Summertime Happenings in everett
Come explore Everett, Washington - a seaside city with a small-town feel that’s brimming with adventure. Just 25 miles north of Seattle and nestled between the sparkling Puget Sound and gorgeous Cascade Mountains, Everett offers adventure in every direction. Everett is the place to be this summer with exciting festivals, its walkable downtown, a gorgeous 2-mile stretch of warm, sandy beach and acres of wooded trails. Adventure waits around every corner here; families, nature lovers and foodies alike will find Everett has a little something for everyone. No matter what you are looking for, you’ll find smiles for miles.
Summer is the perfect time to visit Everett when you can catch some incredible events and festivals that are fun for the whole family. Kick off the season and celebrate the best parts of Pacific Northwest outdoor living at Sorticulture, the premier festival for garden art, local plants and flowers and handmade outdoor products held the second weekend in June.
Join the party on the Fourth of July with live music, great food, a beer garden and more, all leading up to the killer fireworks show over the bay. And save the dates: On July 9 and 10 downtown Everett will be transformed with hundreds of basketball courts for an all-new 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
In August, you won’t want to miss the Everett Food Truck Festival and Upper Left BeerFest where you can sip, savor and shop. Also in August is Fresh Paint – a high-end art show where you can not only browse beautiful works of art from local artists, but you’ll actually see artists at work and can take a piece home fresh off the easel.
But no matter when you visit, Everett’s historic and walkable downtown is the perfect place to start your adventures. Wander the tree- and art-lined streets to discover something new at the many unique shops filled with one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts and keepsakes. Or head to Funko, maker of the famous Funko Pop! figurines. Their Everett HQ store is equal parts Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory/Disneyland-without-the-rides where you’ll find giant replicas of Funko Pops. Larger-than-life Hagrid from Harry Potter, Frozen’s Elsa and Luke Skywalker make for a great photo op for kiddos and kiddos at heart.
On Sundays in May through October, local farmers, makers and artisans line downtown streets offering their finest and delicious creations at the Everett Farmers Market. Browse, shop and taste and don’t forget to grab some goodies for a picnic.
After your tour of downtown, you can walk within a two-block radius to great coffee and delicious bites and brews. Craft beer lovers will love the selection of local bars and breweries where you can have a drink and unwind.
Intertwined into the excitement of city living are Everett’s scenic parks and trails. Experience the tranquility of nature alongside stunning views of the riverfront, the Puget Sound and Washington’s iconic greenery and wildlife. Head to the wooded trails at the Japanese Gulch and Forest Park to discover the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Spend an afternoon strolling the trails as you take in the beautiful views, relaxing in the shade of the woods and watching the wildlife around you. Check out Grand Avenue Park for amazing views of Port Gardner Bay and a pedestrian bridge down to the waterfront, or head to Howarth Park for a beachside picnic. Whether you are traveling alone, with friends and family or brought along your pup, there is a trail waiting for you.
If island life is more your flavor, you can dip your toes in the sand and breathe in the fresh, salty breeze of the Puget Sound at Jetty Island. Just a short ferry ride or paddle away is the human-made, 2-mile stretch of sandy beach used as a ‘breakwater’ for the Everett Marina. The warm, shallow waters are perfect for a refreshing summer dip; spread a blanket and pack some delicious local eats for an idyllic waterside picnic; or spread out in the sun and get your tan on as you watch kiteboarders and kayakers drift by.
After a sun-filled day at the Jetty, head back to the mainland to explore Everett’s exceptional craft beverage and restaurant scene. Whether you’re looking for comfort food that hits the spot or have been craving a refreshing cocktail with a view, Everett has you covered. Cool down inside or soak up some extra sun with a waterfront breeze as you enjoy the local flavors of Everett.
There is a restaurant for anything you’re craving after a long day of adventure; from surf and turf on a patio to fresh-out-of-the-oven New York style pizza. For a sunset view to remember, check out the many delicious spots on the waterfront or get your meal to-go and eat at one of Everett’s parks. And don’t forget to pair your meal with a uniquely Everett craft beer or cocktail with fresh ingredients and seasonal flavors.