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SUNDAY: The latest list of what you’ll find during Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki

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One last reminder … from Don Armeni Boat Ramp to 63rd/Alki, Seattle Summer Parkways will stretch along two miles of Alki and Harbor Avenues tomorrow (Sunday, September 25th), with the Orca Half (marathon) starting it all at 9:30 am, and then the main activity schedule 11 am-4 pm. See the map above for traffic/parking changes, and the updated schedule/activity/partner list below (with additions beyond what’s on the SSP website). One major difference from past years’ events is the addition of an activity hub at Don Armeni, as well as the central activity areas in the heart of Alki Beach. Meantime, the forecast still looks great!


9:30 AM Orca Half Marathon begins at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
11 AM Kick off Summer Parkways with bike decorating & Kids Bike Parade from FamilyBike Seattle
11 AM-4 PM Disaster Relief Trials
12-3 PM West Seattle Summer Walking Tour with Feet First. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
1-2 PM Behind the scenes bicycle tour of Summer Parkways with the event organizers. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where free Pronto bike rentals will be available.
1-3 PM Free Ice Cream at CityScoop near 61st SW & Alki Ave SW.
Live music all day on our main stage at 61st SW and Alki Ave SW.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE (61st Ave SW and Alki Ave SW)

11:00AM – Disaster Relief Trials Launch
11:15AM – Scott Kubly and Others Open the Event
12:00PM – Zumba Kids with Jeannette
1:00PM – Ephrata Takes the Stage to Play Dreamy Shoegaze
2:00PM – Barellhouse Jive Cats


*The Orca Half Marathon

*Visit Mike, NOAA’s life-size inflatable orca whale (modeled after J-26) at Don Armeni Park. Learn more about orcas, shore-based whalewatching at educational signs along the route, courtesy of The Whale Trail.

*Relax under the City’s big tent, eat free ice cream and talk to folks from various City Departments at CityScoop from 1pm – 3 pm near 61st Ave SW

*Kick off the event with bike decorating & Kids Bike Parade with FamilyBike Seattle

*Education and Creative Art Projects with the Seal Sitters

*Make it your way with topping bar at Anchor End Pretzel Sandwiches

*Food for the Soul from Neema’s Southern Comfort Foods

*Let its show, you love the dough! with Mini The Doughnut

*Children’s games and gutter protection exhibitions from Harry Helmet

*Bike Bingo from Cascade Bicycle Club

*Books on Bikes from Seattle Public Library

*Bike decorating and Kidical Mass kids bike parade with Family Bike Expo

*Live music from Ephrata

*Adaptive Bike Exhibition & games with Outdoors For All

*Bike Rodeo for kids with West Seattle Bike Connections

*Adopt a new best friend from the Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile on site!

*Bubbles & Balloons at The Seattle Barkery handcrafted dog treats & coffee for humans

*Seattle Department of Transportation Public Space Management

*Learn about HALA from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

*Free bike rentals from Pronto Cycle Share, located at the water taxi dock and at 62nd Ave SW and Alki Ave SW

*Plan your next adventure and learn about the tiny lifestyle with Homegrown Trailers

*Dance, move and have fun at Zumba Kids with Jeannette

*Lotion and body butter demonstrations from NALI Natural Body Care Products

*Connecting students to local and global community programs: FIUTS

*Delicious food from Off The Rez food truck

*Learn more about Seattle Annual Music and Jazz Cruise

*Rent a custom bike for the day and cruise with Pedal Anywhere

*Speak with experts about finances for free with Voya Financial Advisors

*Find a cool T-shirt at Northington T-shirts

*Explore and book your next travel destination with Destinations Unleashed Paycation Travel!

*Check out a Seattle Bike Polo match

*Break off a piece of all natural KRAVE Jerky

*Food and drink specials all day, plus a killer happy hour at El Chupacabra!

*Bike repair, giveaways, demos and music from Westside Bicycle at Don Armeni Park

*Drop in for a 15 minute POP Pilates classes every hour on the hour starting at 12p.m. from FitGirls NW

*Taco-eating contest

*Killer Bike Show!

