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VIDEO: Children’s Moonlight Festival @ Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle

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It didn’t have to be nighttime for the lanterns, and smiles, to shine brightly during the Children’s Moonlight Festival today at the Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle. We arrived just in time for the lantern parade:

That was the culmination of today’s three-hour event at the center, the traditional autumn celebration known as Tết Nhi Đồng, featuring activities, games, and treats including moon cake.

Group photos are a tradition at center events.

The center’s longtime director is Lee Bui:

If you’ve never visited, the center is often open to visitors on Saturday afternoons (2236 SW Orchard).

SUNDAY: Children’s Moonlight Festival @ Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle

(2017 photo by Lynda Bui)

Early reminder about one of tomorrow’s highlights: The annual Children’s Moonlight Festival at the Vietnamese Cultural Center, 3-6 pm Sunday at 2236 SW Orchard (just north of Home Depot). Games, activities, entertainment, refreshments including the traditional moon cake, all free, all ages welcome. Here’s the flyer with details.

PHOTOS: Fall Festival fun in the sun @ Forest Lawn

(WSB photos)

Look at all those pumpkins waiting to be decorated! Just one of the activities at the Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor) Fall Festival, free fun happening now. Or take a carriage ride:

Treats too!

Other activities include face-painting. Get out in the sunshine and go visit before 2 pm!

Calling all cake bakers!

(WSB file photo)

Less than two weeks until the Fauntleroy Fall Festival – time to start planning your cake, if you’re up for baking one! From Judy Pickens:

The judging of decorated cakes and an old-fashioned cake walk are popular activities at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, this year on Sunday, October 21, 2:00-5:00 pm, and cake donations are needed for both. Demonstrate your creativity by decorating a cake with a fall, Fauntleroy, or West Seattle theme. Judging will be by level of difficulty and both adults and kids are encouraged to enter. If decorating isn’t your thing, simply bake and frost a donation for the cake walk. It can be just one layer, a small sheet cake, or a cluster of cupcakes. Plan to bring your creation to Fellowship Hall in Fauntleroy Church by 1:00 pm on festival Sunday.

The festival happens in and around the church and schoolhouse, across the street from each other (and there’s a crossing guard during the festival!) at 9131 and 9140 California SW.

COUNTDOWN: From costumes to chili – get ready for the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

harvestfestival_01(WSB file photo)

One month and one day until the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! 10 am to 2 pm Sunday, October 28th, in the street in the heart of The Junction. It’s multifaceted fun – the Farmers’ Market, harvest/fall-themed kids’ activities, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, and a benefit chili cookoff! The chili cookoff field is set – you buy, you vote, proceeds go to the West Seattle Food Bank: This year’s contenders are Elliott Bay Brewing, Husky Deli, Easy Street Café, The Westy, Duos Catering, Pecos Pit (WSB sponsor), Girls Gone BBQ, The Bridge, and Shadowland are this year’s competitors. Also: Whether you chow down on chili or not, you’ll be able to quench your thirst at the Root Beer Garden! And something new this year: A pumpkin-pie-eating contest.

P.S. If your business/organization can host an activity booth, there’s still time to sign up for that – no charge! Just use this form. Volunteers are also welcome to be part of the fun – sign up here.

Bring diapers to Holy Rosary School’s WestFest ‘carnival of community’ Friday and Saturday

September 12, 2018 2:26 pm
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Your next chance to help WestSide Baby amass diapers for local babies/toddlers in need is just days away. This year Holy Rosary School is holding a diaper drive throughout its WestFest festival – 6-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday at the school, off SW Genesee north of 42nd SW. From organizers:

Did you know you can’t use food stamps to buy diapers and most day cares require you bring your own? An undiapered child is a health and safety concern that affects our entire community. That’s why we’re holding a diaper drive in support of WestSide Baby.

You’ll find collection bins all around the festival grounds. (Not familiar with WS Baby? Here’s what they do.) While you’re there, enjoy WestFest – games, rides, entertainment, food!

