Each year, communities in Snohomish County, Washington, 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 festivals and events, listed in chronological order.
Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival (February)
Late winter brings migrating bald eagles to Western Washington, and many stop to rest and feed along the Stillaguamish River. This annual occasion brings nature lovers together to enjoy eagle-watching, photography, paddling, and a variety of other workshops and activities.
Snohomish Wine Festival (March)
Get ready to tip a few glasses at the annual Snohomish Wine Festival, held every March. Buy your ticket for one of two tasting sessions, during the afternoon and early evening. Stop by the Food Truck Court for some snacks so you won't be drinking on an empty stomach. Tickets include five wine-tasting tickets, a food voucher, a commemorative glass, and 10 percent off if you buy six bottles or more of wine.
Edmonds Art Festival (June)
This long-running festival features the work of regional artists and craftspeople, some showcased in juried galleries, along with artists from across the United States and Canada. Like any good festival, it not only offers well over 200 arts and crafts booths but also lots of food and live entertainment in a scenic location overlooking Puget Sound. The Edmonds Arts Festival is held at the Frances Anderson Center in downtown Edmonds every spring (June 15-17 in 2018).
The kids really shine at this Marysville community event held in June that includes a royalty scholarship pageant, talent show, and two different parades. The Berry Run 5K, live music, and performances are other highlights. Of course, you'll get plenty of opportunities to gorge on 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 in July. A parade and a street fair are the highlights, joined by fun contests, a car show, fun run, and carnival.
Darrington Bluegrass Festival (July)
Bluegrass musicians from around the region perform at this outdoor music festival held in a gorgeous mountain location. If you like primitive camping, you can make a weekend of this fest, which promises good food and plenty of jammin' in July.
Stanwood-Camano Community Fair (August)
On the charming rural edge of Snohomish County, Stanwood hosts this wonderful harvest celebration every August. The fair includes a long list of fun: a parade, country fair contests and exhibits, a carnival, and plenty of live entertainment. It's the largest community fair in Washington State.
Taste of Edmonds (August)
Sample the best food that Edmonds has to offer — past years have served exotic fares like python jerky and chocolate olive oil. Between snacks, explore the fair's arts and crafts booths, try your hand at carnival games, or enjoy live music outdoors.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival (September)
Held in and around the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park on the shores of Puget Sound, this late summer celebration (usually in September) includes a long list of festivities. Fireworks, a parade, arts and crafts booths, children's activities, a fun run, and live entertainment are all on the festival schedule.
Everett Sausage Fest (September/October)
This family-friendly Oktoberfest, held in late September and early October, features a Bavarian Dinner Haus — where you'll find the sausage — and a Bavarian Beer Garden (naturally). The Bavarian Beer Garden sells both wine and beer, so you're not committed to giant steins of beer. You'll also find arts and crafts booths, international food booths, local performers, kids games, and carnival rides.