*Learn about how you can get involved in supporting Seattle’s homeless population with Shorewood Foursquare Church’s Northwest Light Under the Bridge Ministry

*Pick up your Alki beachwear at Coastal Surf Boutique’s sidewalk sale

*Get some free bubbles and learn about how neighbors share time and talents with West Seattle Timebank

*Seattle Parks & Recreation will offer Karate Demos, a Bouncy Obstacle Course, Free Face Painting and Hula Demos

*The Alki Art Fair will have an art show in the Alki Bathhouse

*Behind the Scenes Bicycle Tour of West Seattle Summer Parkways with the event organizers 1-2PM beginning at Don Armeni Park.

We’re planning as-it-happens coverage; this will be the city’s first “car-free day” event on Alki since May 2014.

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COUNTDOWN: What you need to know about Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki this Sunday


More details tonight as we look ahead to Sunday’s Seattle Summer Parkways – the latest incarnation of “car-free day,” though it’s not really “car-free” – on Alki . Official event time is 11 am-4 pm, but things get started earlier with hundreds of Orca Half (Marathon) runners leaving Don Armeni Boat Ramp, heading westbound, at 9:30 am.

First, here are the specific times and locations for parking and other vehicle restrictions on Sunday. As the map shows, the heart of Alki will be entirely closed to motorized-vehicle traffic, while from 56th to Don Armeni, one lane will be closed, one open:

-There will be no waterside parking along Alki Ave SW from 63rd Ave SW to Don Armeni Boat Ramp from 8 am to 5 pm on 09/25

-Parking will be allowed on the residential side of the street from 55th Ave SW to Don Armeni boat ramp

-Local access to vehicles will be maintained from 56th Ave SW to Don Armeni boat ramp via one lane

(ADDED WEDNESDAY) The Metro Route 50 reroute will be:

L 60 Av SW
R SW Hinds
R 63 Av SW
R SW Admiral Wy
S SW Admiral and 61 Av SW (temp terminal)

We’re still awaiting word on the Water Taxi shuttle route(s).

(BACK TO ORIGINAL REPORT) In addition to the long list of “partners” that’ll be providing activities/information/etc., mentioned on the SSP West Seattle page, the time-specific event schedules are now available, too:


9:30 AM – Orca Half Marathon begins at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
11 AM – Kick off Summer Parkways with bike decorating & Kids’ Bike Parade from FamilyBike Seattle
11 AM-4 PM – Disaster Relief Trials begin at the Alki Bathhouse
12-3 PM – West Seattle Summer Walking Tour with Feet First. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp. RSVP on Meetup.
1-2 PM – Behind the scenes bicycle tour of Summer Parkways with the event organizers. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where free Pronto bike rentals will be available.
1-3 PM – Free ice cream at CityScoop near 61st SW & Alki Ave SW.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE (61st Ave SW and Alki Ave SW)

11:00 AM – Disaster Relief Bike Trials launch
11:15 AM – Mayor Murray, Scott Kubly, and others open the event
12:00 PM – Zumba Kids with Jeannette
1:00 PM – Ephrata takes the stage to play Dreamy Shoegaze
2:00 PM – Groove Powers provides music to dance for all

The Disaster Relief Bike Trials are still open for participation, and the folks at West Seattle Be Prepared tell us that four local “hubs” will be activated so this really serves as a preparedness exercise as well as a fun activity – read about it on their website here. And if you have any questions/points of confusion about Seattle Summer Parkways, please comment or otherwise let us know, as we’ll be publishing more updates before Sunday and will be happy to ask organizers more questions.

COUNTDOWN: ‘Summer Parkways’ at Alki next Sunday

Six months after we brought you first word that the city would revive the “car-free day” concept this year and move it back to September, we’re one week away from the Alki edition of “Seattle Summer Parkways.” The map above shows the route along which the westbound – water-side – lane will be closed to motorized vehicles all day, between 63rd SW and Don Armeni Boat Ramp, which is where the Orca Half (Marathon) will start around 9:30 am; the day’s other activities are set to officially run from 11 am to 4 pm. A long list of activity presenters is online here, and we’re expecting even more info before next Sunday arrives, so we’ll continue counting down.

