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

                                                  Kris Ekstrand molesworth

First Thursday Art Walk
October 2, 2014
5-8 PM

On the first weekend of each month from April-October, the Skagit Valley Art Escape invites out-of-area visitors to spend the weekend experiencing art activities in the Skagit Valley communities of Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Edison, and La Conner. During October, the MVDA is pleased to present a show by Kris Ekstrand Molesworth, a Bay View painter and printmaker, at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle. Her work is inspired by the estuarine farmlands of the Skagit River watershed and has been exhibited in one-person shows at Skagit Valley College, Moses Lake Museum and Smith & Vallee Gallery (Edison). Her work on view includes monotypes and large scale drawings of the lower Skagit farmlands as well as earlier ones from the upper valley landscape.

The Art in the Alleys Committee will also feature a demonstration by metal-smith artists, Neil Harrigan, owner of Devil’s Mountain Forge, and John McCLain, both from Conway. Neil has been creating iron art for more than 25 years, and John McLain has more than 20 years’ experience. Neil and John will showcase their techniques in Pine Square from 5-8 pm.

The October 2, Art Walk will include 15 downtown venues featuring work by local and regional artists. For more information, please contact Cathy Stevens,, cell: (425) 321-7433, office: (360) 336-3801.


Kris Ekstrand Molesworth“Successes and Celebrations:  The Year in Review”
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association will host its annual report to the community at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle Street, Mount Vernon, on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm. The evening provides an opportunity for all to learn about the work of the organization in the last 12 months, as well as a foretaste of plans for the future. Titled “Successes and Celebrations”, the event will offer narrative and visual summaries of the past year, as well as recognition of the organizations and businesses that support the work of the Mount Vernon Downtown Association through the B&O Tax Credit Incentive program and event sponsorships. New neighbors and important business milestones will also be recognized. The meeting is expected to last just 1 ¼ hours.


Ladies Night Out

 Ladies’ Night Out
Thursday, Nov. 6, 10 am-8 pm

Enjoy cooking demos, a fashion show, and fabulous coupon discounts at participating businesses. Shop all day until 8 pm and remember to sign the gift registries to help your special someone shop for you! Gift bags containing lovely surprises as well as valuable coupons may be purchased in downtown businesses in early October. Look for the pink bags in the windows. For more information, contact Cathy Stevens: cell (425) 321-7433 or main office (360) 336-3801,  Mount Vernon Downtown, It’s Happening!
~~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.

Sunday, December 7, 5 pm

Enjoy this festive annual event. Fun for the whole family. The parade and tree lighting will create memories to last a lifetime. Come to historic downtown First Street for Mount Vernon’s annual Christmas Parade, starting at 5 pm on Sunday, December 7. The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pine Square will follow shortly after the parade ends, around 6 pm. Click here for Christmas Parade Application.

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!