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COUNTDOWN: 3 days until 2019 West Seattle Beer and Music Festival!

Three days to go until the West Seattle Beer and Music Festival this Friday and Saturday at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction, and that video is another invitation for you to be part of the fun. Before summer ends, it’s one last big party, celebrating – what else? – beer and music. WSBMF also celebrates and strengthens the West Seattle Food Bank, which benefits from part of the proceeds, especially a new feature this year, the .5K Run for Food at 2:45 pm Saturday. Here’s the festival lineup – what you’ll drink and who you’ll see/hear 5-10 pm Friday, 3-10 pm Saturday (with 1:30 earlybird entrance if you get a VIP ticket), plus the #NotDoneYet afterparty both nights. Don’t have your ticket(s) yet? Go here!

THINK FALL! West Seattle Harvest Festival returning; here’s how to be part of it

(October 2018 photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

The West Seattle Junction’s fall celebration, the Harvest Festival, will return for its eighth year on Sunday, October 27th, 10 am-2 pm. Even though that’s more than two months away, The Junction is signing up sponsors/activity providers now, if you’d like to be part of the festival. If you’re new, here’s how it works: The West Seattle Farmers’ Market is on California SW between Oregon and Alaska that day as usual, but the block to the south is closed too as well as part of SW Alaska (just like Summer Fest!) for free kids’ activities and other highlights – a costume parade, chili cookoff, and root-beer garden are usually part of the celebration. If you’re interested in sponsorship, go here!

COUNTDOWN: 10 days to 2019 West Seattle Beer & Music Festival

That’s a video invitation to the 2019 West Seattle Beer and Music Festival on August 23-24, now just 10 days away at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW). Here’s your reminder of what it’s all about:

Sponsored by Beer Star, West Seattle Beer and Music Festival creates an outdoor, summer party vibe, ideal for fostering connections amongst the community. Patrons can taste beers from over 20 local and national breweries while grooving to a mix of funk and soul musical acts.

It was started by West Seattle beer and food entrepreneur Joe Jeannot, who felt there was a need for this type of event: “I’ve always wanted to throw a beer festival. West Seattle doesn’t have a lot of festivals so I thought this was the perfect neighborhood to launch. I just love bringing people together, I’ve been doing it my whole life.”

New this year is a Run4Food .5k race benefiting West Seattle Food Bank, the festival’s charity partner. The costumed .5k race takes place at 2:45 PM on Saturday, August 24th, just before General Admission gates open at 3 PM. Individuals can purchase tickets for $40, groups of six for $230. $10 of every individual ticket and $50 of every group ticket goes to West Seattle Food Bank. Admission includes entry to the Saturday session of the festival, tasting tokens, and a glass. Awards for top qualifiers and best team costume will be given by race sponsor, Project 968.

As a city, Seattle knows its beer. According to Forbes magazine, Seattle has the 9th-most breweries per capita of all US cities, and the third-most microbreweries overall. The Festival’s carefully-curated selection of beers aims to keep even Seattleites with the most experienced palettes satisfied. The selection will be wide-ranging, with a focus on specialty batches.

“I love specialty beers that start a conversation and make you check the nose, look and taste the beer,” says Jeannot. “I tried to assemble those at the festival.”

The music stage is headlined by New York based teacher-turned-rapper Mega Ran, whom Noisey once called ‘your new favorite rapper’. Last year’s crowd favorite Marmalade headlines the music stage Friday night. For those that don’t want the party to end, there are nightly after parties DJ’d by DJ Indica Jones – beloved amongst Seattle’s hip, underground dance scene. Dogs are also welcome in the Festival on Saturday the 24th from 1-5 PM.

The best ticket deal is two-day VIP, which includes admission to the festival both days with early admission Saturday for an exclusive tasting event, entry to the nightly #NotDoneYetAfterParty, and an exclusive tasting glass with 20 taste tokens to use throughout the weekend. Tickets available online from Stranger Tickets. A portion of each ticket sale goes to West Seattle Food Bank.