West Seattle Harvest Festival 2016 set & welcoming activity presenters, sponsors, chili competitors…

(WSB file photo)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:46 PM: The 2016 West Seattle Harvest Festival has just been announced for Sunday, October 30th, 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. If you’re new here – the Harvest Festival is the annual street-fair combination of family activities, business trick-or-treating (that part starts at noon), and WS Farmers’ Market. The West Seattle Junction Association presents it, and director Lora Swift says they’re currently inviting prospective sponsors (WSB is already on board) and activity presenters. Go here ASAP if you’re a business interested in being a sponsor, and/or a business, nonprofit, or school interested in presenting an activity. (And yes, there will be a chili cookoff again this year, with the fee for tasting/judging benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank – more to come on that.)

3:19 PM UPDATE: Here’s the scoop on how to enter the chili competition:

Participants must:

§ Be a West Seattle business.

§ Bring two gallons of hot chili made in commercial kitchen and an electric warmer. Maintain chili’s temperature to meet health standards.

§ Provide a chili server who has a current Food Handlers Card.

§ Be ready to serve at 11 am! With 2 gallons of chili, we’ll be able to serve about 100 flights and the competition will probably be done by 1 pm.

§ Space is limited to 8 competitors, and a minimum of 4 competitors are needed.

We’ll provide everything else. To register – admin@wsjunction.org with your business name, contact person, and agreement that rules will be followed.

The festival also includes a costume parade at 11:30 am, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band.

West Seattle weekend scene: Children’s Moonlight Festival at Vietnamese Cultural Center


Late-in-the-day sun shone on the Children’s Moonlight Festival at the Vietnamese Cultural Center on Sunday afternoon. The Center invited community members to celebrate the traditional “mid-autumn festival,” featuring handmade lanterns:


Dancers and singers performed:



And the center’s flags were at half-staff in observance of the 9/11 anniversary.


(added) Video of the Lion Dance, by the GDPT Van Hanh Lion Dance Team, courtesy of Lynda, via Instagram (mouse over image to reveal clickable “play” button):

A video posted by Lynda Bui (@olivemraz) on

While the center hosts several public events each year, you are also welcome to visit on Saturdays, noon-3 pm. Its address is 2236 SW Orchard, just north of Home Depot.

COUNTDOWN: WestFest ‘Carnival of Community’ set for September 16-17

(WSB file photo)

Summer-ish fun isn’t all over yet – some big events are yet to come, and today brings the official announcement of one of them: WestFest, 6-10 pm Friday, September 16th, and 10 am-10 pm Saturday, September 17th:

Please be a part of West Seattle’s ‘Carnival of Community’, brought to you by Holy Rosary School! Come experience great local music, eat delicious food, race up, around, or down the inatable rides, climb the rock wall, or spin until you’re dizzy! There is so much to do and see, including bingo, a cake walk with scrumptious prizes, a kids’ talent show and carnival-style games galore. There’s a beer garden for adults too — there is truly something for everyone at WestFest!


Take unlimited turns on our wide selection of rollicking rides on Friday (9/16) and Saturday (9/17) with an activity wristband. 

Back by demand… Toddler Time from 10 am-12 pm on Saturday (9/17), where kids 4 and under get exclusive access to 3 rides for a reduced price, when purchasing a wristband.

Discount-priced wristbands will be available in advance at Holy Rosary’s Pancake Breakfast starting at 8 am on Sunday, September 11th. The prices (advance and day-of) are on the festival flyer. The festival is held on the school grounds, on 42nd SW north of SW Genesee.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: First-ever Festival CentroAmericano at Westcrest Park

(Video and photos by Leda Costa for WSB)

4:25 PM: You still have time to get to the first-ever Festival Centroamericano, scheduled until 7 pm at Westcrest Park in Highland Park! Photojournalist Leda Costa is covering it for WSB, starting with the video above, from Folklore Nicaragua‘s performance, so we’ll have photos later – but for now, go celebrate Central American culture in person, via music, dance, food, and more. The park’s at 9000 8th SW.

ADDED 11:20 PM: As promised, more photos:




While the dancing was popular, the food was an even-bigger draw, with long lines, and some vendors selling out. This is Lucero Teofilo, whose mother Rosia runs Franci’s Fresh Fruit:



Emceeing the event, Edgardo Armando Franco, known as “El General.” Also onstage were singers including Alfredo Chavez, who, before singing, offered a lesson in the art of the Panamanian Saloma, something like yodeling.



