Wed. May 4, 2022

@ Rockfish: Conrad Gruener

Wed. May 4, 2022 6:00 pm

CONRAD GRUENER - Local country and americana artist, Conrad Gruener, makes his Rockfish debut! He plays in styles ranging from pure country & western to alternative rock. Frequently seen performing with local band Ludovico, he will be singing original songs as well as a plethora of well known hits from the 60s all the way to the present day.

Fri. May 6, 2022

First Friday Artwalk

Fri. May 6, 2022 6:00 pm

Several art galleries in Anacortes will be open 6-8pm on Friday, May 6. Here's a list

404 Commercial Ave., Joanie Schwartz Glass Studio

Joanie Schwartz Glass is a working teaching studio where the art of glass fusing is made and taught. Come by and see the multitude of techniques that this creative art offers for both the novice and experienced. JSG offers a wide variety of other hand created work from artists here in the PNW and around the country, most of whom are women. You’ll find nothing imported.

419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa

The Majestic Inn spotlights oils by Dedrian Clark and watercolors by Suzanne Powers. Clark’s body of work is inspired by her favorite trees: redwoods, oak, eucalyptus and madronas. Powers’ celebrates the rocky shores and beaches of Fidalgo Island and the Oregon Coast.

420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery

We welcome a variety of new artists to the gallery including landscape oils by David Marty, Patricia Clayton, and Karen Bakke, floral watercolors by Catherine James and richly colored pastels by Megan Veldee. Come see new glasswork, jewelry and custom tables.

1010 5th Street, Art Studios above Scott Milo Gallery

Four studios above Scott Milo Gallery are open and include Anders Rodin, Cathy Schoenberg, Michael Clough and Elizabeth Ockwell. Climb the stairs and see exciting oils, watercolors and drawings and sculptures.

801 5th Street, Croatian Cultural Center (5th & R)

“Pictures That Matter” by AHS Advanced Photography Students showing Friday 6-8pm and Saturday 10-4pm.

705 Commercial Ave., Trinity Skate

We are excited to showcase our new featured artist of the month, Terry Bowen. Bowen creates collages with magazine clippings and photographs to capture a variety of different subject matter and messages. We have artwork from over 20 artists all together, including Terry MacDonald, Melanie and Greg Dugan, and many more. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Sat. May 7, 2022

@ Rockfish: The Atlantics

Sat. May 7, 2022 7:30 pm

THE ATLANTICS - The Atlantics have been NW fixtures since 1979, and when you see these guys on stage, you can tell they still really enjoy what they’re doing!

Carrying on the tradition of some of the greatest dance bands, The Atlantics play a mix of infectious popular music from Rhythm & Blues and Motown to hits from the 50’s 60’s 70’s & 80’s,

Members of the group have also performed with such luminaries as; John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, T-Bone Burnett, Chubby Checkers, The Powder Blues Band and The New Deal Rhythm Band.

With that much experience on stage, these guys really know how to deliver the goods!

Sun. May 8, 2022

@ Anacortes Library: Kate Olson Quartet

Sun. May 8, 2022 2:00 pm

Second Sunday Jazz at the Library features Kate Olson Quartet. 2-3:30 pm.

Kate Olson is an improvising saxophonist and music educator based in Seattle, WA. Since moving to Seattle in 2010, she has done her best to infiltrate the local, regional and international improvised music scenes. She can be heard performing with her own projects KO SOLO and KO ELECTRIC,  and as a collaborator with the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints, Battlestar Kalakala (formerly West Seattle Soul/the Pulsations) and with such Seattle staples as the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses and cabaret producers Can Can Presents and Verlaine & McCann. Kate has a BA in Music (Jazz Emphasis) from the University of Wyoming and an MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan, and is currently on the jazz faculty at Pacific Lutheran University.

Thu. May 12, 2022

Review plans for theater

Thu. May 12, 2022 6:00 pm

Anacortes Arts Festival is holding community meetings to review plans to take over what is now the movie theatre as more of an arts center. At Anacortes Community Theatre, May 12 @ 6-7:30pm and May 26 @ 5:30-7;00 pm.

Sun. May 15, 2022

Messabout @ Seafarers' Park

Sun. May 15, 2022 1:00 pm

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.

Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Sun. May 15, 2022 8:00 pm

Observe the night sky, get a closer look at the eclipse through a telescope, and learn about the moon while watching it move through Earth's shadow! We’ll have a fun moon-themed snack activity and Island County Astronomical Society will be there to share telescopes and guide us through the stages of the eclipse. Due to the time of the eclipse, this event will begin with a presentation on lunar eclipses in the park, and then once the eclipse starts, we’ll observe the moon. All ages are welcome.

Island County Astronomical Society, Sunday, May 15 8:00 – 9:30 pm, Seafarer’s Memorial Park, 601 Seafarer’s Way

Wed. May 18, 2022

Island Health offers free improving memory class

Wed. May 18, 2022 10:30 am

Join Island Health speech-language pathologist Libby Lewis, MA, MEd CCC-SLP, to learn strategies and activities to improve your memory and keep your mind sharp. Wednesday, May 18, from 10:30–11:15 a.m. This is a free, online class. Register online at or call 360.299.4204.

Write, Rewrite, and Repeat

Wed. May 18, 2022 6:00 pm

Henry David Thoreau wrote seven drafts of Waldon. Ernest Hemingway spent days on a single sentence. Stephen King said about writing, “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”  Join local author and writing teacher Kathleen Kaska as she moderates a panel of locally published authors who have turned their passions into published books. Learn their editing processes and secrets as they discuss their publishing paths. Panel guests include Linda Steward Henely, Joe Vitovec, Bruce Rolfe, Roy Martin, and Steve Orsini.

Kathleen Kaska & Panel, Wednesday, May 18th 6:00 pm, Library Community Meeting Room

@ Rockfish: The Colonel

Wed. May 18, 2022 6:00 pm

THE COLONEL - Longtime Rockfish favorite “The Colonel” returns to the Rockfish. Colonel can play any style, but what will really blow your mind is his mastery of the classical nylon string guitar and his incredible range of flamenco music. This guy’s a musical encyclopedia!

Thu. May 19, 2022

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show

Thu. May 19, 2022 10:00 am

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show featuring Trawlerfest is coming May 19-21! Browse over 150 new and brokerage boats of all sizes from your favorite brands, dealers, brokers, and exhibitors in one place, as well as 25+ seminars from experts and rendezvous evening activities. At Cap Sante Marina. 

Living Better with Diabetes 

Thu. May 19, 2022 10:30 am

Join Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Amanda Lungren in a discussion on healthy eating, being active, and reducing risks to help manage diabetes on Thursday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m.  This is a free, online class.  Registration required.  Call 360.299.4204 or register online at

School Board meets

Thu. May 19, 2022 6:15 pm

The agendas for the next school board meeting have been posted to the board's website:

May 19, 2022 - AHS Library

Study Session - 3-5:15 p.m. 

Evening Business Meeting - 6:15 p.m.

Jazz Lecture Series: Steve Dolmatz

Thu. May 19, 2022 7:00 pm

Steven Dolmatz examines the growth of country blues in America 1900-1940 from the songster tradition in New Orleans and East Texas, to its development as Delta and Piedmont blues, culminating in its urbanization in Chicago. Learn about the history of the country blues and its distinctive guitar players and styles as demonstrated by Dolmatz on vocals and guitar and Charley Drake on piano and ukulele. This roadtrip visits Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy. Free and all are welcome, sponsored by the Manieri Jazz and Swing Endowment.

Thursday, May 19th 7:00 pm, Library Community Meeting Room

Fri. May 20, 2022

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show

Fri. May 20, 2022 10:00 am

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show featuring Trawlerfest is coming May 19-21! Browse over 150 new and brokerage boats of all sizes from your favorite brands, dealers, brokers, and exhibitors in one place, as well as 25+ seminars from experts and rendezvous evening activities. At Cap Sante Marina. 

Grand Opening: J. Slocum Marine

Fri. May 20, 2022 12:00 pm

J Slocum Marine- Anacortes Outfitters is now open 7 days a week in our new location at 419 Commercial Ave, Anacortes. Located inside the Majestic Inn and Spa. We will be hosting our Grand Opening Event Friday, May 20th during the Anacortes Boat and Yacht Show.