See the music and beer lineups here. And if you live nearby – here’s a special notice for you:

NEXT WEEKEND: Duwamish River Festival and post-festival boat tour

August 11, 2019 2:49 pm
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(WSB photo from 2018 Duwamish River Festival)

Kayaking will again be part of the Duwamish River Festival this year. It’s happening next Saturday (August 17th) at Duwamish Waterway Park on the river in South Park (7900 10th Ave. S.), noon-5 pm. This will be the 13th annual festival, and it’s always educational as well as entertainment, with information about the river’s history and the ongoing cleanups. Live music and cultural presentations are planned too, according to the festival coordinators at the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition – with performers/presenters including Hurati Mana, NW Tap Connection, Amigos de Seattle, Kalpulli Tlaloktekhuhtli, Angeles de MX, Thai Classical Music and Dance, among others. A free boat tour of the river is scheduled post-festival, 6 pm from Harbor Island Marina; preregistration has already maxed out but the boat-tour ticket page says, “A limited number of additional tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis” at the festival – check at the City of Seattle booth.

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!

SATURDAY: Backpack giveaway @ Delridge Day!

August 9, 2019 1:25 pm
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(WSB photo from 2017 Delridge Day)

If you have elementary-, middle-, and/or high-school students in your family and they need backpacks for school, you’ll want to visit tomorrow’s Delridge Day festival. While supplies last, at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), Eastridge Church will be on site giving away 500 backpacks filled with school supplies as part of Delridge Day. No pre-registration or proof of need required; it’s the eighth year the church – also known for its pre-Thanksgiving turkey giveaway – has done this. The festival’s happening in and around the center 11 am-3 pm tomorrow; see this preview for more about what’s planned.

COUNTDOWN: What you’ll find at Delridge Day 2019 this Saturday

Two days until our area’s next big festival. Delridge Day, with co-sponsors including WSB. Organizers have just sent this update on what you’ll find:

The 2019 Delridge Day festival is this Saturday, August 10th, from 11 AM-3 PM at Delridge Community Center and Park [Delridge/Genesee]. This year’s festival will be our largest yet, with 50+ booths in our community area, and a number of new and returning festival features:

Rain City West Printing is sponsoring “The Eight Circle of Del” regional skateboard competition in the skatepark this year! The competition will be going on all day with registration beginning at 10:00 am, so don’t miss out on the chance to show off your skills and win some cool prizes for competitors of all ages! Registration is FREE and helmets are required.

Don’t know how to skate yet or feel intimidated by the skatepark? Skate Like a Girl will be back this year to offer lessons. Skate Like a Girl is a nonprofit organization empowering individuals, especially young womxn, to become strong, confident leaders who promote and implement equity through the vehicle of skateboarding. They believe that skateboarding is a tool to build confidence, resilience, and foster inclusive community.

Family-friendly martial-arts demonstrations will be on display thanks to local business Combat Arts Academy of Seattle, which offers programs for all ages and skill levels – whether you want to learn self-defense, get into shape, compete, or just have fun… they have a class for you, designed to help you reach your goals.

Once again, FREE picnic food will be provided as part of the annual Southwest Precinct Picnic, with support from returning sponsor the Seattle Police Foundation. Precinct Picnics provide opportunities for each precinct’s surrounding neighborhoods to come together and enjoy an afternoon of celebration with the officers who protect their families and businesses. The Seattle Police Department plans to make many officers and units available. Last year, they brought cars, a K-9 police officer, their Mounted Patrol (that happen to be based right here in our Delridge neighborhood), a Bomb Squad robot that was offering candy, and free ice cream and popcorn.

Our TWO entertainment stages will feature another great lineup of local live music and cultural groups as always, supported by returning sponsor PNTA, your experts in theatre and stage equipment:

· Khmer Dancers
· Brazilian Dancers
· Polynesian singer John Fanene
· Jazz Night School Band
· and much more…

We are excited to announce that this year’s GreenLife Festival, a dedicated summer programming area curated by Sustainable West Seattle. The mission of GreenLife is to facilitate a public space where topics of sustainability can be demonstrated and realized. Come check out their booths and learn about local initiatives to promote sustainability in West Seattle and beyond. Along with information, Alki Bike & Board will be hosting e-bike tours of the Puget Ridge Edible Park project and Diver Laura will have the VR Virtual Salish Sea on site!

And if that isn’t enough, our local Seattle Emergency Hubs group will be hosting the Urban Survival Skills Fair, offering an opportunity to gain a variety of preparedness-related skills and useful knowledge from experts!

The VieWS planning committee would like to give a shout-out to our Feature Sponsors, Rain City West Printing and Port of Seattle. We also want to recognize our Community Sponsors: Alki Bike & Board, Combat Arts Academy of Seattle, Nucor, PNTA, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and Seattle Public Utilities.