Below, holding the Guatamalan flag, that’s Kirby Fralick at right, posing with his friends from Chapines en Seattle, one of the vendor booths at the festival:


Another booth featured handmade Nicaraguan dolls by Inmaculada Cruz:


More festival scenes:



Mercedes Gonzalez, from Panama:


Organizers say this is not only our area’s first festival celebrating Central American culture, but the first one in our state, and they hope to do it again next year.

SUNDAY: First-ever Central American festival coming to Westcrest Park

A first-of-its-kind festival is happening in West Seattle this Sunday! Here’s the announcement we received for Festival Centroamericano, coming to Westcrest Park:

The first festival in Seattle that is dedicated to learning and sharing the cultural expressions from Central America, the Festival Centroamericano, will bring together members of the various Seattle Neighborhoods that are from Central America or have family from the seven Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama).

Embracing our Central American heritage and culture to a community that is not well exposed to it can also offer a great opportunity to learn something new especially with the different ethnic groups (Indigenous, African, Mestizo, Latino) that are involved in the festival. The organization will unite the different ethnic groups from each of the Central American countries to exchange cultures and learn from one another.

The Festival Centroamericano will be a family-oriented and free-for-the-public event, therefore, everyone is welcome to experience a Central American community at Westcrest Park, 9000 8th Ave SW on August 28 from 11AM to 7PM. The festival will have live performances and vendors providing food, art, information, other great services, and more!

CONTINUING SUNDAY: Arts In Nature Festival 2016 @ Camp Long


Want to be outdoors – and be cool? The meadow at Camp Long is the perfect place right now. We just arrived at the Arts In Nature Festival, presented by Nature Consortium, which is sponsoring WSB right now to promote the annual festival. It’s on until 9 tonight, and again 11 am-6 pm Sunday – you still have lots of time to get here to see this evening’s headliners in the meadow at 7 pm, Big World Breaks, playing on the Nancy Stage [named for NC founder Nancy Whitlock, who’s here right now, as is former NC leader Merica Whitehall and David Bestock of DNDA, with which NC is merging – photo below].


Big World Breaks is in fact doing a sound check right now, before Etienne Cakpo (video added below) takes the stage around 6 pm.

And this is just the main stage – one of four major spots around the park that you’ll find music, dance/performance, or activities. Most of the latter two are done for the day, but music continues until 9, as does the Beer Garden (top photo), where you can also buy and drink Ethiopian coffee:


Camp Long’s famous cabins have artists in residence throughout the weekend, with “installations that mix sound, auditory arts, music, and visual arts.” (Added) That includes poetry, and you can write your own:


Lots more to explore:


On the south end of the meadow, YAMS (Yesler Art Mobile Studio) is here with all-ages activities.


Festival ticket info is here; the park is at 5200 35th SW, with the main entrance off northbound 35th at Dawson.

P.S. One more addition from Saturday evening – the installation inside the Camp Long Lodge that managed to make its subject (“Dust Motes”) seem magical:

(Mouse over the image to reveal the “play” button so you can click it.)

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Delridge Day 2016!

August 13, 2016 11:34 am
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(Los Mixtecos on the Delridge Day cultural stage – schedule here)

11:34 AM: We’re in the park outside Delridge Community Center in the first hour of this year’s Delridge Day festival, presented by VIEWS, happening until 11 am, with music, cultural performances, giveaways, treats, skateboarding demonstrations and contests, more. Local groups and businesses are here, as are Seattle Police, since the annual “Picnic at the Precinct” is melded into this again this year (police horses and K-9s will be presenting demonstrations).


West Seattle’s own Ellis Brothers (below) are the first musical act – at noon, it’s Widowed Cactus; 1 pm, The Slags; 2 pm, Valerie Cavell.


Get down to Delridge/Genesee and enjoy yourself – the festival runs until 3 pm – more updates to come.

