Artfully Edmonds, Happening Nearby: Shoreline Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday

FestLogo24WEB-167x164Shoreline Arts Festival
Shoreline Center
18560 1st Ave. N.E.

Saturday, June 28 ~ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 29 ~ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June continues to be art festival month as festivities move to Shoreline this weekend. Just minutes away from Edmonds, the 24th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival will showcase an exciting two days of ethnic dance, food, and displays; as well as visual arts, music, artist’s crafts and jewelry. There’s plenty for little ones as well with the children’s theatre and the Children’s Hands-on Art Arena with puppet shows – plus much more!

Shoreline Room Stage
The festival’s opening performance features Chinese dancers demonstrating a range of dances from evocative to energetically exciting. Their performance takes place at 12:15 p.m. on the Shoreline Room Stage after opening ceremonies. Their dance will be followed by a performance by Hokulani’s Hula Studio and The Kupunas.

The Shoreline Philippine Festival returns for the 17th year, establishing itself as one of the festival’s glittering centerpieces. At 3 p.m. on Saturday the Filipiniana Dance Company will once again grace the Shoreline Room Stage. “Drawing from the many ethnic traditions found in the Philippines, the company dances to create exciting intermingling of very different cultures. The performance represents the many influences of the Highland tribal, Spanish, Islamic, and contemporary cultures, but remain uniquely Filipino.”

The Oolleem Korean Traditional Performance Group of Federal Way will entertain with lively, colorful displays at 5 pm. This troupe’s line up will show off the Bongsan masked dance as performers move across the stage in dazzling costumes.

Oolleem Korean Traditional Performance Group

Sunday, on the Shoreline Room Stage ethnic cultural events continue with a at 2 pm performance by the Northwest Taiko drum group whose motto is “spirit is the integrity!”

Other Stages

Festival performances and activities will also take place on the Showmobile Outdoor Stage and the Artist Marketplace – Busking Stage and in the Auditorium. Highlights will include performances by Brazilian jazz specialists, Choroloco ( and “loco” means crazy! ), pop and acoustic bands, singers and songwriters.

Music lovers who prefer jazz won’t be sad to hear that Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers will be performing on the Showmobile Outdoor Stage at 11 am on Sunday.

One of the delights of the Shoreline Arts Festival each year is just how much is offered for entertaining children. The Missoula Children’s Theatre opens its show twice on Saturday – at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Dandylyon Drama, where they endeavor for every child to have the privilege to experience incredible play time with highly trained instructors, beautiful costumes, inspired sets, and professional performance quality will make a visit to the festival as well. Dandylyon Drama gives children “great lessons about their own value and the value of community collaboration while gaining skills in music, theater and art.”

Paper and Clay’s Erika Lundahl and Doug Indrick are always fun, especially when showing off their particular “line of folk story-telling traditions and alternative rhythms to bring you a musical experience that’s energetic, contemplative and sincere.”

Hands-On Art for Children and Adults sounds fun for kids and parents, doesn’t it? The festival invites you to bring little ones to the Art Station, discover the magic of mosaics, and visit the Clay Station.

The Youth Art Exhibition is an impressive gallery to visit with your children. Awards will be presented in four categories this year and we’re sure you will want to take your kids to this wonderful exhibit.

But wait! There’s more!!

You’ll want to meander through the Artist Marketplace, take in the Juried Art and Photography exhibit featuring nearly 400 works from Pacific Northwest artists. And if you’re feeling art-edgy there’s always Steamroller Art! The Shoreline Community College Art Club will be delighting the crowd with this innovative art form.

So if it’s drama, delight, and dance you’re looking for to close out June – Shoreline Arts Festival is the place to be!

The Shoreline Arts Festival website with a complete line-up of events and stages is here:

For specific questions about the festival call the Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council at 206-417-4645.

— By Emily Hill

  1. It is a sad thought that the Edmonds ARTS Festival with it’s LONG, RICH HISTORY (since 1957!!!) of FINE ART has now been referenced and voted as “Washington’s Best Street Fair”…………In the past (and I submitted to the jury shows 40! years ago) I NEVER thought of this event as a “Street Fair”…….I think we all know the difference. This Arts Festival was known about on the east coast when I lived back there at least 30 years ago…….

    It was always a well-known ART FESTIVAL. Perhaps if the City of Edmonds actually started SPONSORING this wonderful ARTS FESTIVAL, it would continue its long, RICH history. What was the point of the Mayor’s “Arts Summit” if the city does not even SPONSOR an event (and a cultural one at that ) that brings 50,000 people to Edmonds in 3 days?! Surely the City of Edmonds gets something back from that…….correct me if I’m wrong

    ******A heads up for all of the 500 volunteers that have continued to work selflessly so this rich culture here in Edmonds can continue. Perhaps the City of Edmonds will get on board as a sponsor …….I moved here 4 years ago and was shocked to see that the City of Edmonds did not actually SPONSOR the Edmonds Arts Festival……Let’s please not turn this event into a :”Street Fair”…..something just about “business” as usual……….dime a dozen, as there are millions of them across the country…….

    You won’t see the kind of FINE ART that is hanging in the City Council Chamber by DELAINE JOHNSON at a Street Fair! nor other fine art work at regular street fairs…….

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