Transit Shed

Please contact our Events Coordinator at 360-299-1822 or email with any questions regarding events or facility rentals. The facility can be reserved up to one year in advance of the scheduled date.  If the one year mark falls on a weekend or national holiday, the reservation can be made on the previous business day.

We are not taking reservations for any dates in 2024. The current guidance from our Port Commission is that the venue will no longer be available for events effective 12/31/23 as the Port expects to transition the space to support maritime industrial jobs.

Situated on the Port’s Historic Pier 1, overlooking the Guemes Channel, is a one of a kind facility known as the Transit Shed. Located at the foot of Commercial Avenue in Downtown Anacortes, it is ideal for holiday and team parties, conferences, family reunions, community events and fundraisers, wedding receptions and trade shows. It is available to the general public as outlined in the information and policies below.


A $600 rental deposit must accompany all completed applications to secure your booking.

The rental deposit does not apply to your invoiced rental fees. Rental fees are due separately, prior to your event. Unless any of the criteria below apply, the rental deposit will be returned in the manner in which is it was paid, within 30 days after your event date. Rental fee for venue and any extra equipment available by the Port must be paid 30 days in advance of event.

  • Damage to the facility or equipment was caused during the event
  • Contract is neglected
  • Booking is cancelled within 180 days

Rental Fees

Weekend Rental
Included Items
No Fee
8 Person Round Tables – maximum of 35 tables
10 Person Round Tables – maximum of 10 tables
10 Rectangular Tables
Chairs – maximum of 325 chairs
Sound System
Optional Items
Rental Fee
Dance Floor – must be installed by Port staff (28’x28’)
$1000 + tax
Stage – must be installed by Port staff (Eleven, 3’x8’ pieces for versatile configuration)
$600 + tax


What is the application process?

Complete and submit a Transit Shed Application Packet and $600 Damage Deposit. Requests for use must be submitted prior to the use of the facility. Port staff shall review all applications and has the right to grant any use based on policies and availability, or to grant use subject to certain conditions.  The facility can be reserved up to one year in advance of the scheduled date.  If the one year mark falls on a weekend or national holiday, the reservation can be made on the previous business day.

What does the rental include?

  • Full size Refrigerator and freezer
  • (35) 60″ Round Tables (Seats 8)
  • (10) 72″ Round Tables (Seats 10)
  • (10) 60″ Rectangular Tables
  • (300) Black Fan Back Chairs
  • (1) 8′ Ladder, (3) Large Trash Cans
  • (1) Vacuum.
  • Broom, Dust Pan, Mop, PA System.

When are all the rental fees due?

All rental fees are due 30 days prior to the event.

What is the event insurance requirments?

Use of the facilities requires the applicant to have insurance coverage for bodily injury, property damage and alcohol liability, with coverage of $1,000,000 per occurrence, and naming the Port of Anacortes as additional insured. Proof of insurance must be provided 30 days prior to the event.

When is the liquor permit required?

30 days prior to event.

How long does it take to get our refund back after the event?

Refunds are processed within 30 days following the next business day of the event providing: No damage to the property and facility is clean.

When do I get the keys for the venue?

There isn’t one. Code for door access will be given and a time will be set up with the events coordinator no earlier than the week of the event.

Steps for Booking

Step 1: Check Availability

Step 2: Submit Venue Rental Request

Step 3: A Representative will confirm receipt of the application and hold date for 48 hours. Next the $600 Damage Deposit will need to be paid and that will secure your event. Note, payment in full for venue, fee for renting dance floor or stage, proof of insurance and banquet permit are required 30 days in advance of event.

You may also contact the Events Coordinator directly, to tour the facility or to answer any additional questions.


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