11:50 AM: Be sure to roam around and check out all the giveaways while you’re here. Free water and ice cream (courtesy of the Seattle Police Foundation) in the SPD area on the west side of the festival zone; free backpacks with school supplies inside the community center:

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Many of the groups here have tchotchkes – we’ve brought a few leftover WSB-branded ice scrapers from festivals past; you never know when actual wintry weather might return, and it’s a cooling thought here on another summer day going into the 80s. Cool things for sale, too – in the Delridge Day info booth, right next to us, you can buy Delridge Day T-shirts, $10 kids, $20 adults. And don’t miss Davin the emcee at the Cultural Stage!

12:29 PM: So much going on. In the clip above, that’s MC Davin with SPD Officer San Miguel and Pele the K-9 in training.

(The officer informed the emcee, not like Pele the soccer player, but rather, Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire.)

In the shade under a big tree, martial-arts demonstrations with Coach Sonia Sillan and others from Elite Brazilian Jiu-jitsu of Seattle (WSB sponsor), headquartered here in Delridge, just blocks away.


In the field in the center of the festival zone, sack racing for anybody who shows up:

On the music stage, Widowed Cactus is performing:

Chas Redmond from VIEWS, the music coordinator (for this and so many local festivals!), points out that many of the performers are local youth. Meantime, over at the skatepark, mini-contests are getting going. And on the Cultural Stage, the Arabaka Trio is performing:


The wading pool’s open too, if you’re coming with little ones who would like to splash around (stick your toes in too).

1:03 PM: Midway through the festival … if you’re hungry, note that Yummy Box, which bills itself as “Seattle’s #1 Asian fusion food truck,” is here.


So are a tamale vendor and a shave-ice stand. And as we mentioned, you’ll find free ice-cream treats over in the SPD zone. Meantime, on the music stage, The Slags have just started to play.

And come say hi to all the volunteers and organization/agency reps who are here – cool people we know from so many meetings and events – they do a lot for the community, and that includes the festival-coordinating VIEWS folks – consider buying a T-shirt (info above) and/or poster to support the festival.

1:26 PM: Here’s a walk-around of some of the booths here:

On the Cultural Stage right now – Van Lang Vietnamese Cultural School.

1:56 PM: The Cultural Stage also is featuring announcements from time to time, including information from some of the organizations who are here – right now, the Delridge Grocery Coop is talking about its ongoing effort to get to the point where it can open a grocery store; in the meantime, you can catch up with them every Thursday, 4-7 pm, at their farmstand next to the Delridge P-Patch. The West Seattle Democratic Women had the microphone for a while too, talking about their new focus, climate change. Emcee Davin Stedman asked them for recommendations of where to get accurate information online and they said they’ve been adding links to their website.

2:12 PM: We’re into the last hour – it’s warm but there’s lots of shade, in tents and other trees, if you haven’t been here yet. … We’re hearing that Mayor Ed Murray is expected to stop by around 2:30 pm. He visited the festival last year too.

Last act on the Cultural Stage is Dance Brazil:


2:39 PM: The mayor is here now and Pete Spalding of VIEWS, and the Delridge Neighborhood District Council – one of the groups the mayor recently decided to cut off from city support – is asking him to rethink the decision, pointing out that this event is coordinated by people from DNDC and community councils, “the lifeblood of the neighborhood.”


“We’ll work with you, we’ll work with you,” Murray was heard to tell Spalding.

Murray was subsequently seen at the West Seattle Food Bank booth (an organization Spalding long served as a board member), buying a fundraising raffle ticket, according to WSFB’s Judi Yazzolino, who sent the photo below:


2:46 PM: The mayor just offered a few words onstage, where MC Davin urged him to drop the mic, as he had done with SW Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith earlier (Lt. Smith really did literally drop the mic). And now the mayor’s back over at the festival info booth, buying a Delridge Day T-shirt.

3 PM: Festival’s over! Thanks to everyone who came to Delridge Day, and a special shoutout to the nice folks who stopped by our table to say hi.

P.S. West Seattle’s next summer festival is Nature Consortium‘s Arts in Nature Festival next weekend at Camp Long.

