Edmonds Center for th
In 1939, the city of Edmonds completed construction on its high school's first auditorium. Nearly 67 years later, that renovated auditorium now houses the Edmonds Center for the Arts, a pristine facility in which top-notch musical, dance, and live theater performances as well as public art programs and community events are held year-round. Edmonds' musical theater and choral troupe, the Sno-King Community Chorale, and the Olympic Ballet and Cascade Symphony Orchestra all regularly grace the stage at the center. Rotating visual arts exhibits may be viewed in the center's galleries, and children's arts programs are among the regularly scheduled events.
Canadian-born George Brackett, founder and first mayor of the town, was a logger and miller who cut his teeth in the backwoods of Maine before settling along the Puget Sound around 1870. Brackett's vision of a logging and mill town in the area began when the city of Edmonds was incorporated in 1890. The Edmonds Historical Museum, which is located in the old Carnegie Library building, is ideal to discover the history of South-Snohomish County and Edmonds. A historic walking tour map can also be obtained from the museum, which highlights 20 sites of historical interest throughout the city.
Puget Sound Bird Fest
Named one of the best annual events in the Seattle area, the Puget Sound Bird Fest attracts birders the world over each September. The three-day event celebrates the Puget Sound ecosystem, including the astounding variety of birds that pass through the area during seasonal migrations as well as those that make the Sound is their year-round home. Hosted by the Edmonds' Parks and Recreation Department, the Bird Fest includes field excursions and guided birding session by land and sea. Festival events include exhibitions and events for young and old, who hear talks from conservationists, wildlife biologists, and birding enthusiasts.