We are also supported by a generous grant from 4Culture, which provides funding and support for the cultural work that makes King County vibrant! And we are proud to be recognized as a Seafair community festival.

Without them, our other sponsors, and all of our volunteers, none of this would be possible! The sponsorship and vendor fees not only support the festival but also allow us to give back to the community, as VieWS will continue our tradition of donating a percentage of all fees to the ARC (Associated Recreational Council), which provides money to fund scholarships for Community Center classes at the Delridge Community Center, and to a local organization helping to educate and connect our neighbors.

We’ll be on site covering Delridge Day as it happens. See you there!

COUNTDOWN: West Seattle Beer and Music Festival returns August 23-24

July 31, 2019 12:30 pm
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(Photo by Yvonne Chan)

Even with August almost here, a whole lot of summer fun is still to come. The West Seattle Beer and Music Festival is back for a second year, August 23-24 at the Alki Masonic Center, and you can still buy tickets at earlybird prices. Highlights as announced by organizers:

More than 20 breweries from the Northwest and beyond will be pouring 40+ beers.

The musical lineup features an eclectic mix of funk and soul acts, including New York-based Mega Ran and last year’s fan favorites Marmalade. DJ Indica Jones will be DJ-ing a nightly after-party for those who aren’t ready for the party to end.

New this year is a .5k Run4Food (no, that is not a typo, it really is only .5k!) that benefits the West Seattle Food Bank, taking place on August 24th. Tickets for the costumed and comically short fun run can be purchased for $40 for individuals and $230 for groups of six. Run tickets include admission to the festival on Saturday, tasting tokens, and a glass. Better yet, $10 of every individual ticket for the run and $50 of every group ticket goes back to the West Seattle Food Bank.

The festival hours will be 5-10 pm Friday, 3-10 pm Saturday (with an early-entry option for VIP ticket purchasers). You can find more info and/or buy tickets by going here – earlybird prices through August 11th. P.S. This is a 21+ event.

COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks until Delridge Day 2019!

July 27, 2019 10:38 pm
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(WSB photo, Delridge Day 2018)

After this weekend’s Alki Art Fair, West Seattle’s next summer festival is on August 10th – Delridge Day. It’s happening 11 am-3 pm at the Delridge Community Center park and the adjacent skatepark, and organizers say it’ll be bigger than ever. One new feature: The Sustainable West Seattle GreenLife Expo, formerly part of Summer Fest in The Junction, is moving to Delridge Day this year. The SPD Picnic in the Precinct is part of Delridge Day again this year. So are dozens of vendors and community organizations. Entertainment and kids’ activities too. And a skating competition (here’s the flyer). The park’s at Delridge/Genesee. We’ll be reporting from the festival as it happens – see you there on Saturday, August 10!

AT THE BEACH: Alki Art Fair 2019, day 1

In perfect counterpoint to the gray-ish sky, brightness is everywhere at the Alki Art Fair – from boardwalk chalk art (above) to ~120 artist/vendor booths:

You can listen to live music (here’s the schedule):

(Angela Soffe Band)

Or if you’re of a certain age, you can play in the kid zone set up by soon-to-open Alki playspace Outer Space Seattle:

Go into the Bathhouse to bid on silent-auctions donated to raise money to help keep the festival free for attendees:

Booths are open until 6 tonight (and again 10-6 Sunday) with music continuing until 9 on the main stage (when you visit, also check out the busker stage at the west end of the boardwalk, which we’re sponsoring again this year). Even if you’re not biking, walking, or busing to the beach, you can still go without worrying about parking – a free shuttle is running between Alki and the Admiral District (California/Admiral by the Chevron station) and the park-and-ride under the bridge.

COUNTDOWN: 3 days until Alki Art Fair – here’s the music lineup!

July 24, 2019 9:54 am
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Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy more than “just” the sun and sea at Alki Beach – the annual Alki Art Fair is happening both days! We’re among the community co-sponsors again this year. From festival organizers explain that you’ll find more than at=rt:

What’s better than music, beer, wine and the beach on a summer weekend in West Seattle? Join the festivities at the Main Bathhouse Stage (sponsored by Canna West Culture Shop), featuring live music and performances throughout the weekend from 10 am – 9 pm on Saturday, July 27 and 10 am – 6 pm on Sunday, July 28. Rock, blues, jazz, folk, theatrical performances, yoga – with 18 performances, there’s a little something for everyone! Catch acts like Tobias the Owl (the award-winning musical collective), Angela Soffe Band, Payge Turner, Tiger Rider, The Odd Kids, Steel Beans, Annie O’Neill Band, and Sam Cobra. Come down to the beach Sunday morning for FREE yoga with Limber Yoga. Plus head down the promenade to the Community Stage hosted by West Seattle Blog for additional acoustic performances and more. See the full Bathhouse stage music lineup and schedule here (and above).

