PHOTOS, VIDEO: Delridge Day 2019!

11:38 AM: The rain’s gone, the sun’s trying to emerge, and Delridge Day 2019 is on! Above, Khmer dancers launched the festival’s Cultural Stage performances. The rest of the schedule:

11:45 am – Brazilian Dancers
12:30 pm – John Fanene, Polynesian singer
1:15 pm – Jazz Night School band

The Cultural Stage is on the north side of Delridge Community Center Park (Delridge/Genesee/26th). Next to the center is the music stage, where Yesod is playing now, to be followed by:

Noon – The Slags
1 pm – Mode Music Studios students
2 pm – Joe Brazil Legacy Jazz Band

Also here: Dozens of community organizations and vendors with booths/tables, the Urban Survival Skills Fair, Southwest Precinct police-presented Picnic, a backpack giveaway with Eastridge Church inside the center…

… and more. It’s all on until 3 pm. One change because of the rain: The skateboarding competition at the skatepark will start at 2 pm.

12:06 PM: Brazilian dancers are on the Cultural Stage now:

Elsewhere on the festival grounds, you can learn while having fun – preparedness is anything but dull at the Urban Survival Skills Fair (look for the BIG tent):

The festival isn’t called Delridge Day only on behalf of its location – you can find out about east West Seattle groups and activities too. Next to our booth, Highland Park Improvement Club has everything from T-shirts to info about the many events HPIC presents:

On the other side of us, just south of the Cultural Stage, are the community volunteers who coordinate Delridge Day. Over at the Police Picnic, a fingerprinting demonstration:

More dancing!

12:44 PM: Over on the Music Stage, some rock ‘n’ roll!

1:15 PM: Hungry? Off The Rez food truck is here, parked by the Delridge CC entrance:

Today’s menu includes frybread, tacos, and burgers. The view of the festival grounds from the center of the park:

Jazz Night School students are on the Cultural Stage right now:

Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) on the stage by the center building.

Something else that happened: The SPD’s Community Awards were announced. Separate story on that later! And as part of the Sustainable West Seattle GreenLife Expo, “Diver Laura” James is giving festivalgoers a chance to view the Virtual Salish Sea:

2:10 PM: Final hour of Delridge Day – hurry up and get here if you haven’t been already! The skateboarding competition has begun over at the skatepark (delayed a few hours so the morning rainfall’s residue could evaporate). Lessons too, with Skate Like a Girl:

The festival is also a great opportunity to ask questions, get info, even register to vote. Thanks to all the kind folks who have stopped by our booth to say hi. And props to the organizers – here’s four of them:

From left, Larry Winkler, Pete Spalding, Chas Redmond, Michael Taylor-Judd. Not pictured, Ron Angeles, who was here when we stopped by two hours before the start to be sure it wasn’t going to be rained out. (Added: Also, Ann Martin!) Organizing a festival takes months of work leading up to the big day and they’re all volunteers.

3:01 PM: The festival’s officially over but because of the rain-delayed start, skateboarding’s still on. Meantime, a bit more music:

(Find out more about them at joebrazil.org.) And Stu Hennessey from Alki Bike and Board (WSB sponsor) has been giving bike tours:

Sunshine’s hitting full strength – enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

3 Replies to "PHOTOS, VIDEO: Delridge Day 2019!"

  • Karen August 10, 2019 (6:23 pm)

    Wow! Delridge Day was wonderful. So many wonderful booths and amazing people. If you didn’t make it, next year try to make it here. I came to help a group with their booth, but I didn’t realize what was going on here.  It’s a great experience, worth a serious visit, you won’t regret it (Y)

  • annaeileen August 10, 2019 (9:36 pm)

    Best year yet! Food truck was great and the music wonderful. There was a trio of females that rocked. Not sure if they were Mode students or another group but their last original song was so good! I loved the tents as they had lots of great info. 

    • Chas Redmond August 11, 2019 (11:10 am)

      Annaeileen – the trio were MODE students and you’re correct – they were absolutely wonderful.

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