2018 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! How to be part of it

(WSB photo from 2017 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival)

It’s a little chilly, a little cloudy – technically still summer for another two weeks but it’s really feeling like fall. So – it’s time to talk about your opportunities for being part of this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 28th, in the street, in the heart of The Junction. New here? Here’s how the West Seattle Junction Association explains it:

Now in our seventh year, the Junction’s Harvest Festival has become a favorite event for West Seattle. With California Ave closed, the streets are filled with colorful farmers and local vendors, fun art activities for kids supported by West Seattle businesses and community groups, plus a costume parade lead by West Seattle High’s marching band, the Farmers Market Applepalooza and a root beer garden. The Harvest Festival is good community fun!

(Here’s our as-it-happened coverage from last year.)

*WSB is proud to be the Harvest Festival media sponsor again this year. The festival welcomes sponsors to help cover the costs of presenting a free and fun event for the community – want to be one? Go here to sign up!

*Can your business/organization provide a free arts-and-crafts activity booth during the festival? Go here to sign up!

*Can you provide chili for the West Seattle Food Bank-benefiting Chili Cookoff at the Harvest Festival? (Note that you must cook and prepare the chili in a commercial restaurant/facility.) To sign up, e-mail lora@wsjunction.org!

*The Root Beer Garden will be back for a second year and needs volunteers. Can you help? Go here to sign up!

And of course – you can be part of the festival by just showing up as a participant, spectator, chili taster, costume-parader, trick-or-treater … Whatever your plan, we’ll see you in The Junction on October 28th!

You’re invited to Camp Long for this year’s Mountain Fest

August 31, 2018 9:58 am
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(Schurman Rock photo courtesy Seattle Parks)

Just one week until the next Mountain Fest at Camp Long! Here’s the reminder from Seattle Parks:

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Camp Long for Camp Long Mountain Fest, a celebration of Seattle’s vibrant outdoor community and Camp Long’s place in mountaineering history. This free, family-friendly event will take place at the Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave. SW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

All participants of Mountain Fest will enjoy a day of free access to rock climbing, rappelling, mountain-themed games and activities, and opportunities for nature-based learning. Event participants can develop outdoor living skills and experience an array of programs offered by Camp Long and other local organizations.

Mountain Fest activities will be made accessible to all people, regardless of their experience level, allowing beginners, intermediate, and advanced climbers and adventurers of all ages to enjoy the event*.

The goal of Mountain Fest is to continue the tradition started by Judge William G. Long and Clark Schurman, two of the founders of Camp Long, of providing access to outdoor recreation and education to all people, particularly underserved youth.

For more information about the event, please call 206-684-7415. Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Associated Recreation Council, Mountain Madness, Vertical World, 4-H, and the Falconer.

*Space for climbing and ropes course is limited, so we encourage early arrival to the festival and sign-up. Waivers are required for all climbing activities and will be available at the lodge. Participants need to wear closed-toed shoes. High ropes course is limited to height and weight that fit harnesses and to those who have the physical ability to participate safely.

5 scenes from Arts In Nature Festival’s 2018 finale

August 26, 2018 11:07 pm
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Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

Joining a breakdance workshop with the DogPound Crew – above are Dan, Robert, and Sammy – was one of the many ways to spend the second and final day of the 2018 Arts In Nature Festival, presented at Camp Long by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. The dancers were inside the park’s historic lodge, but much more was happening outside – especially at the cabins:

Above, at Cabin 1, Degenerate Art Ensemble‘s “Skeleton Flower Seed Ceremony” invited people to anonymously share their stories of dealing with challenges. Below, at Cabin 7, Paul Kikuchi presented an interactive sound installation in collaboration with his brother Joel Kikuchi:

Visitors at “Robotic Ensemble” played traditional Japanese instruments remotely using low-fi robotic hands, blending with pre-recorded soundscapes. Meantime, at Cabin 8:

That’s part of Celeste Cooning‘s “Cut Paper Meets Digital Media.” All around Camp Long, art was happening, including Angelina Villalobos creating a painting:

This is the third year that DNDA has presented the festival, whose founding organization Nature Consortium became part of DNDA in 2016.

