Fall Fun in Anacortes, Washington



From Bier on the Pier to BrewGrass, Anacortes Chamber of Commerce representative Christy Lyman gives an overview of Fall events and activities in beautiful Anacortes, a charming Island getaway in Washington State on Big Blend Radio.

The change of seasons doesn’t mean you’ll be trapped indoors on your Fidalgo Island getaway. In fact, Anacortes is in the “Banana Belt” of Washington State which receives less rainfall than Seattle, plus it has around 23 more days per year of sunshine than Seattle. Depending on what type of island adventure you want, you can fish for salmon, stand-up paddleboard in lakes or bays, climb or hike on a mountain, and walk through miles of trail paths.



1. Go Fishing – Charter companies like R&R Charters, Highliner Charters, Catchemore Charters, and Jolly Mon Charters, provide all fishing gear, one-day fishing licenses, and have covered and heated boats.

2. Stand-Up Paddle Board – Sound Yoga and SUP offers stand-up paddle board lessons and guided tours. It’s best to call and talk over the details of your desired experience.

3. Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Anacortes – This self-guided tour identifies 30 historic buildings and takes about 1.5-hours. Along the route some of the highlights are a century old park the community built, a historic Carnegie library turned museum, and a 126-year-old building that was rolled eleven blocks to its current location back in 1904 – it is now the Majestic Inn & Spa.

4. Take a Hike – Anacortes has almost 2,800 acres of forests lands with 50 miles of multiple use trails. What can one expect when hiking the trails? Patches of old growth forest, extensive woodlands, marshlands filled with bird song, and breathtaking seascape and island views. Anacortes Forestlands include Whistle Lake, Cranberry Lake, Heart Lake, and Washington Park.

5. Go Rock Climbing – Climb in the great outdoors! Mt. Erie’s eight south-facing wall groups draw rock climbers from Canada, Montana, and California. The rock has a variety of routes, like beginning top rope routes, multi-pitch triad, and 5.13 sport routes.


1. “My Fair Lady” runs September 27-October 26 – In Lerner and Loewe’s beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond- a bond that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor. Presented by Anacortes Community Theatre. Directed by Sam Guzik with music direction by Katie Jennings.

2. Bier on the Pier is October 4-5 – 30 breweries, 10 cider houses, 5 food vendors. Tickets available at www.anacortes.org/beer

3. Vintage Market is October 18 & 19 – All vendors will be fully stocked with spring home décor items, garden goodies, antiques, repurposed and handcrafted Jewelry, clothing, furniture, and vintage finds plus up-cycled items ready to find a new home with you!

4. Brewgrass is November 1 & 2 – Rockfish Grill and Brown Lantern Ale House each feature bluegrass bands from 8pm to around midnight.

5. Sip & Shop is November 22 – Start your holiday shopping in downtown Anacortes with Sip & Shop. From 5-8pm, businesses downtown will be serving select wine and beer while helping you get started with your holiday shopping.

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