The Washington State Arts Commission awarded downtown Edmonds the designation of the state's first Creative District. The designation signifies a place of cultural, social, and economic activity. Edmonds has a long history of culture and arts, earning it a unanimous selection  by the Creative District review committee. 

The Creative Arts refers to Edmonds' literary, visual, culinary, liquid, performing, and musical arts. Downtown Edmonds has such a strong showing in all of these categories, with theaters, museums, galleries, restaurants, cocktail lounges, and more. The designation comes with a workplan and commission support intended to attract more creativity and economic development around it.