Dog Day @ West Seattle Beer and Music Festival

1:43 PM: The final afternoon of the first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival is under way, and you’re invited to bring your dog today. The spotlight right now is on the City Dog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search, on stage here at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW), with the $10 entry fee for that competition benefiting a rescue organization – and getting your dog primped for the occasion with experts to assist.

It’s not mandatory that you have a canine companion, of course – you do have to be 21+ to enter. If you were here Friday and/or Saturday, you are invited back today, too. Even if you’re not a major beer aficionado, other beverages are available courtesy of local purveyors – for example, Jay and Mike from Whisky West in Morgan Junction (WSB sponsor) is here with a cocktail they’re calling “Bring Us a Shrubbery”:

In it – Noble Oak bourbon, house-made strawberry shrub, Montenegro, simple syrup, and basil. Find it (and other local purveyors’ offerings in the Spirit Lounge area.) The festival continues until 6 pm; ticket info’s here.

2:21 PM: The dog judging’s under way now; host Joey Jeannot‘s announcing the contest onstage. He’s also pointed out that today’s food offerings include tacos from Matador as well as hot dogs and Sisters and Brothers Nashville-style fried-chicken sandwiches.

3:04 PM: 4-year-old Coral won this session of the model search!

(Substituted for our original cameraphone photo, above are Coral and her humans Audrey and Erica)

The competition’s over, but dogs remain welcome at the festival today.

DJ Indica Jones is spinning until 5 pm.

DAY 1: What you can see, hear, and do at the 2018 Arts In Nature Festival

August 25, 2018 5:11 pm
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Just back from Camp Long, where the first day of the Arts In Nature Festival continues until about 8:30 tonight. One of the unusual sights – Aaron Haba and more than 900 marigold plants. Tomorrow, they’ll be offered free to festivalgoers, and he hopes people will send him photos when they bloom – his plan is to turn the photos into a collage. We also noted West Seattle artist Natalie Fobes‘s work “Spring/Fall Convergence”:

While our photographer was at the festival, we received a note from Natalie, who explained:

This eight-piece exhibit celebrates the nature around us.

Each mobile is made of a single photograph that is printed on the front and back of one sheet of paper. Fall is represented on one side with Spring on the other.

As the wind catches the mobiles, two-dimensional photography becomes a kinetic three-dimensional experience for the viewer.

For the last couple years I’ve tried to figure out how to make photography more interactive and more than two-dimensional prints on a wall. For this exhibit I used over 800 fishing swivels and jewelry findings to put the mobiles together. (My apologies to the fishing community for buying all the size 10 swivels at Big 5 multiple times in the last few months!)

Thanks to the DNDA for choosing me as one of the artists for the Festival.

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, now parent organization to the festival-founding Nature Consortium, presents Arts In Nature, an experience for creating as well as viewing.

All ages are welcome to do that. And the arts are spoken and written as well as visual:

That’s Seth Zuckerman reading essays. The festival is indoor-outdoor … with artists and art throughout the park (which is at 5200 35th SW) including inside the historic lodge. Explore the website for full details, including the schedule and ticket info, before you go – highlights in the hours ahead are onstage in the field, with Naomi Wachira at 6 pm, Nikkita Oliver at 6:50, and music headliner Rev. Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir at 7:15. If you don’t get there tonight, the festival runs noon-6 pm Sunday too.

PHOTOS: 2018 West Seattle Car Show – see the winners!

11:48 AM: The rainshower’s over on Puget Ridge and spectators continue wandering the 11th annual West Seattle Car Show on the north side of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus! Show admission is free and you can get lunch for only $5:

The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is grilling burgers and hot dogs this year – you can get one with chips and water for only $5. That’s also what you’ll pay for tasting (five tastes, we hear) inside the Northwest Wine Academy, adjacent to the show zone:

Free kids’ activities inside, too. Back to the cars – bright colors under the gray skies!

