Sorticulture Preview – A Bigger Soritculture Returns To Downtown Everett June 10th – 12th

The City of Everett’s annual Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival returns to downtown Everett June 10-12. The festival opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. It is free to attend.

Sorticulture, the annual Garden Arts Festival that for years had been at Legion Park in north Everett, Washington will again be in downtown Everett this year covering more space and according to the City of Everett, bringing in 150 vendors. The event will stretch along Colby between Everett and Pacific Avenues and Hewitt between Hoyt and Wetmore. (A map is being developed and we’ll post it and a link once it has been released).

This is the 24th year for Sorticulture. The event was not held in 2020 due to the Pandemic and last year it was held in downtown to allow more room for both artists and attendees to spread out and social distance. The decision to return to downtown Everett instead of moving back to Legion Park has been controversial and Tyler Chism, Placemaking Manager in the City of Everett’s Economic Development department explained the reasons for the change in an email to MyEverettNews.com.

No need to take a shuttle:
This makes it SO much easier for folks to come to the event. Downtown has ample parking, most of which is free on Saturday and Sunday. We have a very simple package pick up where folks can drive up to directly. Vendors saw record sales last year because people didn’t need to lug heavy items back on the bus. This saves city transit resources, too.
Support for downtown businesses
As the city’s economic development department, we need to do everything we can to bring a critical mass of people downtown to support businesses and maintain its cultural vitality. Several downtown businesses last year told us they had their highest sales day ever.
ADA access
The level pavement is ideal for folks in wheelchairs and people with canes. Last year we had many people come up and say (this is a paraphrase) “this is my first time coming to Sorticulture. I could not come in the past because I can’t move across mushy grass.” Once we heard from the ADA community, we couldn’t turn back and go to Legion and honor our equity principles.

Here’s more about this year’s event from the City and each Friday leading up to Sorticulture MyEverettNews.com will bring you a preview of some of the artists, speakers and things to expect this year.

The City of Everett’s annual Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival returns to downtown Everett June 10-12. The festival opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

“Sorticulture is one of our most unique and beloved city events, bringing together such an amazing collection of local artists, nurseries and other vendors, in the heart of downtown Everett,” said Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin.

This year’s festival will feature 150 local artists, plant nurseries and vendors selling handcrafted art, plants, flowers and locally made outdoor products. Guests can also enjoy live music, snack vendors and a beer and wine garden. Plant and gardening experts like Ciscoe Morris and others will host workshops on the Sunnyside Garden stage to answer gardeners’ toughest questions.

Sorticulture moved to the new downtown location in 2021 to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. Due to overwhelming positive feedback from vendors, visitors and the community about parking, accessibility and proximity to amenities, the event will return to Colby Avenue between Everett and Pacific and Hewitt Avenue between Hoyt and Wetmore.

Parking is free downtown on weekends. Attendees are encouraged to park at Everpark Garage, just two blocks from the event. Guests may also take Everett Transit or ride their bike and park it at a secured valet bicycle corral staffed by Sharing Wheels.

Learn more about Sorticulture and the participating artists and vendors at visiteverett.com/sorticulture.



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