DELRIDGE DAY ON SATURDAY! One last festival preview

August 12, 2016 7:17 pm
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Eastern West Seattle’s biggest festival of the summer is just hours away. The community volunteers of VIEWS (Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle) are ready to bring you Delridge Day 2016, 11 am-3 pm at Delridge Community Center Park. Among the highlights:

*Music, performances, demonstrations on two stages (previewed here)

*Grand opening of new Fitness Zone exercise area by the playground

*Skatepark activities for skaters 12 and under, presented by Alki Bike & Board and Skate Like a Girl (as previewed here – clinics 10 am-noon, mini-contests noon-2 pm)

*Kids’ games/activities (including sack races), with prizes, presented by Trader Joe’s

*Free massages by Massage Envy

*Dozens of booths with organizations and businesses (and festival co-sponsors including WSB)

*2 food trucks and a tamale tent; shave ice from Have An Ice Day

*Neighborhood Tent – not too late to have your neighborhood council or organization featured there, VIEWS tells us

Before the festival, you can help raise money for programs at Delridge CC by running in the Run for Recreation ($25 entry) at 10 am. Big day ahead – see you there!

Delridge Day 2016, one week from today!

West Seattle’s next festival is one week away: Delridge Day 2016 (presented by VIEWS, with co-sponsors including WSB), 11 am-3 pm Saturday, August 13th, in the park by Delridge Community Center. First, this is a two-stage festival, and the lineup for the stage toward the west side of the festival ground has been shared. The SPD events are part of the “Picnic at the Precinct” component that has been blended with Delridge Day the last few years; other performers on this stage are part of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association Cultural Events Series that’s also been blended into this year’s festival:

11:10 – 11:40: Los Mixtecos
11:40 – 11:50: SPD Canine demonstration
11:50 – 12:00: SPD Announcements and drawings
12:00 – 1:00: The Arabaka Trio
1:00 – 1:10: SPD Mounted Patrol demonstration
1:10 – 1:20: SPD Announcements and drawings
1:20 – 2:00: Van Lang Vietnamese Cultural School
2:00 – 2:15: SPD Arson/Bomb Squad Demonstration
2:15 – 2:45: Dora Oliveira and Dance Brazil

The music stage, on the south side of the festival zone, will feature Wild Within, the Ellis Brothers, The Slags, and Valerie Cavell.

Also part of the festival again this year – a skating competition at Delridge Skatepark! Alki Bike and Board and Skate Like a Girl are the sponsors, and the tentative plan is:

Twelve and under, NO ENTRY FEE skate competition

10-12 pm: clinics

12-2 pm: mini contests
Time trial around park 12-1

Awards for
Best times
Best style
Best attitude
Best helmet
Best cheers

Best Trick “jams” on different obstacles

Awards for
Best Trick
Most Creative
Best attitude
Best Style
Best tumble

All of the above, plus games, food, booths featuring vendors and local organizations (we’ll be there!) – 11 am-3 pm next Saturday, 4501 Delridge Way SW. Watch here for more Delridge Day previews as the week goes on – including details on bonus pre-festival events, a Friday night outdoor movie and a Saturday morning fundraising run!

Alki Art Fair thanks you & needs you!

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(WSB photo, July 24th)

West Seattle is “between festivals” this weekend, so we’ll be doing some looking ahead and looking back. One of last month’s festivals, the Alki Art Fair (co-sponsored by WSB), has a message for you that does both:

Thank you to all that attended and participated in our 19th annual Alki Art Fair on the beach last month! This year we had more artists’ booths, more musical performers, more food vendors, and more attendees than ever before. We owe a special thank you to our community and our sponsors! Sponsors this year were: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gutter Helmet, Renewal by Andersen, West Seattle Blog, Seattle Web Works.

As we look forward to next year and the celebration of our momentous 20th year of the Alki Art Fair, we are looking for fresh board members & volunteers to fill our performance, technology, fundraising, and PR chair positions. Think you’d like to be part of the fun next year? Please contact us at volunteers@alkiartfair.org

This year’s AAF was held July 23-24; we covered the first day here, second day here.

Arts in Nature Festival 2016: Here’s who’s headlining

August 3, 2016 2:58 pm
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(Photo courtesy Arts in Nature Festival)

Nature Consortium has announced another headliner for the upcoming Arts in Nature Festival (WSB sponsor) at Camp Long, now less than three weeks away:

Arts in Nature and the NW Folklife Festival are thrilled to present the band Big World Breaks (BWB), led by Aaron Walker-Loud, to the new amplified “Nancy Stage” (named after festival founder Nancy Whitlock.) BWB has worked with Janelle Monae, Macklemore, Digable Planets, Reggie Watts and other major recording artists, and is comprised of some of the best local Funk, Soul, World Music and Jazz musicians – many of whom are alumni of the internationally-acclaimed Garfield and Roosevelt High School Jazz ensembles.