West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors) are co-presenting the show this year, and proceeds are supporting SSC’s Automotive Technology program (which you can tour while you’re here) – you can help by buying 50/50 Raffle tickets ($1 each or 25 for $20) at the show tent on the east side of the lot – T-shirts for sale too, plus that’s where you can cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award. (Trophies get handed out starting at 2, so get here by then!)

1:44 PM: The winners have been notified and are moving up to their front. If you were still planning to come to the show, hurry! Meantime, one of the nice folks who have stopped by our booth to say hi (thanks, everybody!) shared some photos from a West Seattle car show of the past:

The Alki car show called it quits some years back. The photo provider said the pics were from the late ’80s/early ’90s. Meantime, we’ll update this with today’s winners later!

9:40 PM: The winners’ list (as best we could transcribe – if any spelling corrections, please let us know! Meantime, we’re still adding photos):

Up to 1939 – ’39 Ford, Rich Edmondson

1940-1949 – Cadillac Coupe, Nick Mastradea

1950-1959 – ’56 Chevy Magoo

1960-1969 – ’69 Mustang, Vern Enns

1970-1979 – ’76 Buick Wagon, Chuck Houston

1980-1994 – ’94 Corvette, Robert B.

1995-present – 2018 Camaro, Mike Thomas

Best Truck – 1969 Chevy, Sean T. Wiggins

Best European – MG MAG, Mike McCullough

Best Muscle Car – ’68 Chevelle, Fred Collins

Best (car owned by someone) Under 21 – 1991 BMW, Blake Cotton

Best Survivor – 1979 Lincoln, Chuck Houston

Best Modified – 1960 Falcon, Randall Ricci

Wild Card – 2018 Polaris, Jon Catlow

Double winner, People’s Choice and Best Woman-Owned Car – ’55 Ford Fairlane, Carrie LeBlanc

Judges’ Trophy – Corey Parkhurst’s DeLorean

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Beer and Music Festival, night 1

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The first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival has begun! The boards up outside the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction tell you what’s happening – including the featured restaurants and breweries.

It’s not just brewers who are in the spotlight, it’s also local beer specialists like The Beer Junction:

From left are Chris, Allison, and Morgan. The festival’s on until 10 pm; part of the proceeds benefit WestSide Baby.

The Masonic Center is at 4736 40th SW, and you can get your tickets – which include food and drink – here. Tomorrow has two sessions, afternoon and evening, and then the festival finale is Sunday afternoon, when you’re invited to bring your pup.

FRIDAY: First day for first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival

Tomorrow evening, it begins: The first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival, four sessions over three days at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW). Here are the highlights at a glance:

That’s just part of what’ll be offered. As the organizers explain, “Our goal is to provide craft beer drinkers with an amazing selection of unique beers so they can discover new and old favorites. … Not only will there be craft beer, the festival will feature ‘Sips and Bites’ from our local culinary stars pairing up with festival brewmasters and funky local bands & Dj’s keeping us movin’.” It’s a “cashless” festival – food and drink tokens are included in the ticket prices; see the options here – including VIP levels if you’re interested – for the Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon sessions. Sunday, you can bring your dog(s)! All three days are 21+

P.S. The featured breweries are listed here.

COUNTDOWN: 4 days to 19th annual Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long!

August 21, 2018 1:26 pm
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(WSB photo from 2017 Arts in Nature Festival)

By this weekend, the air is expected to be clearer, and that’s a good thing given the number of big outdoor events on the schedule! Among them: The 19th annual Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long, presented by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. The festival spans both Saturday and Sunday, with visual and performing artists all around the sprawling, forest-and-meadow West Seattle park. You can see the full schedule here; find out more about the artists here. As explained here, this isn’t just a festival where you go to watch and listen – it’s also a festival where you experience and create. (And don’t miss what’s happening in and around the cabins!) You will be inspired and stirred on Saturday night by musical headliners Total Experience Gospel Choir, led by Rev. Pat Wright, who’s talking about retirement, so this might be one of your last chances to see and hear her! Festival hours are noon-9 pm Saturday and noon-6 pm Sunday; tickets are discounted when you buy online in advance, so do that here ASAP! (WSB is a co-sponsor of this year’s festival.)

