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Your guide to spring and summer events in Edmonds
By Brian Soergel | May 10, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel The Edmonds Arts Festival is June 15-17 at Frances Anderson Center.

Editor's note: The dates for the Thursday concerts at Hazel Miller Plaza were incorrect in the May 10 Edmonds Beacon. They have been corrected here.

The weather is warming up – 80 degrees on Mother’s Day? Yes, please. Main Street is filling up on weekends, business doors are wide open, and ferry fares have gone up.

There’s no mistaking that spring now is leading into summer.

And there is no shortage of family friendly activities coming your way. Of course, many 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.

For you, though, all events are free to attend.

Here’s a look:

Through June 19

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.

It returns with regular vendors such as Sky Valley Family Farm, Wilson Fish, Deborah's Pies, Snohomish Bakery, Alvarez Organics and Pete's Perfect Toffee.

There will be plenty of fresh spring flowers and early veggies. New vendors include Liberated Foods, which features gluten-free mixes and baked goods. There also will be plenty of plant starts for home gardeners from Glacier Peaks Nursery and Frog Song Farm. Live music also featured.

May 12

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. Budding 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 www.edmondsinbloom.com.

May 19

Edmonds Jazz Connection

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers sponsors the 17th annual festival, held at various venues. Big bands, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts; vocal jazz, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at North Sound Center; instrumental 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.

More information: www.jazzconnection.org.

May 19

Health & Fitness Expo

9 a.m.-noon. Community partners and local businesses come together to promote health and fitness at the sixth 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, track meet and field events. Edmonds Stadium, 7600 212th St. SW. More information: www.HFExpo.edmondswa.gov.

May 28

Memorial Day program

11 a.m. Celebrate the city’s 36th annual Memorial Day at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium. Bring your lawn chair. Refreshments will be served. Emphasized will be both Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, with special recognition to the newly installed Memorial Monument.

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 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 1st. Sgt. Chris Edwards.

June 16-Oct. 6

Edmonds Summer Market

Held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday, except Aug. 11 during Taste Edmonds.

This season sees a new farmer: Rest Awhile Orchards out of Pateros. Amy and her family will be bringing plenty of certified organic fruits to the market all season, featuring cherries, peaches, nectarines, apples, pears and more. Also on hand will be Bellingham Pasta Co., Saucy Mama & Co., Finn River Cidery, Brown Butterfly Co., and many other new producers and artists.

As always, the market features a wide range of local artists who bring their work to share every week at the market, from woodcraft to clock making, photography to painting, jewelry crafts to fabric artists, glass artistry for the garden and the home. There will be numerous food vendors as well, of course, as well as buskers.

June 15-17

Edmonds Arts Festival

The festival, always on Father’s Day weekend, celebrates its 61st anniversary in 2018. As always, there will be artist booths, a juried art exhibit, juried student art exhibits, a festival store, information booth, food vendors and live entertainment on the new bandshell. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 15-16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17. It all takes over the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. Information: www.edmondsartsfestival.com.

June 30

Ranger Talks: The Seals of Edmonds: All You Wanted to Know and More

2:30-3:30 p.m. Discover the life of seals visible on the Edmonds waterfront: behavior, life cycle and biology will be covered. Meet at the Olympic Beach visitor station.

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 www.EdmondsFourth.com.

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

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

July 7-Aug. 13

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 10-11 a.m. July 12, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 28 and noon-1 p.m. Aug. 13. Information: 425-771-0227.

July 14

Ranger Talks: Buoys and Gulls Walk and Talk

2:30-3:30 p.m. Learn about the daily goings-on along the Edmonds waterfront. The dive park, marine sanctuary and wildlife will be discussed during the one-hour walk. Meet at the base of the jetty and Brackett’s Landing North.

July 15-Aug. 26

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

July 15: The Cliff Perry Band, Bluegrass.

July 22: Wooden O/Seattle Shakespeare Co., “The Merry Wives of Windsor” (105 minutes)

July 29: Richard Allen and the Louisiana Experience, zydeco.

Aug. 5: Global Heat, neo-soul/R&B/funk.

Aug. 12: Jazz Underground, contemporary big band jazz

Aug. 19: The Gothard Sisters, Celtic music and dance

Aug. 26: Scott Lindenmuth Group, jazz instrumentals

July 17-Aug. 21

Hazel Miller Plaza concerts

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

July 17: Cascade Percussion Ensemble, baroque to contemporary

July 24: Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre’ “Stella Luna,” for all ages

July 31: Choroloco, vintage Brazilian jazz

Aug. 7: Cosmos Drea, Americana

Aug. 14: The Harmonica Pocket, kiddie rock

Aug 21: The Misadventures of Cap’n Arr, pirate comedy

July 19-Aug. 23

Hazel Miller Plaza concerts

5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Fifth Avenue South and Maple Street. Concerts take place rain or shine.

July 19: Rogue, music of Paris and more

July 26: Classic Kezmer Trio, klezmer and classical

Aug. 2: IvyLane, acoustic duo, vocals and guitar

Aug. 9: Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, American roots music

Aug. 16: Maya Soleil Traditions, African music and dance

Aug. 23: Tiller’s Folly, Americana, folk, roots, bluegrass, Celtic

July 19

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 29th annual guided tour, at 1 p.m., has Edmonds Cemetery Board members highlighting selected grave sites 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 24

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. Hosted by the Edmonds Chamber Foundation. Bring your buckets and shovels. Marina Beach, 470 Admiral Way. Information: 425-670-1496.

July 27 and Aug. 3

Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites

Movies begin around 9 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. Refreshments will be sold. Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. Movies are rated PG.

July 27: “Moana.”

Aug. 3: “Wonder.”

Information: 425-771-0230.

Aug. 25

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. Held at Marina Beach. Information: 425-771-0227.

Sept. 9

Edmonds Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

10 a.m.-4 p.m., awards at 3:30 by the fountain. Downtown Edmonds will be filled with more than 325-plus classic cars and music piped from loudspeakers. New this year: motorcycles! Registration now open.

The Kids Zone will have free pinewood derby car kits to build, paint and race on the pinewood derby track. Free pancake breakfast at North Sound Community Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 425-670-1496.









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