The Edmonds Waterfront Festival packs the kind of fun that makes you want to say, “Hey summer, come on. Bring it!”
The festival has dance and swing music, a reptile show, free fishing, a giant slide, a bungee trampoline and outrageous yachts to help you pretend you’re a millionaire.
You don’t have to be rich to get to the Edmonds Waterfront Festival; there is a free shuttle bus service from downtown Edmonds and admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
The festival goes from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. . Sunday at the Port of Edmonds Marina, 358 Admiral Way, Edmonds. For more information go to www.edmondswaterfrontfestival.com.
This is the 26th year for this annual festival hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonds.
Main stage entertainment this “year includes dance band Magic Bus, The Beatniks, Bullet Creek, the big band Swinging Sounds of Courage. Family entertainers include Irish dance and music group, The Gothard Sisters, the Reptile Isle reptile show and Hula O Lehualani that brings south Pacific music and dance tunes.
The Music at the Pier series also kicks off with the festival and features live jazz at the Pier starting at noon Saturday and Sunday.
The Willow Creek Fish Hatchery provides free fishing for kids 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The kids’ arcade is another spot for kids to let loose on inflatable rides, a rock climbing wall, the bungee trampoline, the paintball gallery and the giant slide. There’s also carnival games and face painting. Kids can make their own crafts at the Home Depot Kids Tile Art project.
For adults there are arts and crafts to view such as glass art, pottery, paintings, jewelry and clothing.
Classic yachts are part of the festival fun and families can stroll the docks and admire some of the 20 on display, some built as early as 1928 and some up to 73 feet long. You can meet the owners and tour the boats.
Hungry yet? The festival’s food row has treats from more than 15 food booths so whether you are craving crepes or Jonesing for a gyro, your needs will be met.