The 2016 Arts in Nature Festival takes place Saturday, August 20, 11 am-9 pm, and Sunday, August 21, 11 am-6 pm, at Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave SW.

Tickets are $10 per day for adults (or $16 for a weekend pass) and $5 per day for kids 12 & under. Get tickets online here, or buy them at the festival.

A convoy of food trucks including GAI BOX, PICNIC, POP UP and ATHENA’S keeps you energized for art-making, dancing, and nature trail exploring. For an added dose of hoppy happy, Fremont Brewing is providing “beers of distinction” for the beer garden!

Art Installations & Interactions: Interaction ranges from using duct tape-wrapped chopsticks to hammering out a jam on Benson Smith’s “Junk Chime” to physically entering Installation Artist Markel Uriu’s “Bowers” to climbing aboard the converted RV that is YAMS, the Yesler Arts Mobile Studio, providing hands-on art and craft making for all.

A perfect example of the “arts in nature” concept encouraging artists and audience members to engage in active participation is the piece Inner Galactic, created by Maya Soto (choreographer) + Nico Tower (composer/multidisciplinary artist). The “Innernauts” explore the poetry of geology and the magic of time and sediment. They transform a cabin into a fantastical moon-like cave of crystals, craters, stalagmites, shadows and light representing deep matters of the heart using light + shadow boxes, visual design/art installation and original sound composition to create a new interactive sound environment. Visitors contribute through writing and sound-making.

Look for the performance and art schedule on the festival website as it gets closer.

COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks to Delridge Day!

July 30, 2016 9:41 am
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We’re sharing the official poster for Delridge Day to remind you that the free, fun festival in the park outside Delridge Community Center, presented by VIEWS, is exactly two weeks away – 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 13th. Plan to be there to be entertained, informed, and engaged … watch here for more details soon. (WSB is a Delridge Day sponsor again this year, so we’ll be there too.)

ONE MONTH TO GO! West Seattle Car Show on August 27th

(WSB photo: Little car, big hit, at last year’s West Seattle Car Show)

This year’s West Seattle summer fun has a long way to go, so we’re reminding you here and there about what’s yet to come. We are exactly one month away now from the West Seattle Car Show, which is moving up this year into August, and happening on a Saturday instead of a Sunday. It’s on Saturday, August 27th, 10 am-4 pm, on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus for the second year, and signups are happening right now. Whatever kind of motorized vehicle you have, there’s probably a trophy for it:

Alt fuel/EV
Ladies/Female owned
Junior (under 21)
Best “un-restored”/survivor (any class)
Judge’s choice – best stock
Judge’s choice – best modified
People’s choice / Michael Hoffman award
Sponsor’s choice
SSC choice – for best student car (judged by SCC staff)
1954 and under domestic
1955 – 1959 domestic
1960 – 1964 domestic
1965 – 1969 domestic
1970 – 1974 domestic
1975 – 1989 domestic
1990 – current domestic

Go here to sign up. There’s room for more vendors and sponsors, too. The show is presented again this year by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (both WSB sponsors) and they have a LOT planned, not just vehicle-viewing – see last week’s preview for details.

VIDEO: Alki Art Fair, day 2

July 24, 2016 2:24 pm
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2:24 PM: Another spectacular day at the beach, and you have almost four more hours to go wander the Alki Art Fair. Booths are open until 6:


A food truck and food booths are set up along the promenade and on the street, and music continues on two stages. We’re the sponsor for the “Busker Stage” toward the west end.

Stop inside the Bathhouse to bid on silent-auction items; the official Alki Art Fair T-shirt is on sale outside the Bathhouse; and nearby, you’ll find the Seal Sitters booth – ask them about the first pup this season to turn up on a West Seattle beach, just last night on Alki. Maybe it was here for the Seal Sitters-benefiting Spud chowder deal too.

