What is Sketcher Fest?

Sketcher Fest is the premier festival of travel sketchbooks in North America. It brings together urban sketchers, travel sketchbook artists, art vendors, publishers and the general public during a weekend of workshops, exhibits and sketching activities in Edmonds, Washington, a city north of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The first event of its kind outside of Europe, Sketcher Fest blends the learning spirit of the Urban Sketchers Symposia with the festival atmosphere of the popular Carnet de Voyage events in France. The goal of Sketcher Fest is to celebrate art, travel and the practice of documenting people, places and culture in sketchbooks.

When is Sketcher Fest?

The second edition of Sketcher Fest will be July 19-21, 2024. Tickets for the different workshops and activities will go on sale March 23 at 11 a.m. PST. Please, sign up for our mailing list to receive updates.

What can I do at Sketcher Fest?

  • Visit the Sketchbook Fair & Art Market at the Edmonds Waterfront Center, where you will be able to meet exhibiting travel sketchers, listen to presentations and see their original sketchbooks. Prints, postcards, books and sketching supplies will be available for sale at the event’s marketplace.
  • Attend Talk & Learn sessions where you’ll get direct feedback about your work from experienced travel sketchbook artists. “Talk & Learn’s” are limited to 10 participants.
  • Participate in outdoor sketching workshops. Learn sketching techniques from accomplished urban sketchers with years of experience capturing the world in their sketchbooks. Workshops are limited to 15 participants.
  • Take a Sketch Tour to interesting Edmonds locations guided by members of the Edmonds Sketchers group and Urban Sketchers Seattle. Each tour is limited to 25 people.

How do I register to attend Sketcher Fest?

Our three-day festival encompasses more than 40 events. Each ticket is purchased a la carte to offer you a flexible experience. Tickets will go on sale on March 23 at 11 a.m. PST.

Is there a hub for Sketcher Fest?

Graphite Arts Center is the event hub on Friday and Saturday. The Edmonds Waterfront Center is the meeting point for Sunday’s community sketch walk and the venue for the Sketchbook Fest and Art Market.

Workshops and programming

Where will the sketching workshops be?

Each workshop will take place at a location within walking distance from Graphite. Some will be in the downtown business district, others will be along the waterfront. Workshop attendees will meet their instructors at Graphite and walk as a group to their sketching location.

How many people can take a workshop?

Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.

What is the Sketchbook Fair and Art Market?

Think of this Sketcher Fest event as the Comic-Con of travel sketchbook artists. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Edmonds Waterfront Center, you can meet and greet artists exhibiting their travel sketchbooks at individual stands specially set up for the occasion. Books, prints and all the art supplies you may need for your own travel sketching will be available for sale.

Travel and transportation

Where can I park in Edmonds?

Parking in the downtown Edmonds core is free but limited to 3 hours. It’s not uncommon for visitors driving to attend events in Edmonds to park a few blocks away from downtown and walk the rest of the way. For more parking information, visit the Downtown Edmonds Alliance website.

I’m coming from out of town. Do you have advice on where to stay in Edmonds?

The city’s tourism website has a list of places to stay, including the Best Western Plus Harbor Inn, which is within walking distance of Graphite Arts Center and the waterfront.

Is there public transportation to Edmonds?

It’s possible but neither easy nor fast to get to Edmonds by public transportation from Seattle, especially on weekends. Check information on Community Transit bus line 416 if you want to give it a try. Other options would include transfering from different buses or a combination of light rail and bus, with an average time to reach Edmonds of more than one hour.

Can I get to Edmonds by train?

The Amtrak Cascades line connects Eugene, Oregon, and Vancouver B.C. and has stops in Seattle and Edmonds.

Where can I find more information about Edmonds?

The city’s tourism website at visitedmonds.com is a good place to start researching your visit.


Who is organizing Sketcher Fest?

Sketcher Fest is the initiative of a small team of urban sketchers who want to bring the spirit of the European Carnet de Voyage festivals to the United States. The team includes Seattle-based journalist, illustrator and publisher Gabriel Campanario; Lisbon-based artist and educator Mário Linhares; Olympia-based artist Jane Wingfield; and Seattle architect and author Gail Wong. Organizing partners include Graphite Arts Center, Art Start Northwest, Sketcher Press and Urban Sketchers Seattle.