Event Details Include:
Maui Jim Sunglass Trunk Show from 12-5. Maui Jim Representative Paul will be here with a trunk load of sunglasses, ready to answer any questions you may have about the product. We will have Aloha Gifts.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with City Council Member Ryan Walters will be at 5:30.

You can ENTER TO WIN several prizes with the GRAND PRIZE being an AFTERNOON SAILING ADVENTURE FOR 2. Other prizes include, hammocks, backpacks, gift cards, handmade alpaca products and more. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Additional entries are one ticket per $50 spent pre tax. 

J Slocum Marine is packed with quality marine and outdoor clothing including Helly Hansen, Outdoor Research, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Smartwool, O'Neill, Sealskinz and a great selection of hand made wool and alpaca products.

Sat. May 21, 2022

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show

Sat. May 21, 2022 10:00 am

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show featuring Trawlerfest is coming May 19-21! Browse over 150 new and brokerage boats of all sizes from your favorite brands, dealers, brokers, and exhibitors in one place, as well as 25+ seminars from experts and rendezvous evening activities. At Cap Sante Marina. 

@ Rockfish: Joe T Cook Blues Band

Sat. May 21, 2022 7:30 pm

JOE T COOK BLUES BAND - Joe Cook is a multiple Twin Cities Music Award winner from Minneapolis, and a legendary blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He has re-located to the west coast and has teamed up with the award-winning NW blues legend Tim “Stoop Down” Sherman on guitar to form one of the hottest blues ensembles around! Sizzlin’ west coast and Chicago blues, originals and a platter of smokin’, greasy Texas style guitar! The band also features the great “El Machete” Conrad Ormsby on drums and the incomparable Patty Mey (of “Swamp Mama Johnson” fame) on bass!

Mon. May 23, 2022

School District Public Forum

Mon. May 23, 2022 5:30 pm

Dr. Erin Duez and Dr. Brian Hanrahan have been named as finalists for the principal position at Anacortes High School. Staff, families, students, and community members are invited to a public forum on Monday, May 23, 2022, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Brodniak Auditorium at Anacortes High School to hear a brief presentation from each candidate and engage in an audience Q&A. This presentation will also be live-streamed ( Feedback will be collected both in-person and electronically, although only in-person audience members will be able to ask questions of the candidates. 

Wed. May 25, 2022

Whiskey and Wiretaps Presented by Steve Edmiston

Wed. May 25, 2022 6:00 pm

On Thanksgiving Day, 1925, Roy Olmstead was trapped by federal prohibition agents and their Tommy guns on a lonely Puget Sound dock. His reign as the Northwest’s most prolific bootlegger had ended. But big questions—political, cultural, and legal—remained.

Why did Olmstead, the youngest lieutenant in Seattle Police Department history, form a secret gang to take over Prohibition bootlegging in the Northwest? Using photographs, documents, newspapers, and court cases, Steve Edmiston breathes life into Olmstead’s story by exploring historical context, his entrepreneurial brilliance, his code of conduct, and the profound impact of his legal battles today.

Steve Edmiston (he/him) is a business and entertainment lawyer, an indie film screenwriter and producer, and co-founder of The Good Bootlegger’s Guild.

Humanities Washington, Co-Hosted by Anacortes Museum, Wednesday, May 25th 6:00 pm, Library Community Meeting Room

@ Rockfish: Fidalgo Swing

Wed. May 25, 2022 6:00 pm

FIDALGO SWING - Fidalgo Swing is led by founding member Allen Lewis who is joined on guitar by local legend, Aaron Howell. The two surround themselves with some of the best players in the area. Join us for an evening of Django inspired fun!

Thu. May 26, 2022

Review plans for theater

Thu. May 26, 2022 5:30 pm

Anacortes Arts Festival is holding community meetings to review plans to take over what is now the movie theatre as more of an arts center. At Anacortes Community Theatre, May 12 @ 6-7:30pm and May 26 @ 5:30-7;00 pm.

Sat. May 28, 2022

@ Rockfish: Billy Appleton Band

Sat. May 28, 2022 7:30 pm

BILLY APPLETON BAND - This Snohomish County based group has been playing to appreciative audiences at many clubs and outdoor festivals throughout Washington since May of 2019. They are a group of veteran, nationally known musicians who have come together to perform southern rock and classic, modern, blues-based, high energy rock with twin lead guitars and the absolute highest levels of musicianship all around!