Can’t beat free (or low cost) | Spring, summer events

Plenty of options coming up in Edmonds
By Brian Soergel | May 04, 2017
Courtesy of: Janine Harles Vendors at the Garden and Summer farmers markets are always willing to help their customers.

The weather is kinda getting warmer, Main Street is filling up on weekends, sidewalk seating is expanding, and ferry fares have gone up.

There’s no mistaking that happy season has arrived, with spring leading into summer.

Lucky for you, you live in Edmonds, where there is no shortage of free (in most cases), family friendly activities coming your way. Of course, many events are brought to you by the city of Edmonds, Chamber of Commerce and local nonprofits, where funds come from a combination of members, donations, corporate sponsorships, grants and your tax dollars.

But it’s all free for you, the participant. (Where applicable, prices are listed.)

We thought you might like a guide to what’s in store.

First up, the Edmonds Historical Society’s Garden Market, which begins this weekend.

May 6-June 10
Garden Market

The first farmers market of the year is held 9 a.m.-2 p.m Saturdays at Fifth Avenue North and Bell Street.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Wilson Fish,” said the Edmonds Historical Society’s Bette Bell. “As a vendor of our market for over five years, Gene brings freshly caught wild king salmon and smoked king salmon every week to our market through the season. All the fish brought to the market is caught off the coast of Washington and Oregon, processed and brought to the market within two days of being caught. Other fish featured through the season include true cod, ling cod, and halibut.”

Also back is Pete’s Perfect Toffee, whose flavors run from the traditional dark and milk toffees to pumpkin, espresso, mocha and more.

A new face joining the Garden Market this season is Glacier Peak Farms, Bell said. “(The owner) Rebecca is bringing her love for plants to our market in the form of herb and vegetable starts, as well as heirloom tomato starts. We are thrilled to welcome her to our market and look forward to expanding so many backyard gardens and patio planters this summer.”

Also new is Mountain Pacific, where you can find handmade children’s clothes made from fleece.

May 6
Floretum Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

Floretum’s annual plant sale will be held at a new location this year – the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. From 9 a.m, to noon you can find locally grown perennials, herbs, annuals and shrubs, all advertised as having low prices.

Experienced gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions and offer planting advice. There also will be a boutique of garden-related art, pots, vases, tools and crafts.

Proceeds from the sale fund scholarships for horticultural students. For more information, go to

May 6
Watershed Fun Fair

The annual event has exhibits, games, nature crafts and activities especially for kids, including fish feeding, face painting, exhibits and demonstrations on recycling, stormwater, creating wildlife habitat and rain gardens. There also will be tours of the native plant garden and fish hatchery. The first 50 guests take home a free potted native plant. No registration required.

12:30-1:15 p.m. Pollinator Dance Party: Dance like bees with Urban Farmer Lisa Taylor and her Garden Critter Academy puppets with a music- and movement-filled adventure in a beehive. Buzz with the bees to gather pollen, fertilize plants and help make our food. Examine a bee’s lifecycle from egg to adult. Learn how bee communities work together to construct their homes, gather food and raise baby bees.

1:30-3 p.m. Rain garden Tour: Join staff from Edmonds Public Works to tour Edmonds' newest cluster of rain gardens along Third Avenue South. Learn about rain-garden design, structure and function. The tour will set off from the Willow Creek Hatchery. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the weather.

For more information, contact Jennifer Leach at 425-771-0227 or

May 13
Edmonds in Bloom

The popular “Kids Plant for Mom’s Day” – the day before Mother’s Day – is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Garden Market on Bell Street. Children plant colorful annuals in bloom for their mothers for Mother’s Day with the help of Edmonds in Bloom volunteers. The young gardeners get to pick a colorful beach pail, adorn it with stickers and add a variety of flowered plants of their choice.

A $10 donation for materials is appreciated.

Children’s Fairy Flower Parade

The parade starts at noon at the Edmonds Library. In addition, kids can make free Mother’s Day cards at C’est La Vie, 320 Fifth Ave. S.