HAPPENING NOW: Fun ways to learn @ Duwamish River Festival

August 18, 2018 3:33 pm
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Still time to get to this year’s Duwamish River Festival (at Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S., until 5 pm), where you can learn about the river by getting out onto it, or talking to people about it.

That’s James Rasmussen, coordinator of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, from whom we found out there’s a community meeting Wednesday about June’s barge fire on the river. (More on that in a separate story.) Along with information, the festival is also a cultural celebration:

Dancers from the Somali Youth Community Center were onstage while we were there – we published the full entertainment lineup in today’s daily highlights list. They were followed by Vietnamese community performers, including a dancer who specializes in cha-cha:

And the many organizations and city departments there include Seattle Parks, with some hands-on education about river wildlife:

Go learn, play, and watch!

COUNTDOWN: 1 week to first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival!

Got your ticket(s) yet for the first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival? It’s now one week away! The festival spans Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, presented by local organizers at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW). We have more information today about its highlights, including the music lineup, which the WSBMF team describes as “based on soul and funk”:


The Sips and Bites schedule is a great lineup of WS restaurants paired up with festival breweries for a pop-up food and beer pairing.

*VIP Showcase Sip and Bites Pairing features Raccolto restaurant and Deschutes Brewery Friday night

*Saturday Day VIP Showcase: Admiral Bird sweet and savory waffles and the WS Taprooms (Beer Junction, Ounces Taproom, and Beveridge Place ) and their surprise brewery!

*Saturday night VIP Showcase: Hitchcock Deli in Georgetown and Urban Family Brewing!

Friday night also features
*B’s Po Boy and Hellbent Brewing Company
*Arthurs and Machine House Brewery

Saturday day session also includes
*Matador and Modern Times Beer
*Roxbury Lanes and Rainier Brewery
*Full Tilt Ice Cream and Ten Pin Brewing

Saturday night session also includes
*The Point and Mac and Jacks
*West Seattle Bowl and pFriem Family
*Pesos Caribbean Food and Seattle-Lite Brewery

The festival also will feature the Barrel Lounge – “an incredible list of breweries and Barrel-Aged Beers and Library Beers” – as well as the Spirits Lounge, “a collaboration of four WS restaurants and four spirits,” each pairing resulting in one specialty cocktail. And did we mention that Sunday is “Dog Day,” including the CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Search? Organizers also want you to know, “If you purchase a ticket to Friday or Saturday sessions, that gives you free re-entry on Sunday, but you must have your bracelet and glass for re-entry!” There’s more to say but we’ll have to save it for another preview this weekend. Or – you can go explore the West Seattle Beer and Music Festival website right now, and buy your ticket(s) online too.

COUNTDOWN: 9 days until 2018 West Seattle Car Show!

August 16, 2018 1:27 pm
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(WSB photo, August 2017)

Still a lot of summer left – with big events ahead, including the 2018 West Seattle Car Show, presented again this year by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (both WSB sponsors). It’s happening 10 am-3 pm Saturday, August 25th, in the huge lot on the north side of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus. If you have a vehicle to show off, pre-registration is closed but you’re welcome to show up starting at 8 am on show day and sign up on the spot (info’s here). For visitors, admission is free and this year will include:

*City-presented Don’t Drip and Drive inspections

*SSC Automotive Technology students (whose program is supported by show proceeds) will be doing bulb safety checks

*West Seattle Kiwanis will be barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs you can buy for lunch

*Northwest Wine Academy‘s wine garden open for wine and coffee; kids activities will be set up there too


*Adjacent Seattle Chinese Garden will be open for tours

This is the 11th year of the West Seattle Car Show, and WSB is a co-sponsor again this year – see you there!

SPF30, PM REPORT: Sub Pop Records’ Alki celebration crescendo


6:58 PM: Evening is here and the final frenetic few hours of Sub Pop Records’ 30th-birthday party SPF30 are beginning. The crowd is thickening by the minute, and some are watching from the water:

Mudhoney‘s set is minutes away on the Harsh Realm stage at 57th/Alki. Shabazz Palaces is wrapping their set on the east side of the Bathhouse. More to come!

