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

Attention: Artisans & Vendors
Sidewalk Sale July 25-26, 2014
The Mount Vernon Downtown Association is seeking artisans and vendors for the Annual Sidewalk Sale in Downtown Mount Vernon on Friday & Saturday, July 25 & 26, 2014, 10 am – 5 pm. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. We are adding live entertainment, delectable edibles, and fun activities for all.

Join our downtown businesses during this annual event, as they showcase their wares on the sidewalks of our vibrant historic downtown. Space rental is only $25 for two days!!

For more information, please call (425) 321-7433, or email Click here for Vendor Application.
Sidewalk Sale         

Sponsored by: The Art in the Alleys Committee & the Mount Vernon Downtown Association. For more information please visit:, email:, or call: (360) 336-3801.


Mid-Summer Art Walk         


Children's Art WalkCHILDREN'S ART WALK

Show off your art! All artists, ages 15 and younger, are invited to submit one work of art for a gallery exhibit, as part a Children’s Art Walk on July 31, in downtown Mount Vernon.
How to Participate:
Submit one piece of art with the following information attached:

  • Title of artwork
  • Medium
  • First name of the artist
  • Inspiration or comments about creating the art 

Drop off Art:
“Art in the Alleys” will have a booth at the Children’s Art Festival at Hillcrest Park on July 19, from
10 am – 4 pm. You can drop off artwork or create a piece of art to be displayed in the art walk.
Entries can also be dropped off at these 2 downtown Mount Vernon locations during business hours, the week of 7/21 to 7/26:

  • Tri Dee Arts – 215 S. 1st Street
  • Kids Stuff – 408 S. 1st Street 

Children's art will be displayed in several downtown businesses, and a gallery exhibit will be upstairs at Tri Dee Arts. All art accepted will remain on display for the month of August. This event is sure to inspire any budding artist. We hope to make this an annual event!
Sponsored by: The Art in the Alleys Committee, the Mount Vernon Downtown Association, Tri Dee Arts, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Kids Stuff, Transworld Security, and Copy & Print Store. For more information please visit:, email:, or call: (360) 336-3801.

June 5 Plein Air Paint OutPlein Air Paint Out June 5, 2014

The Art In The Alleys Committee is also partnering with the Mount Vernon Downtown Association (MVDA) to produce art-related exhibits and events during the First Thursday Art Walks. Plein Air Artist Tom Pickett will be coordinating a “Plein Air Paint Out” during the June 5, Art Walk, from 3-7 pm in downtown.  Plein Air painters are encouraged to contact: Tom Pickett, (360) 770-7524, The finished works will be displayed during the following art walk, on July 31.

"The Alley" was painted  by Tom Pickett, Sept 11, 2010, at a plein air session held in Mount Vernon. The painting depicts an impressionist view of the alley leading north from Pine Square in Mount Vernon. The painting is currently in a private collection. Plein air painting is painting from life at an outdoor location. Pickett has painted plein air throughout the Skagit Valley and his paintings can be seen at Pacioni's Restaurant and Embellish in downtown Mount Vernon.

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.