of the Anacortes American, Anacortes Museum and the Washington State Library, with support from the Anacortes Museum Foundation and the Skagit Community Foundation

The newspaper-focused exhibit opens with a reception on March 13, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Anacortes Museum’s Carnegie Gallery, 1305 8th Street, Anacortes. March 13, 2019 happens to be the 140th anniversary of the founding of Anacortes. At the exhibit, you will see old newspapers, photographs, printing equipment and more. Read all about the lives and work of early Anacortes writers Douglass Allmond, Sophie Walsh, Charlie Gant, and their successors like Wallie Funk and all the rest whose news is now history.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, March 15, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Puget Sound Mussel Monitoring: Long-term Active Biological Monitoring of Nearshore Contaminants: Toxic contaminants are entering the nearshore food web of the Puget Sound, especially along shorelines adjacent to highly urbanized areas. Jennifer Lanksbury, wildlife biologist, WDFW, will discuss how mussels are being studied as pollutant monitors through very successful collaborative efforts among conservation groups, citizen science volunteers and government partners. She will share the results of two rounds of mussel monitoring specifically in the Puget Sound. Friday, March 15, 2019. 7:00-8:30 p.m. NW Ed. Services Dist. Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA.  7:00–8:30pm. The lecture is free and open to all ages. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit

Work Party with Ranger Dave: Invasive Ivy Removal

Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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On a recent walk along trail 218, I discovered a very large patch of non-native invasive ivy, along with some holly trees, that need tackling with a large group of volunteers.  Trust me, there will be plenty of ivy to spread the cheer.  I have not seen a patch of ivy like this one in a long time in the ACFL.  Let’s meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot off Whistle Lake Rd.  From there we have a short 7 minute hike to the ivy.  It’s a little wet at the site, so if you have rubber boots please bring them.  If not, there is still ivy and holly outside the wet area.  Thank you!

Relay for Life Team Rally

Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Anacortes Relay For Life Team Rally is Thursday, May 23 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Anacortes Christian Church on M Ave and 12th St.  Everyone is welcome to join in this fun event.  A great time to get your questions answered. Join the fight against cancer.  For more information call Chris at 360 293-1650 or visit

Concert for the Anacortes Relay For Life @ Kennelly Keys

Saturday, June 1, 2019 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Star-Spangled Sing-off Saturday, June 1st from 11:30-1:00 at The Hall at Kennelly Keys, 1904 Commercial Ave, Anacortes.  All donations benefit the American Cancer Society.  Come and support young and talented singers. Suggested donation: $5.00.

Messabout @ Seafarers' Park

Sunday, May 15, 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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OARS, the Old Anacortes Rowing & Sailing Society is hold whate they call as messabout, event for in small, non-motorized boats at 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Seafarers’ Memorial Park. Attendees can bring their own boat or come to the park to check out small boats owned by others. All non-motorized watercraft are welcome. Anyone who wants to get in a boat should wear soft-soled shoes. Life jackets are available at the event.