Skagit County Summer Events

a band performing on an outdoor, covered stage
If you love music, head to Rawkstock, where your day of fun benefits charity. Photo courtesy: Rawkstock

Summer is here with some amazing weather and it’s time to get out of the house! Luckily, Skagit County is full of all kinds of fun events that everyone – whether you want a family-friendly event, a date night or a fun time with friends – will enjoy. Here are is a list highlighting some of the amazing Skagit County summer events.

20th Annual Celebration of the Rose

June 24: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse

If you love roses, you will not want to miss this event! Learn about caring for roses with keynote speakers, check out the community rose display or enter the rose competition. There will be plants given away too! Be sure to stay for the ice cream social and the history talk by Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson. For more information, visit the Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse website.

Mount Vernon PRIDE Walk

June 24: 11:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
515 east Fulton Street, Mount Vernon

Skagit Queer is holding their first ever PRIDE Walk. The event is all ages and there is free parking next to the house at 515 – don’t park in front of the house please. After the walk, gather for a community picnic at Edgewater Park. It’s potluck, so bring a dish to share if you like. Learn more on the Skagit Queer Facebook page.

27th Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games

July 8-9: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Edgewater Park
600 Behrens Millet Road, Mount Vernon

Over 10,000 people attend this incredible two-day event each July. Family members of all ages will love the bagpipe and drum competitions, Scottish athletics and Scottish Highland dancing. Enjoy bands and fiddling. There is tons of food – including whisky tasting, activities for the kids and more. Even the dog is welcome! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Celtic Arts Foundation website.

four girls in modern kilts doing a Scottish dance on a wood stage
Head to the HIghland Games for some traditional Scottish fun. Photo courtesy: Celtic Arts Foundation

Shipwreck Festival

July 15
Downtown Anacortes

Over 400 booths set up for the Shipwreck Festival in Anacortes. A summer event in Skagit County you won’t want to miss, it’s a large community garage sale and flea market with food stands and more. You are sure to find treasures! To find out more, visit the Shipwreck Festival website.

Cascade Days

August 18-19

Enjoy logging demonstrations, a mud race, car show, music, vendors, food and more. This summer event in Skagit County is free and perfect for the whole family. Find out more on the Concrete Chamber of Commerce website.

Vibes in the Vines

July 22:
Bertelsen Winery

20598 Starbird Road, Mount Vernon

This one-day music fest is great for the 21-and-over crowd! Listen to music from Trop Rock while tasting local wines from Bertelsen Winery and local beers. Bring your own snacks, cooler, and lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, visit the Bertelson Winery website. Check out their other upcoming summer events too!

large crowd milling around pop up tents in Anacortes
If you love garage sales, you won’t want to miss the Shipwreck Festival, a summer event in Anacortes. Photo courtesy: Shipwreck Festival

Swin Summerfest

July 22: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Swinomish Casino & Lodge
12885 Casino Dr, Anacortes

A free, all-ages event in Skagit County, Swin Summerfest has live music, food and drinks! Hear fan-favorite bands including Midlife Crisis & The Alimony Horns, Time Machine Radio and Darin Jones & The Last Men Standing. There is plenty of food and drinks, including a beer garden for those 21-and-over. Visit the Swinomish Casino & lodge website for more information.

Anacortes Art Festival

August 4-August 6
Downtown Anacortes

Head to Anacortes for a weekend of art early August. This festival has been showcasing local art and music for 62 years! You will also find food trucks, beer and wine gardens, a kids discovery area and more. Plus, the entire event is free! For more information, visit the Anacortes Art Festival website.

Skagit County Fair

August 9-12
501 Taylor Street, Mount Vernon

It’s just not summer without the Skagit County Fair! This event is of course family-friendly and full of fun! Whether you want to watch performers while eating your fill of fair food, check out the animals, ride the rides or shop the vendors, you are sure to have fun. For tickets and information, visit the Skagit County Fair website.

kids and adults on a rollercoaster
The Skagit County Fair is a summer ‘must do’ event in Skagit County. Photo courtesy: Skagit County

Rawkstock XIII 2023

August 12: gates open at 12 p.m.

Happening on August 12, RawkStock XIII is a day full of music for the whole family. In LaConner, the event is a music fest for a cause, with proceeds going to the Fred Hutch Cancer Center and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Music starts at 4 p.m. and goes until the musicians want to stop! See the line up and more information on the Rawkstock website.

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