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Festival season starts at the Port of Edmonds


Last updated 5/25/2018 at Noon

If you want to catch the popular rock band Beatniks in Edmonds this year, your chance comes with the 31st Edmonds Waterfront Festival at the Port of Edmonds June 1-3. The band will not perform at Taste Edmonds (formerly A Taste of Edmonds) this year, Taste organizers announced a few months ago.

But no Seafair Pirates. They will not be on hand this year.

But there will be plenty of other listening/shopping/activities at the event, which kicks off the Edmonds festival season.

The festival is a major fundraiser for the Rotary Club, with proceeds supporting Rotary programs and services, locally and internationally. Examples of this support include college scholarships for local youth, support for YWCA transitional housing for women and their children, Boy Scouts, literacy, housing and international water projects.

Here are some of the attractions:

Main stage: In addition to the Beatniks, music will be provided by the Afrodisiacs, Michelle Taylor and Dana Osborn bands, ’80s band Nite Wave and many others. The music is in the beer and wine garden.

Food row: More than 15 food booths will have everything from bratwurst to bagels, and ice cream to crepes. Included are Mac & Cheese WHAAAAT?!, Euro Gyro, and Garlic Shrimp Yammy.

Arts and crafts: Glass art, pottery, paintings, jewelry, clothing, and more will be displayed and on sale.

Kids arcade: Includes carnival games, face painting, a rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, paintball gallery and more.

Fin the Giant Salmon: Fin has migrated throughout Washington and is once again coming to the Waterfront Festival. She is a 25-foot fiberglass Salmon built in 1988 by Chimacum and Port Townsend artists. Inside Fin’s mouth is a hand-painted mural of a watershed that can teach kids about the water cycle, nutrient cycle and salmon life cycle. Go ahead, stick your head in there.

Students Saving Salmon: Edmonds-Woodway High students concerned about the environment, especially salmon and their habitat, formed the club to learn more about Edmonds watersheds, with the goal of making local environment better for people and salmon.

Students have conducted a citizen-science project since 2015 to monitor water quality and habitat in several Edmonds streams and the Edmonds marsh each month to determine the condition of these waters and if it may affect aquatic life and salmon. Students report the results of their field studies to the Edmonds City Council and community organizations.

More recently, the students have expanded their salmon stewardship efforts to enhance salmon populations in Shell Creek by restoring stream habitat, identifying fish passage problems, and raising juvenile coho salmon for release into the creek to bolster the population.

Classic Yacht Display: Sponsored by Pacific Northwest Classic Yacht Association, the display will be in the water all weekend long. Yachts are up to 90 years old and up to 73-feet long. You can meet the owners and take tours. The display will showcase several mahogany boats trailered on the festival grounds. More information:

Hydroplanes: You can get your picture taken with some of the fastest boats on water, many of which race at Seafair and Tri Cities.

Willow Creek Hatchery: The hatchery will offer free fishing for kids 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is hosted by Edmonds Laebugten Salmon Chapter, and has become a traditional favorite attraction. The hatchery is at 95 Pine St.

Music at the Pier – Sea Jazz: This is the fifth year in conjunction with the Edmonds Rotary Club Waterfront Festival. You can listen to these award-winning musicians from the Edmonds School District at 3 p.m. on the family stage.

Throughout the rest of the weekend, they will be performing in the Port of Edmonds Public Plaza 5-7 p.m. June 1 and 1-3 p.m. June 2 and June 3.

Going Green: The Boy Scout troops of Mount Baker Council will monitor the trash for the grounds of the festival and the Waste Warriors of the Sustainable Community Stewards of the WSU Snohomish County Extension will educate about recycling and food-cycling.

Last year 1,000 pounds of organic waste was diverted from the landfill through the public’s efforts. The Edmonds Waterfront Festival was the first festival to bring in volunteer waste educators in Snohomish County through this program.

5K Fun Run June 2 at Civic Field in Edmonds: Registration is now available online. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the race, with the start time set at 9 a.m The $25 fee includes a T-shirt. All proceeds go to Washington Kids in Transition, a nonprofit organization that feeds homeless children. Register at

Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival

Where: Port of Edmonds Marina, 358 Admiral Way, Edmonds

When: June 1-3. 3-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

Admission: $4; children 12 and under free


Shuttle: Shuttle service is offered. Riders will be dropped off at the festival’s front gate. Go to to see schedule for locations.


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