It’s Fall Y’all in Downtown Edmonds
The air has a certain crispness and the leaves are turning brilliant colors which means fall has arrived! This brings lots of activities and ways to enjoy the season to downtown Edmonds, grab your ghoul-friends and c’mon out!
Annual Scarecrow Festival
Drive around town this time of year and you will see some fun new friends showing up.
Each year dozens of businesses, organizations, and residents take part in the Edmonds Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Museum.
People travel from all over South Snohomish County to check out the scarecrows that stretch beyond just the downtown core.
Many of our downtown businesses already have their scarecrows proudly on display. We have seen The Real Housewitches of Edmonds at Coldwell Banker Bain, Dr. Salvador Fauci at ARTspot, and a lovely Cruella at Café Louvre so far.
Competition is fierce each year – past winners have included Rogue, Walnut Street, Taki Tiki, and Wilcox Construction. Who will take top honors this year? That’s up to you!
Take time between now and November 1st to stroll the streets and appreciate all the creativity!
Registration is free and is open until October 17th. Make sure to visit the website or stop by the museum between October 18th and November 1st to cast your vote for your favorite entry in each category. To check out the winners from 2020, check out photos on their Facebook page.
Autumn in Your Tum
With temps taking a dip, it’s a great time to sample comfort food and beverages.
Nothing says comfort like soup! Edmonds has a bounty of great options to warm you right up. Chanterelle is nearly famous for their delicious tomato bisque that is hearty and features notes of basil. It pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese or is great on it’s own in a bowl. If tortilla soup is your jam, you are in luck with three great options in downtown at Santa Fe, Las Brisas, and Kahlo’s Cantina.
Some people equate fall with beer and our local brewery Salish Sea Brewing Company has you covered with their seasonal offering called Festbier. This is a tip of the hat to Oktoberfest, “Brewed to portray traditional wiesn bier-the only beer served in the Oktoberfest tents in Munich” according to their Facebook page. Stop by to check out their entire selection of craft beers proudly brewed right here in Edmonds.
Looking for great coffee and brunch this season? Then get yourself to Red Twig! Not only to they roast their own beans for delicious coffee beverages, they also serve up great brunch offerings every day like scrambles, crepes, and huevos rancheros. Plus they have a yummy selection of baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth!
The Edmonds Chamber is sponsoring several Halloween celebrations including a week-long trick or treat event, a pumpkin carving contest, and a virtual costume contest again this year.
Rather than a 2-hour event drawing large crowds in a short time period, the Chamber has opted to spread out the trick or treating fun over the course of several days running from Tuesday, October 26th through Sunday, October 31st. The list of participating businesses will be posted at EdmondsHalloween.com so stay tuned!
On October 23rd, try your hand at carving your best pumpkin down at the Edmonds Waterfront Center starting at 11am. Judging begins at 1pm with awards being handed out at 1:30pm. All ages are welcome and they are asking for a $6 donation.
Entries are open for the virtual costume contest! Categories include something for everyone—groups, children of all ages (including grown ups), pets, and heroes. Registration is free and winners will received Edmonds Cash—gift certificates to local businesses! Entries are open until November 1st.
For a complete list of everything happening in Edmonds along with all of our great restaurants, stores, and businesses, make sure to visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.
By Kelsey Foster
Photos by Matt Hulbert