Downtown Mount Vernon


Welcome to Downtown
Mount Vernon

Downtown Mount Vernon is one of those gems you don’t see so often anymore. The city was established in 1889 and is the hub of Skagit County. In the downtown core, you’ll find charming old buildings with a few newer ones mixed in. Mount Vernon is part of the National Trust Main Street Program. This status helps the downtown enhance and maintain its unique charm.

You’ll find all kinds of shopping, restaurants and service businesses in downtown Mount Vernon. The variety of shops and dining will suit just about everyone.

Help Keep Your Neighbors working! We encourage you to shop and dine locally!!

Help Downtown with your B&O Tax

Click here to learn how B&O (Business & Occupation) tax helps the Mount Vernon Downtown Association Main Street Program.

Upcoming Events

    Tulip Festival Street Fair 2014

Mount Vernon Downtown Association Presents:
30th Annual Tulip Festival Street Fair
April 25 - 27, 2014
Friday & Saturday, 10 am-6 pm, Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
South 1st Street, Downtown Mount Vernon

There will be free parking & shuttle service available for the upcoming Tulip Festival Street Fair in Mt. Vernon, on the west side of Mt. Vernon, at north Edgewater Park, and South Mt. Vernon Park and Ride located on Highway 99 South at the intersection of Hickox Road. The South Mt. Vernon Park and Ride is most easily accessible via I-5 exits 221 or 225. Follow Highway 99 on the west side of the freeway, and you will find the Park and Ride.

Stroll among hundreds of new and returning Arts & Crafts Vendors for the best art, photography, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food stuffs, unique gifts, delicious food court offerings, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Make it a family tradition to meet at the Tulip Festival Street Fair! For more information, email, or call (360) 336-3801. 


            First Thursday Art Walk Lavone Newell-ReimMount Vernon Downtown First Thursday Art Walk
May 1, 2014, 5 – 8 pm
The Mount Vernon Downtown Association is pleased to present the next First Thursday Art Walk on May 1, 2014,
5 – 8 pm. First Thursday Art Walks are part of the Skagit Valley Art Escape experience of art activities in the  communities of Anacortes, Edison, La Conner, and Mount Vernon. Visitors and locals alike will be delighted with gallery art walks, music performances, and artist demonstrations encompassing a broad range of media.
Poster artists for the May 1, Art Walk are Lavone Newell-Reim, showing at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle, and Cathy Schoenberg, whose painted panels will be installed in the “Alley Gallery”, north of Pine Square. Lavone recently returned from a successful exhibit of her work in New York, and has been a member of the Skagit Valley artist community for fifty years. For seventeen years, she co-hosted the Skagit City Fine Art Exhibit which included up to eighteen of the Valley's finest, such as Guy Anderson, Clayton James, and so many other talented artists.
The First Thursday Art Walks feature work by local and regional artists. Enjoy original art, wine, chocolates, dinner and more at your favorite downtown locations.
Mount Vernon art walks: First Thursdays from 5 – 8:00 pm (5/1, 6/5, 7/31, 9/4, 10/2)
Anacortes art walks: First Fridays from 6 – 9 pm
Edison and La Conner art walks: First Saturdays from 5 – 8 pm
Cathy Schoenberg Alley Installation
     Mount Vernon Downtown First Thursday Art Walk Alley Installation
May 1, 2014, 5 – 8 pm
As part of the First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Mount Vernon, six panels painted by Cathy Schoenberg, will be permanently installed in the upper story windows in the alley north of Pine Square. This installation furthers the goals of the Art in the Alleys committee of the Mount Vernon Downtown Association to introduce art as an integral part of the downtown experience.
Cathy Schoenberg has been an artist of the Skagit Valley since 1981, currently living and working on Guemes Island. Originally from Spokane, she graduated with a BFA degree from Fort Wright College. Her artwork has been featured at Art’s Alive in La Conner, as posters for the Anacortes Arts Festival, and at MoNA Style.

Have an event going on downtown? Email us the details at We will get it on our events scroller, our Facebook, and if you have a poster for the event, we may just include that too! 

~~Small Business Saturday

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association encourages you to support your friends and neighbors during the holiday season by shopping for your loved ones at our independently-owned small businesses FIRST! Brick and mortar businesses support our local economy by providing local jobs and sales tax revenue, while contributing to the unique, friendly small town feel of our community. Small Business Saturday will be November 29, 2014.