7:39 PM: Having some challenges with one signal provider so we’re behind on evening images. We will of course add when we can! Meanwhile, eyes on the sky:

Only the briefest of showers in the past six-plus hours. Just needs to hold out a few more.

8:32 PM: As featured in our first report, here’s the KEXP video stream:

At 9 pm, they’re scheduled to stream the last act of the night, Father John Misty. Here’s their clip of Beach House, the 8 pm band:

This is all supposed to end at 10 – remember that The Junction invites you to downtown West Seattle’s afterparty, including a DJ at West 5 (4539 California SW; WSB sponsor).

9:12 PM: Our Mudhoney clip remains stuck in cell hell. But Barry Devenney sent this photo of the crowd, during the band’s last song:

We just caught part of Father John Misty’s set, too. Lots more to add when we get back to HQ.

12:06 AM: Evening scenes! The crowd:

Hot Snakes:


Shabazz Palaces:

Beach House:


Here’s video by Tony Welch:

Father John Misty:

(Added Sunday: Video by Mark Jaroslaw:)

And as the party wrapped … Admiral Way was lined with people awaiting various forms of transportation, while the big tour-bus-size shuttles provided by Sub Pop circulated past.

P.S. We’re also adding more to our first report, which covered the afternoon and very-early evening.

SPF30, 1ST REPORT: Sub Pop party is rocking Alki, rain and shine

(SPF30 INFOLINKS: Music schedule here … transportation info here … food truck/vendor/etc. list here … video streaming here)

1:36 PM: At the Punky Stage on Alki Playfield, Caspar Babypants sang “Here Comes the Sun” shortly after opening his set at SPF30

It seems to have worked – we’re in a sunbreak as we type, starting our coverage of the huge Sub Pop Records 30th-birthday party, which is on at 4 stages (plus beer gardens, tents, and more) until 10 pm. The playfield is paradise for kids – along the west side, a big gathering of bouncy toys:

In the middle of the playfield, vendor/community tents include Alki Elementary PTA, steps from their school (here’s what they’re selling):

And the C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) tent makes its debut, with cold brew:

(Photo courtesy Bryan Jones)

Our coverage is just getting started. If you’re headed here, a few things you should know – really, don’t even try to park within a mile of Alki – we tried it before 1 pm and can vouch for the neighborhoods south of Admiral being full up. Meantime, Carolyn Newman sends a photo of the wait for the Water Taxi shuttle at Seacrest:

(Here’s all the Water Taxi info for today.) If you just can’t get here – KEXP is video-streaming some of the bands. Clicking the “play” button for this YouTube window should get you to their stream:

Here’s the streaming schedule.

2:18 PM: We’re still near the Punky stage, where The Not-Its are playing now.

Also among the organizations in mid-playfield booths, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, beneficiaries of some fundraising today including the guitar that’s being auctioned … demonstrated here by West Seattle’s highest-ranking politician:

(If you’re new, he’s King County Executive Dow Constantine.) Thanks to Clay Eals for that photo. Want to read about and/or bid on the guitar? Go here. Also note that SWSHS’s Log House Museum here on Alki (61st SW/SW Stevens) IS open today, and you can check out the new “Sound Spots” music exhibit there until 4 pm.

3:23 PM UPDATE: We’ve just wandered the rest of the site. Most of the food trucks are along 59th just south of Alki Ave (with a few others scattered elsewhere):

59th is also where you’ll find bike parking, on the tennis court:

Along Alki Ave. are the three stages – Loma just performed at the Flippity-Flop stage on the east side of Alki Bathhouse:

Nearby, just west of the KEXP booth, a water-bottle-refilling station:

In general, it’s not too crowded yet – still room to roam from the streets to the spectator zones. And the weather has behaved for the past few hours.

