See You Downtown This Summer
Summer events are in full swing in Downtown Edmonds, and since there was just too much goodness to put into one article, we split it into two.
As a refresher, here are the events happening through the rest of the warm-weather months—we’re committed to keeping you busy:
- Edmonds Summer Market: Saturdays through October 8, 9am – 2pm
- Lovin’ Summer Scavenger Hunt: Saturday, August 5th–Friday, September 7th
- 2022 Summer Concert Series: Sundays through August 21, 3pm – 4pm at City Park; Tuesdays & Thursdays, through August 25, 4:30 – 6pm at Hazel Miller Plaza
- Outdoor Movie Night: Friday, August 5th, “Night at the Museum”at City Park 15 minutes before sunset
- Edmonds Summer Wine Walk: Saturday, August 6th, 5pm – 8pm
- Art Walk Edmonds: Thursday, August 18th, 5pm – 8pm
- Taste Edmonds: Friday, August 19th–Sunday, August 21st
- 21st Edmonds Classic Car & Moto Show: Sunday, September 11th, 10am – 4pm
- Art Walk Edmonds: Thursday, September 15, 5pm – 8pm
Did you come down for the 4th of July parade? We were thrilled to see so many of you out and around Main to celebrate Independence Day with us! It was so fun to meet all the groups who participated, and we have to say—we have a very special affection for the dancing horses. They really are something else, aren’t they?
As our summer heats up, we’re looking forward to the robust lineup of activities we have planned in Downtown Edmonds. Grab a Scavenger Hunt form to take a trip through summer and time (we partnered with the Edmonds Historical Museum again to create them!), and get your tickets early for Taste Edmonds. Test your auto knowledge—or your dad’s or your uncle’s—at the 21st annual Edmonds Classic Car & Moto Show. Better yet, show off the classics living in your garage! We are a talented, hobby-rich city, and many of the things we love to do and see will be on full display this summer. Get more details here.
While many downtown businesses were closed on the 4th to enjoy the festivities alongside all of you, most are open for all others, including the Summer Market on Saturdays and Art Walk every third Thursday. We spoke to a few about how our Downtown Edmonds summer events are bringing more people through their doors.
Liz Le from Anchor Chic Consignment said, “It’s heart-warming to be part of an area that encourages the local community to get out and enjoy the atmosphere and charm of Downtown Edmonds. We love when people wander by while an event is going on and when new people learn about us.”
Kenzie Boaz, Kitchen Manager at the Red Twig Bakey Café right down the block from Anchor Chic, echoed Liz’s sentiment, adding, “We love seeing new faces come in, especially carrying fresh flowers from the Saturday Market. We have a lot of regulars and always enjoy meeting new people! And it certainly helps when the sun is out.”
On a related note, you may have noticed more pups trotting around the Summer Market this year. After they sniff out some produce and treats with their families, they can take a load off at the Dusted Valley tasting room a few blocks down from the market. Brandon Sturm, Tasting Room Lead, told us the Walla Walla-based winery’s airy space has seen more walking and biking traffic in the past several weeks since summer began. And if you spot pups on the patio? That’s by design. Dusted Valley is dog-friendly outside, and many people wander in as they’re “going to and from the ferry,” he said. So, make it part of your weekly ritual to scope out the market and treat yourself to a taste of fermented fruit (if that’s your jam, of course—pun intended) on the way home. You’re almost guaranteed a pup to pet along the way. If we’ve noticed anything about Edmonds, it’s that all the dogs around town are extremely pettable.
Just across the street from Dusted Valley at Soaring Heart, which opened in Edmonds last year (it’s headquartered in Ballard, just thirty minutes down the road, including its production facility), President Mike Schaefer nodded to the increased ferry traffic as well. “The diversity of people coming into the shop has been impressive,” he noted. “We have people visiting us in their trailers after camping in Port Townsend. We had people from Yakima come in and thank us for the cooler weather,” he laughed. “Customers are ecstatic that we’re here.”
Okay, we’ve again given you a lot to work with this summer, and you know we always have even more fun when we get to meet your loved ones. Mark your calendars, send out the group texts about the events you want to share with your crew, and we’ll see you back in Downtown Edmonds soon!
By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert