West Seattle Summer Fest 2022 begins! Friday as-it-happened report #1

July 15, 2022 12:58 pm
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(QUICK LINKS: Music here, food here, vendors here, kids zone here, bus reroutes here)

West Seattle Summer Fest doesn’t officially start until 1 pm but people are here already, wandering, shopping, snacking … so come on down to The Junction (California between Oregon and Edmunds, Alaska between 42nd and 44th). We’re in the Info Booth, which also features volunteers helping with a variety of things including the return of T-shirt sales!

Update on The Whale Trail maps – if you didn’t get one on Summer Fest Eve, come to the Info Booth for one!

We’ve already seen at least one young festivalgoer who completed the search!

2:16 PM: Day 1 is always all about seeing what’s where. One general observation, in this transitional year, the festival grounds have some open areas, like north of where we are at California and Alaska:

Many of the year-round Junction businesses are offering sidewalk sales – Summer Fest trivia, the festival has its roots in a summertime Junction-wide sidewalk sale:

In addition to the year-round sidewalk caf├ęs, some venues have added them just for the festival – in the background of our next photo, The Beer Junction’s outdoor space is year-round, while newly opened Bonjour Vietnam has added one for the festival.

We stopped by to say hi to proprietor Jade Nguyen as she soft-opened last night:

Coming up, music starts at 3 pm … also at 3 pm, The Whale Trail presentation about Springer the rescued orca, at the Senior Center (California/Oregon). [Correction, that’s at 3 pm Saturday and Sunday.]

3:02 PM: Music should be starting any minute now at the main stage, which is on California north of Oregon, near the Post Office. Appaloosa 15 is the first band of the day, with indie rockers Chris King and The Gutterballs following at 4.

3:25 PM: If you’re here with kid(s), there’s free fun in the Kids’ Zone on Alaska west of California, as well as the inflatables (for which you need a $20 unlimited-use-for-one-day bracelet) – big games! Along with the ones right by the big GAMES sign, the kids-zone sponsors, Seattle Kraken, have a free game station next to it:

4:44 PM: Even if you don’t make it up to the stage for music, you’ll catch some all along the festival zone:

Other buskers we’ve seen so far include a magician:

Dinnertime nears. We’ll take a look at festival food in report #2.

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