P.S. One more reminder about the free shuttle from Admiral – details on the Alki Art Fair home page.

9 PM: The fair’s a wrap for this year. We stopped by for a bit this evening, in time to catch some of the show by the final band of the night, The Fuzz:

HAPPENING NOW: Alki Art Fair 2016, day 1

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That’s the east end of the Alki Art Fair on the promenade at the beach, on until 6 pm today with art, music, food, and family fund, all in a low-key, “just hanging out” atmosphere – sit on the lawn by the stage east of the bathhouse and enjoy some of the music (there’s a “Busker Stage” further west on the promenade, too).


And if you’re not riding or walking already – consider the shuttle bus from The Admiral District; it’s how we got down the hill post-parade:


It’s a yellow school-bus marked ALKI ART FAIR SHUTTLE and you can catch it on the northwest corner of Admiral/California, outside the Metro shelter by the Chevron station. Music continues tonight until 9 pm, by the way. While there, get your T-shirt:


And if you buy chowder from Spud across the street this weekend – $1 goes to Seal Sitters, who have a booth at the festival too.

WEST SEATTLE CAR SHOW 2016: Remember, this year it’s in August, and on a Saturday!

July 21, 2016 2:49 pm
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West Seattle Car Show sponsors Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (also WSB sponsors) want to remind you that this year’s show is a little more than five weeks away!

Saturday, August 27th, 10 am-4 pm, South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)

Registration’s open NOW – go to this page on the official website. See the list of trophy categories here – this is NOT just about the typical “classic” cars.

First 200 vehicle registrations get dash plaques

What’s planned so far:
*Live music and a DJ
*Kids’ activities
*Seattle Fire Department
*50/50 raffle
*Drawing for a donated drone
*Food trucks

SSC will have its Northwest Wine Academy open on West Seattle Car Show day for tours and purchases, as well as beer sales. You’ll also be able to tour the SSC Automotive Technology and Auto Body programs. If you’d like to join the list of Car Show sponsors or vendors, find the applications here.

Alki Art Fair this weekend! See who’s performing

July 20, 2016 9:32 am
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(WSB file photo, Alki Art Fair Busker Stage)

The music schedule is out for this weekend’s Alki Art Fair, 10 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday on the promenade, with music continuing until 9 pm Saturday, 8 pm Sunday. Two stages – the main stage is by the Bathhouse, and we’re sponsoring the “Busker Stage” further west, closer to the picnic-shelter area. See the schedule here. The fair is free to attendees; you’ll find artists showing and selling their work, as well as kids’ activities, a silent auction, and more. Plus: A free shuttle from the West Seattle Bridge park ‘n’ ride and from Admiral Junction – details are on the Alki Art Fair home page.

ALL WEEKEND: Mediterranean Fantasy Festival 2016 in West Seattle

July 16, 2016 4:00 pm
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(WSB photos. Above, Benu Rising from Eugene)

Looking for something to do this afternoon? Go to Hiawatha Community Center and see the dancers at the 29th Mediterranean Fantasy Festival!

The performances are close to continuous – here’s the schedule – inside the gym and on the outdoor stage to its south, up until 7 tonight. And browse dozens of vendor booths/tables:


You’ll meet interesting people from near and far, like dancer/artist Dina Lydia Johnson of Highland Park:


Admission is free, and the festival continues with another full slate of performances 11 am-5 pm tomorrow.

THIS WEEKEND: 29th annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival at Hiawatha

July 15, 2016 3:05 pm
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MedFest banner & Deann
(Photo by Dina Lydia Johnson from 2015 Medfest – she also made the banner, with which dancer Deann is posing)

In case you haven’t noticed it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – this weekend brings the 29th annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, aka “MedFest,” back to Hiawatha Community Center and its south/east lawn areas. Hundreds of belly dancers and musicians will be performing 11 am-7 pm Saturday and 11 am-5 pm Sunday – the dancer lineup is here – on outdoor and indoor stages. Dozens of vendors offer shimmering attire and accessories, and food too (here’s the vendor lineup). MedFest is presented by the Babylonian Ensemble – read up on their history here, and the festival’s history here, and feel like an insider when you get there. No charge to watch the performances, by the way.

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