Edmonds Arts Festival organizers make ‘difficult decision’ to cancel 2020 event

Artist booths at the Edmonds Arts Festival in 2019.

For the first time in 64 years, Edmonds won’t have an arts festival.

The Edmonds Arts Festival and Foundation announced Thursday that they are canceling the June 2020 Edmonds Arts Festival and associated events to protect the health and safety of community members, artists, volunteers, visitors and Edmonds School District students.

“This was a difficult decision for our board members, who put in countless hours all year round to produce the festival, said Festival President arbara Norgaard Reid. “Having to cancel for the first time in 64 years, even though it was for the right reasons, saddened us, as we love putting on the festival and are proud of our contribution to the Edmonds community, to the arts, and to the artists.”

According to an organization announcement, Arts Festival and Arts Festival Foundation members plan to present “a very robust” festival in summer 2021,  and will be looking forward to other opportunities to support the arts in Edmonds throughout this year and next.

Information regarding next steps and refunds for artists, vendors and others will soon be posted on the website at www.edmondsartsfestival.com.

    1. Certainly understandable. All the planning and commitments that are made ahead of time would certainly be difficult.
      I am getting my piece of heaven ready in my back yard. Things are are leafing out and beginning to bloom. That is my place to paint and restore art work.

  1. I suggest canceling the Taste and replace it with the Art Festival. It does a much better job of reflecting the community’s real character.

  2. You have always done a fabulous job and the festival is wonderful. I will miss participating this year but I support your decision. I know it was a difficult one to make. Looking forward to a great 2021.

  3. This a sad decision for all of us who love the Arts Festival, not to mention all the vendors. Of course, health and safety is of prime concern, so it is understandable. I usually do most of my holiday shopping at the Arts Festival. I will give to charities this year. Hope all are staying healthy.

  4. Noooooo! So sad to hear, but I completely understand. I agree with Sue Burns, replace the Taste of Edmonds with the Art Festival.

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