Celebrate Summer in Edmonds, Part One  

With a school year that seemed endless due to winter snow early this year, it’s a welcome relief for everyone to know that summer is here.

And summer in Edmonds means a calendar FULL of activities and things to do! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite annual events and share what’s new, what traditions are still here, and what kind of fun you can have in the coming weeks in downtown Edmonds.

An Edmonds Kind of 4th

Few places offer the kind of old fashioned hometown 4th of July celebration like Edmonds does with the annual An Edmonds Kind of 4th.

Did you know it takes over 125 volunteers to put on this free community event? Greg Urban, CEO of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce (who puts on the festivities), let us know putting on this event takes a village.

“We do have a need for volunteers and there are some fun ways to get involved. A few hours in the morning assisting with the race is a big help to us. You could also sign up to be a judge for the parade and choose the winning floats, or help with the pre-parade staging and get a sneak peek of all the participants and still be able to go watch the procession,” he shared.

The morning begins with the Beat Brackett 5k and Baby Brackett 1k, where participants aim to beat “George Brackett” (yes, a costumed Brackett runs the race!). All ages and abilities are welcome!

Next are two patriotic parades that wind through downtown Edmonds. The theme this year is “Edmonds – Small Town, Big Heart” and the Chamber invites participants to use this theme in their decorations and entries.

After the parade is a great time to grab some refreshments, like cool off with some frozen yogurt at Revelationsor enjoy lunch at Taki Tiki or Red Twig, and then make your way to City Park at 2:30 p.m. for the annual Edmonds firefighter’s waterball competition.

And a 4th of July celebration wouldn’t be complete without fireworks which cap off a fun day of paying tribute to our country. The evening festivities include dancing, a mustache contest, food, and, of course, fireworks!

Summer Wine Walks

A favorite Edmonds summer event are the two Wine Walks benefiting Art Walk Edmonds. There are two events this summer, July 6th and August 3rd.

The Wine Walk allows you to visit various Edmonds merchants, sample a variety of local wine, and meet the winemakers! Your ticket includes 10 tokens each good for a one-ounce pour. You also have the chance to purchase bottles of your favorites at the Sip Stops on the map or at the pop-up shop located at Coldwell Banker Bain.

Merchants taking part this year include ARTSpot, Cline Jewelers, Ombu Salon, Cole Gallery, Edmonds Realty, Gallery North, Interiors of Edmonds, The Wooden Spoon, ZINC Art + Interiors, and more!

Tickets go fast and you can count on it selling out, so don’t delay in securing yours! For all the details and to buy tickets, visit https://www.artwalkedmonds.com/wine-walks.

Edmonds in Bloom

Sunday July 21st marks the 24th year for the popular Edmonds in Bloom event. This year features tours of six private gardens drawing from a diverse spectrum of styles, time periods, and inspirations.

The tours promise to provide both experienced and casual gardeners a wealth of ideas. Tickets can be purchased online or at local merchants including Bountiful Homeand Garden Gear.

Summer Concert Series

Each year the Edmonds Art Commission puts on two free concert series at two locations – Edmonds City Park on Sundays and at Hazel Miller Plaza on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We spoke with Erin Arguelles who coordinates the concerts and she shared who’s new as well as returning favorites.

“I’m excited about the diversity in the line-up for this year’s summer concert series. We’re welcoming back some local favorites, including Tingstad & Rumbel (contemporary instrumental), Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band (marches), and Roberto the Magnificent (comedy/juggling/stunts)”, she shared.

“We’re also going to be enjoying a variety of international sounds, with groups such as Miho & Diego (sounds of Japan & Latin America), Katrina Ji & Culture Shakti (Rajasthai folk dance), Gasango (West African music & dance), and Jovino Santo Neto Trio (Brazilian).”

The concerts at Hazel Miller Plaza offer the opportunity to grab a bite at Las Brisasor The Cheesemonger’s Table, or even treat yourself to some delicious gelato at Canarino Gelatowhile you enjoy live music.

The entire concert series is family friendly and free to attend. To see the full 2019 lineup, visit http://www.edmondswa.gov/summer-concerts.html.

Look for our second installment about summer in Edmonds in a few weeks – there are just so many things to do we can’t fit it into one!

For information on all of our great downtown Edmonds businesses, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

Created by the Edmonds City Council in early 2013, the Edmonds Downtown Alliance (Ed!) is a focused, funded organization that supports and improves business conditions in Edmonds. With over 350 members, Ed! funds programs related to activities such as beautification, marketing, security, parking, clean-up or administration. For more information, we invite you to visit edmondsdowntown.org.

By Kelsey Foster, on behalf of Ed! Photos by Matt Hulbert

— Sponsored by the Edmonds Downtown Alliance


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