For more information, go to

May 20
Edmonds Jazz Connection

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers sponsors the 17th annual festival, held at various venues. Big bands, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts; chorals, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church; combos, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Edmonds Theater.

The day includes performances from nationally recognized and award-winning high school and middle school jazz programs from throughout the Pacific Northwest and highlights numerous student groups that have performed in prestigious competitions nationwide.

Admission free, but donations will go to educational and scholarship programs.

May 20
Health & Fitness Expo

9 a.m.-noon. Community partners and local businesses will come together to promote health and fitness at the fifth annual event. Free admission. Includes over 50 interactive health and wellness booths, free health screenings, healthy snack samples, and plenty of opportunities to be active in the obstacle course, Move 60 Fun Run, bike rodeo, bike blender, and the Active Zone. New additions to this year’s event include Family Gardening, a Family Fitness stage and track meet and field events. Edmonds Stadium, 7600 212th St SW. More information:

May 29
Memorial Day program

Celebrate the city’s 35th annual Memorial Day commemoration at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium. Bring your lawn chair. Refreshments will be served. This year’s theme is a “Welcome Home” for Vietnam veterans. Program highlights include the presentation of colors, songs and music by the Kinetic Community Singers, the Edmonds-Woodway High School Brass Quintet and Mike Barber, piper.

The program will continue with Edmonds-Woodway’s Olivia Olson reading her award-winning VFW essay (she also won last year) and remarks by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. The program ends with a rifle salute by the Washington National Honor Guard, Camp Murray, and taps by Sgt. Chris Edwards.

June 2-4
Edmonds Waterfront Festival

The Rotary Club of Edmonds annual event is at the Port of Edmonds. There will be live entertainment, arts and crafts, food court, kid’s activities, beer and wine garden, hydroplanes and classic boat races. Admission is $4 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. There’s also a 5K run on Saturday. Watch out – the Seafair Pirates will invade the festival Sunday at 1 p.m.

Entertainment includes the Beatniks, Shane Cobane, the Islanders, The Edsels, Nite Wave, Hair Nation, and more.


June 7-Aug. 20
Public Low-Tide Beach Walks

Explore the intertidal life of the Edmonds Marine Sanctuary during a one-hour low-tide walk with a ranger naturalist. Meet at Olympic Beach Visitor Station by the fishing pier. Walks are at 1:30 p.m. June 27 and 11 a.m. July 22 and Aug. 20. Information: 425-771-0227.

June 16-18
Edmonds Arts Festival

The festival, always on Father’s Day weekend, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017. As always, there will be artist booths, student art exhibits, a festival store, information booth, food vendors and live entertainment on the new bandshell. It all takes over the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. Information:

June 17-Oct. 7
Edmonds Summer Market

Held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday, except Aug. 12 during A Taste of Edmonds.

Favorites include the Caruso Family Farm, which has fresh vegetables from its Snohomish farm; Frog Song Farm is a long-time member whose fanciful vegetable display is moving from Fifth Avenue North near The Rusty Pelican to the top of Bell Street near Sixth Avenue North.

New this season will be Sea Fire Gourmet, which has three distinct varieties of hot sauce. All are made from chili peppers picked in the Yakima Valley.

As always, there will be an array of flowers, glass, textile arts and jewelry. Wood carvers and other talented artisans will offer their wares. There will be numerous food vendors as well, of course.

June 20-Aug. 29
South County Walks

Meets 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. Sponsored by Verdant Health Commission. Information: 425-582-8600,

July 4
An Edmonds Kind of Fourth

“The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce extends an invitation to one and all to march in the Fourth of July parade,” chamber President Greg Urban said. That mean families, groups, and businesses are welcome to march in the parade, expected to draw more than 15,000 spectators.

