Happening nearby: Edmonds Arts Festival set for Friday-Sunday

Layout 158th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival
Friday – Sunday
June 19 – 21
Frances Anderson Cultural Center
700 Main St., Edmonds

The 58th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival kicks off Friday, June 19 at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday evening, June 21.

The festival is filled with fun for all ages and includes art, entertainment, food vendors, a Student Art Exhibit, and Kids Create area. There is no admission charge for this popular three-day event.


More than 200 artist-exhibitors display and sell fine arts and crafts on the grassy field east of the Frances Anderson Center and on the plaza above the Edmonds Library. Skilled artists from the Western U.S. and Canada are carefully selected in various mediums including jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, glassblowing and more.

Inside the Frances Anderson Center, three galleries showcase juried fine art and artisans’ works from more than 200 artists. All art inside the galleries is offered for sale.

The Edmonds Arts Festival is one of the pioneers in displaying the work of student artists. Don’t miss the exhibit of more than 1,000 pieces of art from K-12 students residing within the boundaries of the Edmonds School District. The Student Art Exhibit is located on the lower level of the center.

For years, the Edmonds Arts Festival has delighted festival-goers at their outdoor amphitheater with a wide variety of performances including music, dance and theater. Performances at the 2015 festival will include well-known local and regional bands performing original and cover pop, rock, blues, world, folk, indie and alternative music. Featured bands include Easy Company Band, Nick Drummond Trio, Reggie Garrett & The Snake Oil Peddlers, Kitt Bender Band, Kellee Bradley, and the Aaron Crawford Band. In addition, local youth groups and performers, several of them award-winning, will be performing from Edmonds-Woodway High School, Meadowdale Middle School and the Barclay Shelton Dance Center.

The 2015 Festival will showcase a fresh combination of new food vendors and those returning by popular demand at various locations throughout the Festival grounds. This year we are showcasing food trucks offering up a variety of tantalizing foods; we have eight new concessionaires this year including those offering a variety of healthy food choice options. Edmonds’ own Salish Sea Brewing Company will be serving beer and wine in our Grotto on the Plaza level.

Kids Create provides children with art enrichment activities and hands-on experiences. This year’s creative theme highlights Mexican culture; there are various fun art projects for kids ages 3-12 that are designed to be completed in 30 minutes. Art Wise Northwest of Edmonds helped develop these age-appropriate projects for this year’s activities. The Soundside Marinelife Rescue Center will sponsor a fun craft project and a chalk wall for the tiny ones. Each activity is led and supervised by a group of volunteers. Joining Kids Create will be face painters from MaileArts and the Soundside Marinelife Rescue Center.

The 2015 festival poster, Puget Sound Sighting, is a vivid oil pastel drawing by award-winning artist Brett Varney. Brett is a landscape artist and outdoor enthusiast who enhances a scene in an impressionistic manner by applying his own unique vision and ideas in order to create something completely new. Posters will be for sale in the Festival Store and more of Brett’s art will be for sale in booth 310 on the Artist Booths field. In addition to calendars and clothing that also feature the poster image, Festival logo T-shirts, jackets, and other items will also be sold at the Store. There will be a student art poster for sale this year that is a fun, colorful print of a cat and bird that was painted by second-grader Niko Kester who attends Seaview Elementary School.

Free shuttle parking for the festival is available at the Edmonds-Woodway High School site at the corner of 212th Street and 76th Avenue West in Edmonds, and at the Port of Edmonds on Admiral Way. See the festival website for directions and maps. A shuttle will also meet the Edmonds ferry during festival hours to take walk-on passengers directly to the site. Handicapped parking is limited, but available on the perimeter of the festival along Main or Dayton Streets and also in the library parking lot. The shuttles are buses or vans and are not wheelchair accessible. The festival is held in a city park and per Municipal Code 5.05.060, only service animals are allowed on festival grounds.

Festival updates are available at www.edmondsartsfestival.com and www.facebook.com/edmondsartsfestival or by calling 425-771-6412.

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