Festival Program |

The Bird Fest Planning Committee is hard at work planning the 2020 Bird Fest. Please check back June 15 for the 2020 Program.

Download the full 2019 Bird Fest program here.


Program Overview

Every year in early to mid September, The Puget Sound Bird Fest of Edmonds is proudly presented by our sponsors, 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 and/or advance registration. All registrations are made through Edmonds Parks & Recreation Department online registration system. The schedule for our next upcoming event usually becomes available in mid July; registration opens August 1. 

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. 

Festival Venue
The gathering place for our festival on Saturday is the Frances Anderson Center (FAC), 700 Main Street, Edmonds, WA. Here is where you’ll find our Bird Fest sign-in table, exhibits, speakers, and fun activities for kids. Field-based activities are held on Saturday and Sunday in parks in and around Edmonds. Note that the FAC is closed on Sunday, and only field-based activies are available for festival participants.

Keynote Program Friday night
Next door to FAC, at 650 Main Street, is the Edmonds Plaza Room where the Opening Program is held. In the past we have had many fine keynote speakers, including distinguished professors, and well-known artists, photographers, and authors. Please note that although the keynote event is free, pre-registration is now required to avoid exceeding room capacity.

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.


Link up with the City of Edmonds

You can easily find complete tourist information about lodging, dining and shopping in Edmonds just by browsing Visitedmonds.com.

Steering Committee

The Puget Sound Bird Fest Steering Committee is composed of the following members of the community and City of Edmonds staff:

Cindi Cruz - City of Edmonds, Community Services & Economic Development
Jennifer Leach - Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator, City of Edmonds
Susie Schaefer - Program Chair, Pilchuck Audubon Society

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