There are six different awards categories from Most Patriotic to Best Decorated. To march in the parade, fill out a registration form, along with a fee of $25 per group and $25 per vehicle, and be ready to march at noon on the big day. For registration forms and more information, go to

The annual Beat Brackett 5K begins at noon at City Park. New this year will be the Baby Brackett 5K. For registration forms and more information, go to

The fireworks show will once again be held at Civic Field.

July 9-Aug. 20
Concerts in the Park

3-4 p.m. Sundays, canceled at 2:30 in case of rain. City Park, Third Avenue South and Pine Street. Free.

  • July 9: Wooden O, Seattle Shakespeare Co. “Much Ado About Nothing” (105 minutes)
  • July 16: East-West International Project – world music, jazz and pop
  • July 23: Good Co – electro swing band
  • July 30: The Music of “Four” – Americana, folk and rock
  • Aug. 6: Steel Magic Northwest – steel pan orchestra
  • Aug. 13: 85th Street Big Band – classic big-band music
  • Aug. 20: The Debutones – folk, country and bluegrass
July 16
Garden Tour

Edmonds in Bloom’s 22nd annual event will feature five gardens. Tickets are $15 in advance (available in June) or $20 the day of the tour. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information:

July 18-Aug. 22
Hazel Miller Plaza concerts

Noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays at Fifth Avenue South and Maple Street. Concerts take place rain or shine.

  • July 18: Leapin’ Louie – cowboy comedy show
  • July 25: Kelly Shirey & Co. – acoustic rock
  • Aug. 1: Arturo Rodriguez & His Rhythm Ambassadors – blues, jazz and world music
  • Aug. 8: Roberto the Magnificent – juggling and comedy stunts
  • Aug. 15: Kalani Kahaialii - Hawaiian
  • Aug 22: Ed Hartmann - marimba
July 20-Aug. 24
Hazel Miller Plaza concerts

Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays at Fifth Avenue South and Maple Street. Concerts take place rain or shine.

  • July 20: Mark Lewis Quartet – jazz
  • July 27: CD Woodbury Trio – contemporary blues
  • Aug. 3: African All Stars – traditional African music
  • Aug. 10: Jessica Lynne – contemporary country
  • Aug. 17: Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana – Mexican folk music
  • Aug. 24: 20/20 – a cappella, pop
July 20
Walk Back in Time and Open House

There’s a story of birth, life and death behind each headstone at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery. The 28th annual event, at 1 p.m., has Edmonds Cemetery Board members highlighting selected gravesites with stories from Edmonds’ past. Participants are invited to bring their own stories and family history, as well. Refreshments will be served. 820 15th St. SW. Information: 425-771-4741.

July 25
Sand-Sculpting Contest

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Form a team or build your own creation in the amateur contest open to all ages. Judging at noon, awards at 12:30 p.m. Bring your buckets and shovels. Marina Beach, 470 Admiral Way. Information: 425-771-0230.

July 28 and Aug. 4
Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites

Movies begin at dusk. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. Refreshments will be sold. Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. Movies are rated PG.

  • July 28: “Kung Fu Panda.”
  • Aug. 4: “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.”

Information: 425-771-0230.

Aug. 11-13
A Taste of Edmonds

Now in its 35th year, A Taste of Edmonds features food, arts and crafts, commercial booths, rides, a children’s area and three entertainment stages, along with a beer garden and wine garden. Admission is $5 for those 13 and up, an increase of $1 from last year. The beer garden also has an admission cost. The entertainment acts are expected to be announced soon. Civic Playfield, 310 Sixth Ave. N. Information: 425-776-6711,

Aug. 26
Moonlight Beach Adventure

The summer tradition continues with an interpretive program. You can see and touch live creatures brought to shore by volunteer scuba divers operating a live underwater feed. Dress warmly, and bring a flashlight. Information: 425-771-0227.

Sept. 10
Edmonds Classic Car Show

Downtown Edmonds will be filled with more than 300 classic cars and music piped from loudspeakers. Car registration is now open. The Kids Zone will have free pinewood derby car kits to build, paint and race on the pinewood derby track. Information: 425-670-1496.















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