Each year, Snohomish County communities host festivals and special events for all kinds of reasons. Snohomish County, located north of Seattle, includes the cities of Everett, Marysville, Edmonds, and Snohomish. Here are some of the most popular:
Arlington-Stillaquamish Eagle Festival (February)
Late winter brings migrating bald eagles to Western Washington, many stopping to rest and feed along the Stillaquamish River.
This annual occasion brings nature lovers together to enjoy eagle-watching, photography, paddling, and a variety of other workshops and activities.
Edmonds Arts Festival (May)
This long-running festival features the work of local artists and craftspeople, some showcased in juried galleries. Like any good festival, it not only offers well over 200 arts and crafts booths but lots of food and live entertainment. The Edmonds Arts Festival is held at the Frances Anderson Center in downtown Edmonds.
Marysville Strawberry Festival (June)
The kids really shine at this Marysville community event that includes a royalty scholarship pageant, talent show, and two different parades. The Berry Run 5K and live music and performances are other highlights. Of course, you'll get plenty of opportunity to purchase strawberries and strawberry treats.
Kla Ha Ya Days in Snohomish (July)
The charming riverside town of Snohomish hosts this Seafair-sanctioned community festival every year.
A parade and a street fair are the highlights, joined by fun contests, a car show, a fun run, and a carnival.
Darrington Blue Grass Festival (July)
Blue grass musicians from around the region perform at this outdoor music festival held in a gorgeous mountain location.
Stanwood-Camano Community Fair (August)
On the charming rural edge of Snohomish County, Stanwood hosts this wonderful harvest celebration that includes a long list of fun: a parade, country fair contests and exhibits, a carnival, participatory contests, and lots of live entertainment.
A Taste of Edmonds (August)
You'll find foods, lots of food, at this Edmonds community festival that also includes a whole lot of arts and crafts and vendor booths, carnival rides, and live entertainment.
Evergreen State Fair in Monroe (late August through Labor Day)
This popular country fair has it all - farm animals, fabulous foods, commercial exhibits, carnival rides, and games booths. And it comes a couple weeks before the huge Washington State Fair in Puyallup, providing a country fair option for those who just can't wait.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival (September)
Held in and around the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park on the shores of Puget Sound, this late summer celebration includes a long list of fun stuff. Fireworks, a parade, arts and crafts booths, children's activities, a fun run, and lots of live entertainment are all on the festival schedule.
Everett Sausage Festival (October)
This family-friendly Oktoberfest event features a Bavarian Dinner Haus and a Bavarian Beer Garden along with arts and crafts booths, international food booths, local performers, kids games,and carnival rides.
To find out more about events and festivals of all sizes, check out the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau's event calendar.