Every year in early to mid September, The Puget Sound Bird Fest of Edmonds is proudly presented by our sponsors, employees of the City of Edmonds, and many local volunteers. It is a great opportunity to mingle with fellow birding enthusiasts, fine wildlife photographers and artists, and environmentalists.
Admission is free
General admission is free but some activities require a small fee. The schedule for our next upcoming event usually becomes available in July. For certain field trips, advance registration is required. All registrations are made through Edmonds Parks & Recreation Department.
Activities For All Ages
Although the program varies from year to year, festival attendees can expect their favorite activities will be regularly offered, including presentations by expert birders, guided bird walks, visits to local natural habitats, live raptor presentations, and special activities for kids. Our Puget Sound Birding Cruise, hosted by the Edmonds Yacht Club, is a perennial favorite and fills up fast, so register early! Registration begins in early August.
The gathering place for our festival is the Frances Anderson Center (FAC), 700 Main Street, Edmonds, WA. Here is where you’ll find our registration table, many special exhibits, and fun activities for kids. Please always visit the registration table before attending any speaker presentations on Saturday (any last-minute changes will be listed there).
Opening Program Friday night
Next door to FAC, at 650 Main Street, is the Edmonds Plaza Room where, on the Friday evening of our event, the Opening Program is held and the keynote speaker is introduced. In the past we have had many fine keynote speakers, including distinguished professors, and well-known artists, photographers, and authors.
Edmonds Welcomes Birders From Everywhere
Picturesque Edmonds is distinctive for a rich array of shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bistros that cater to arts and festivals. Many eateries located in the center of town and along the beachfront are all within walking distance of our festival venue. Within driving distance, more dining experiences are offered in Edmonds' neighborhoods of Firdale Village, Five Corners, Perrinville, and Westgate, and in Edmonds' International District along Highway 99. Parking is free on Edmonds’ streets and in public parking lots but some in downtown have a three-hour limit. The Bird Fest is eagerly anticipated by Edmonds' locals, so you can expect to see bonus activities and entertainments around town, with some listed on our event map.