Edmonds is an affluent but relaxed bedroom community about fifteen miles north of Seattle, just over the Snohomish County border. It is bordered to the west by I-5 and slopes down eastward to a charming downtown and waterfront on Puget Sound. It’s about a 25-minute drive from downtown (barring traffic), and is serviced by Community Transit express busses and Greyhound’s Dungeness Line from downtown. Edmonds has a port for the Washington State Ferry system, and is the point of departure for a run to Kingston, WA. Edmonds is served by the Edmonds School District and Edmonds Community College.
In addition to a host of traditional green space parks, Edmonds is home to OLAE (Off-Leash Area Edmonds Dog Park), a skate park, and the Edmonds Underwater Park, which is a diving site where scuba divers may encounter shipwrecks, octopi, giant cod and grey whales.
Every Memorial Day the Edmonds Rotary sponsors the Edmonds Jazz Connection festival, a big draw for both local and other audiences. The event consists of a day and evening program, with the day program featuring select high school-age groups, and the evening program spotlights well-known professional acts. Since 1957, Edmonds has annually hosted the Edmonds Arts Festival, a three-day art exhibit, on Father’s Day weekend.
The Edmonds Summer Market is held each Saturday from May to September. Stretching along 5th Street from City Hall to the gazebo/fountain, the Summer Market is a large event attracting up to 2,000 people every Saturday. The Market offers fresh produce, flowers, plants, processed foods, personally created crafts and original art, all of which is handmade or homegrown in Washington. On Saturdays in May and June the Edmonds Museum holds a garden Market that sells bedding plants, early vegetables, and garden art to area gardeners.