PHOTOS, VIDEO: Damp but ‘delightful’ Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2023

2:14 PM: The Fauntleroy Fall Festival is on! You have until 5 pm to get to the 9100 block of California SW for free festival fun at venues on both sides of the street – the activity list and schedule can be seen here. (And if you’re worried about the weather – many of the events/activities are under a canopy or indoors.)

2:43 PM: Bunny visits are immensely popular. Here’s the line:

That’s happening behind the schoolhouse, where you’ll also find pumpkin bowling:

And music – the Brews Brothers are playing until 3:

Walking from that area toward the schoolhouse, you’ll find West Seattle photographer Holli Margell‘s decorated photo booth:

One change in plan – no birds; The Falconer had to cancel because of illness.

3:30 PM: Before the cakewqlk (video above), the cake judging – Josie and her Dia De Muertos cake won big:

(added) Kathryn sent the next photo – explaining, “Cora was so excited to win the beginners category with her first cake!”

Heading outside, to the Fauntleroy Church parking lot, a variety of festival classics – like pumpkin-decorating:

Birdhouse-building too:

Little ones can make salmon hats to wear to the salmon-drumming event one week from today:

Or get up and take a look inside Seattle Fire Engine 37 (nearest one to Fauntleroy):

Along with activities, you’ll also find booths with local organizations, including the Fauntleroy Community Association:

And the Emergency Communication Hubs (a good thing to get up to speed on – it’s just been a week since that North Sound earthquake shook some here, and the statewide earthquake drill is ahead this Thursday):

And as we’ve been noting in previews, this is volunteer-powered, including the crossing guards helping people get safely between the venues:

The rain has remained light, but again, there’s plenty to do indoors too – the West Seattle Big Band, directed by Jim Edwards, has just started its set inside The Hall at Fauntleroy on the schoolhouse’s south end!

Festival’s only half-over – still time to get here and have fun until 5.

7 PM: Adding more photos and video above. The festivities were best summarized by someone we passed while there, remarking to someone she was with, “This is a delightful fall festival!”

5 Replies to "PHOTOS, VIDEO: Damp but 'delightful' Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2023"

  • norsegirl October 15, 2023 (4:57 pm)

    What a fantastic and fun event with a variety of events.  Big shout out to all the volunteers!

  • The Fauntleroy Fall Festival was Fantastic, Fenominal Fun October 15, 2023 (9:38 pm)

    The organizers and volunteers for this event deserve to be recognized. What a wonderful event for the community. My family – especially my two kids – had a blast. We enjoyed everything from the bunnies to the rock wall climbing to the birdhouse building. The mask-making station hosted by Jessica and her team at Hazelwood Preschool might have been our favorite stop.I have one piece of constructive criticism: An event this good needs to run all day – or at least for a few more hours. There were just too many fun things to do and see and we felt as though we needed more time – even another hour. That’s a lot to ask of an event that was free for the community and staffed by volunteers, but I’ll ask anyway! We wanted more.

  • Cara October 16, 2023 (7:16 am)

    Cora- We brought your cake home and not only was it beautiful, it was delicious too! Thank you! 

  • Nitro October 18, 2023 (7:42 am)

    The Salmon Hats were super fun. We learned at booth that the reason why they make the hats is that the creek right there is a salmon spawning creek and there is a fish ladder. And schools raise baby salmon and put them in the creek to help raise the population. Are the big salmon at the fish ladder now? My kids loved making the hats and want to see the salmon swimming. 

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