Sublime Summer in Edmonds, Part Two
Summer has arrived in the PNW and it sure is glorious! We are back with part two of all the activities happening in downtown Edmonds to get you out and making the most of this time of year.
Strolling through the downtown Edmonds streets and popping in to “Sip Stops” to sample wine from select Washington wineries on a summer evening sounds like a great way to spend a summer evening.
The second Wine Walk of the summer takes place on Saturday, August 4th from 5-8PM. Sponsored by the folks at Art Walk Edmonds, proceeds go toward supporting the monthly Edmonds Art Walks and other arts-related events in our city.
Last year’s wine walks both sold out (and the first one this summer sold out) bringing in around 400 participants, some from as far away as 50 miles. Attendees shopped as they sipped while making their way through beautiful downtown Edmonds.
Tickets are available online here (hint: buy soon!). Each ticket comes with 10 tokens each good for one-ounce pours. Maps to all the Sip Stops, along with wristbands and tokens will be handed out starting at 4:45pm at Coldwell Banker Bain.
A bonus is that with any bottles purchased you can take them with you to dinner! Local restaurants Chanterelle, Epulo Bistro, Girardi’s Osteria, Salt & Iron and 190 Sunset will waive their normal corkage fees for bottles purchased during Wine Walk on the evening of the event.
A favorite staple of summer in Edmonds is back with the free summer concert series. A delight for listeners of all ages, concerts take place at City Park on Sundays at 3pm and Hazel Miller Plaza at noon on Tuesdays and at 5pm on Thursdays.
We spoke with concert coordinator, Erin Arguelles who shared, “My favorite part of being the concert coordinator is listening to all the submissions from the extremely talented individuals and groups that would like to perform at the City Park or Hazel Miller Plaza.”
With several businesses surrounding Hazel Miller Plaza, join many locals who combine getting a mani/pedi at Milltown Nails or nosh on a cheese plate from The Cheesemonger’s Table while taking in a concert.
For a complete list of all the upcoming concerts, visit the Edmonds Arts Commission web page.
Our beaches are one of the treasures in Edmonds but do you know your sea life or how seagulls crack shells for a snack? You can learn this and more with the free beach walks led by Ranger Naturalists.
And while kids certainly enjoy this educational activity, it appeals to all ages. Brandi Stockdale of Edmonds told us, “I used take my son to the beach walks when he was little to explore the tide pools and learn about sea life. Now that he’s older, my husband and I go alone as part of a date and then grab a bite at one of the places on the waterfront afterward.”
The hour-long beach walks take place on Saturday, July 28th at 11:30am and August 13th at noon.
For a different experience, a Moonlight Beach Adventure is happening on August 25th from 7:30-9:30pm.
Join Ranger Naturalists and Volunteer Beach Docents for this evening program that features touch tanks filled with marine life brought up from the deep by volunteer scuba divers from the Marker Buoy Dive Club. They also be running a live underwater video feed so you can check out all the action from down below, too!
All events are free to the public and don’t require prior registration. For more details, visit the City of Edmonds website.
One of the highlights of every summer occurs when Civic Field gets transformed into Taste Edmonds, the three-day festival of food, music, shopping, and all kinds of entertainment. This year’s shindig takes place August 10-12th.
Voted one of the “Top 100 North American Festivals”, Taste Edmonds draws over 40,000 people to experience our town each year.
“I grew up in Edmonds and, while I no longer live there, so many of my childhood friends are still in the area. I block the second weekend of August on my calendar each year so I can attend what’s considered the yearly unofficial high school reunion!” Karin Young told us.
There are many changes in the works for this year’s event, including a new layout, smaller “tastes” of food from each vendor, and a lower general admission fee ($3 per person, children under 12 are free). One of the most highly anticipated changes are the free bouncy houses in the Kids Zone sponsored by many of our downtown Edmonds businesses.
You can pick up your unlimited ride wristbands prior to Taste Edmonds at several locations, including Rogue, Walnut Street Coffee, Cline Jewelers, Comstock Jewelers, The Wooden Spoon, Edmonds Bookshop, C’est La Vie, Edmonds Vision Center, The MarKet Fishmonger & Eatery, Reliable Floor Coverings, Insurance Services Group, and Glazed & Amazed.
For the full lineup of everything happening at this year’s Taste Edmonds, visit the Taste Edmonds website.
Classic Car Show
Even though school is back in session, summer in Edmonds doesn’t come to a close until the annual Edmonds Classic Car & Motorcycle Show.
The downtown streets transform into an oasis of over 325+ classic vehicles that draws over 10,000 attendees. Along with all of the cars and motorcycles, the event features music, food (including a free pancake breakfast), Pinewood Derby races for the kids, and a free screening of the Seahawks game at the Edmonds Theater.
Put on by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, 2018 marks the 18th year of this free community event. For all of the details, check out the Classic Car Show web page.
Visit www.edmondsdowntown.org for a calendar of upcoming local events and listings of all of our great downtown Edmonds businesses.
By Kelsey Foster