Edmonds retains the character of the early part of the century, but with a contemporary edge.
On the waterfront, shingle mills which boomed at the turn of the century have given way to a scenic jetty and waterfront walkway. Where coastal steamers once took on their cargoes of freshly-cut timber, Edmonds’ beaches are now designated marine sanctuaries and scuba divers from all over the nation come to explore the underwater dive park at Brackett’s Landing. Today’s waterfront includes four beautiful beachfront parks, a popular 900 foot fishing pier, an award winning marina, and restaurants and cafes with spectacular views.
Accented by art, flowers, and vintage street lamps, the pedestrian-friendly downtown reflects the scale and design elements of the past with the former Carnegie Library Historical Museum, a log cabin Visitor Center, a 1920’s Art Deco movie theater and the Art Moderne auditorium renovated as Edmonds Center for the Arts. Fanning out from the central fountain, enjoy sidewalk cafes, art galleries, and shopping for boutique clothing, garden supplies, hardware and unique housewares. Browse through travel specialty shops, and one of a kind jewelry, wine, book and antique stores while exploring the downtown.
Festivals and events fill the calendar all year round in Edmonds, including a popular Saturday Summer Market, Waterfront Festival, 4th of July Parade, Taste of Edmonds, Classic Car Show, and Jazz Festival. June brings the Edmonds Arts Festival, celebrated as one of the oldest, largest, and most successful juried arts festivals in the state. In July and August the Edmonds Arts Commission presents free concerts at City Park on Sunday afternoons and in October hosts the Write on the Sound writers’ conference.