5:17 PM: The crowd is building. Here’s a quick clip of Clipping, last hour:

Each of the three main stages has two acts ahead, including the Fastbacks, scheduled to get going about now at the Loser stage (west side of Alki Bathhouse), Hot Snakes also set to have started minutes ago at the Harsh Realm stage on Alki Ave. at 57th. Meantime, transportation is still busy – someone we know was passed by enough full Route 50 buses to give up and walk here.

6:03 PM: The two aforementioned bands:

LATE NIGHT NOTES: We’ve added a few photos above. And if you haven’t already seen it, our evening coverage continued here.

HAPPENING NOW: Join your neighbors at Delridge Day 2018

August 11, 2018 12:13 pm
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Rain or shine, Delridge Day 2018 is on! Until 3 pm, lots of fun – and free food:

The hot dogs are courtesy of the Seattle Police Foundation, which sponsors the citywide Precinct Picnics, including the one that’s part of Delridge Day. You can also get a look at SPD specialty units’ gear, including the Dive Team:

Find out about community groups, too, including the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club:

Other groups, organizations, and agencies include Sound Transit, which is there to answer your questions about West Seattle light-rail planning. And you can enjoy music, dance, and other performances – see the schedule in our calendar. It’s all happening in the park at Delridge/Genesee/26th (with co-sponsors including WSB).

Also tomorrow: Go play at Delridge Day!

August 10, 2018 9:13 pm
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(WSB file photo)

One more reminder that tomorrow also brings this year’s Delridge Day – with kids’ field games planned along with music, cultural performances, vendors, community organizations, SPD’s Southwest Precinct Picnic (with free treats!), and skateboarding demos/competitions. It’s all happening at Delridge Community Center Park and the adjacent Delridge Skatepark, 11 am-3 pm Saturday, free! From our calendar listing, here are some of the scheduling specifics:

Main Music Stage

11 am Mode Music Studios students
12 Quarter Past 8 (rock)
1 pm Burley Mountain (country)
2 pm Moon Girl (ballads)

Cultural Stage

12 Dance Brazil (will be an adult and a youth performance)
1:15 Arabaka Trio
2:15 Otoqui Reyes e Hijos de Agüeybaná

The park is along SW Genesee between Delridge Way SW and 26th Avenue SW.

2 days to SPF30 on Alki Beach: Food trucks, vendors, nonprofits you’ll find there

We’ve obtained even more advance info about SPF30 – the 30th-anniversary party for Sub Pop Records – at Alki Beach this Saturday, noon-10 pm. We mentioned a couple well-known local vendors in our previous preview – now, the full list of who and what you’ll find:

Food Trucks

Dumpling Tzar
Falafel Salam
Full Tilt Ice Cream
Grilled Cheeze Experience
Kiss My Grits
Little Yellow Food Truck / El Chapulin Oaxaqueno
Nosh Food
Rain City Hot Dogs
Soda Jerk
Tat’s Deli
Thai U Up
Where Ya At Matt


C & P Coffee
Husky Deli Ice Cream
Landscapes Cafe

SPF30 Retail Booth vendors

Alki Elementary PTA (face painting, etc.)
Barsuk Records
Caspar Babypants
Goatfish Board Game (West Seattle company)
K Records
Light in the Attic
Motley Zoo
Scarecrow Video
School Of Rock
She Shreds
Sublime Frequencies

Flatstock – poster sale
Poster artists:

Andrew Saeger
Barry Blankenship
Chelsea Wirtz
Eric Carnell
Kelsey Gallo
Mike Klay
Nichole Thompson
Rebecca Pirowitz
Shogo Ota
Victor Melendez

SPF30 Non-Profit Table List (Alki Avenue)

Advice Booth w/ Galeet & Geri
Historic Seattle
Puget Soundkeeper
Skate Like A Girl
Southwest Seattle Historical Society
STG Youth & Community Outreach programs
Totem Star
Vera Project
(added) Village of Hope/Black Prisoners Caucus
Washington Bus
Washington Ceasefire
West Seattle Helpline
Yes to SCS

Other helpful info:
Transportation/transit/parking/road closures
Band lineup/set times
KEXP‘s streaming plans

Anything you still want to know? We’re planning at least one more preview before Saturday arrives.