Annual Coupeville arts festival takes over this weekend

  • Tue Jul 28th, 2015 9:55pm
  • Life

The Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival will fill the streets this weekend with artist vendors, music and food.

The annual festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Coupeville.

A wine reception and juried art gallery kicks off the weekend at 7 p.m. Friday at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

With more than 180 vendors scheduled to attend, event organizers have created a new way for visitors to find their very favorite vendors.

Festival President Mike Dessert said vendors are carefully vetted prior to acceptance.

“We really stress quality, hand-made items,” Dessert said. “Items have to be hand-crafted by the person selling them.”

“It’s a heavily juried process.”

Historically, the arts and crafts festival is held the second week in August, but was moved up a week due to a conflict with the Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival.

There’s a full lineup of entertainment planned over both days. Bayview Sound Quartet, Whidbey Island’s premier Bluegrass/roots band, will get things started 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday followed by Brian Butler Blues, a blues guitarist performing from 1-2:20 p.m. Mike Faast and the Fabulous Archtops Rhythm and Jazz will end Saturday, performing from 3-4:30 p.m.

The group Rhythm and Jazz will also kick things off Sunday, performing 11-12:30 p.m., followed by The Roy Kay Trio from 1-2:30 p.m. and Scott Lindenmuth Group from 3-4:30 p.m. bringing the weekend event to a close.

All entertainment will be located in the municipal parking lot off Alexander Street, behind the public library.

Located near the entertainment stage will be the food court, which will run 9:30 a.m. to closing each day of the festival.

Food vendors will include Whidbey Island locals Coupe’s Last Stand, Front Street Grill, Julie’s Lumpia Hut and others.