While you enjoy the views and performances, the beer & wine garden (a new addition to the fair) will serve up tasty local sips from Two Beers Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Seattle Cider and Charles Smith Wines. All proceeds support the fair and keeping it free for the community.

In addition to the music lineup, the fair has a lot to offer—an expanded artist lineup, larger kids zone (hosted by Outer Space Seattle), more interactive art activities and the new beer and wine garden. Best of all, it’s on the beach, free and easy to get to with free shuttles (sponsored by Therapeutic Associates – West Seattle) running a loop between the Admiral Junction and the Park n’ Ride under the West Seattle Bridge.

The shuttle stop in Admiral is on the northwest corner of California/Admiral, by the Chevron station.

NEXT WEEKEND: Alki Art Fair 2019! Here’s what’s happening

(2018 WSB photo)

West Seattle’s big summer events continue next weekend with the two-day Alki Art Fair! To help you get there, a shuttle is planned again this year:

As for what you’ll find at the AAF (with WSB among the community sponsors), here’s the announcement with the toplines:

When: Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 (10 am – 6 pm with music until 9 pm on Saturday)
Where: Alki Beach Park

Take in the colorful views while strolling the promenade, as you sip, eat and shop among the expansive lineup of artists, makers, and performers to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of our local arts and culture.

Event Highlights:

120+ local artists & crafters selling works in a variety of media including painting, pottery, glass, textiles, metal, jewelry, & more.

Live music and performances throughout the weekend on the Main Stage (adjacent to the beach) and busker stage along the promenade. We’ll feature rock, blues, jazz, kids’ music, theatrical performances and more including the award-winning musical collective, Tobias the Owl.

Beer & wine garden near the beach and main stage.

Interactive kid zone & mural cube hosted by Outer Space Seattle (the galactic indoor play space for kids of all abilities).

Live art & demonstrations by internationally recognized chalk artist Naomi Haverland and more.

Silent auction in the historic Alki Bathhouse featuring unique items from local artists and businesses.

Local food line-up features a range of sweet, savory, spicy, and delicious options.

Sunday morning yoga on the beach hosted by Limber Yoga from 9-10 am.

FREE shuttle bus from the West Seattle Park n’ Ride Lot and Admiral Junction to make getting there stress-free.

We”ll continue the countdown through the week.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest 2019’s final few hours


2:56 PM: What’s more summery than a bright floral backdrop? Victoria is modeling the selfie backdrop outside VAIN (WSB sponsor) on the west side of California south of Oregon – which awaits you before West Seattle Summer Fest wraps up at 5 pm. Also in the floral vein, a fleeting sighting:

It was on the corner of California/Alaska by the Fitness Together (WSB sponsor) booth … and then suddenly it was gone. Meantime, Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) has had visiting goats since about 1, scheduled to depart shortly:

But some festival features continue until the festival ends at 5 … like mural painting, either in Junction Plaza Park with West Seattle Art Nest or in the game zone north of Oregon with Stacey Sterling:

The finished creations will eventually be on display in The Junction.

3:28 PM: Three stages AND the open space here at Walk All Ways, if you’re looking for festival happenings:

The Community Stage just hosted the kids’ pie-eating contest – here are the contenders beforehand:

Speaking of kids and food – simplifying family mealtime is the mission of Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor):

They’re here at Summer Fest to talk with you – but year-round you’ll find them on the lower east side of Jefferson Square. As we’ve been spotlighting, the Summer Fest shopping scene is a massive mix of year-round businesses with special sales, West Seattle businesses from elsewhere on the peninsula visiting (like Dream Dinners), and visiting vendors like this one:

Up at the California (main) Stage, we dropped in during the Fix performance a bit earlier:

The Boss Martians at 4 pm wrap up the main-stage schedule. More to come.

4:17 PM: Final hour. So we wandered up to the main stage:

Here at California/Alaska, we have a balloon artist on the Easy Street Records corner and buskers playing at two other corners. The QFC booth across from us is selling everything for $2 (except the $1 water). Starting to fold up their orange umbrellas, too.

4:45 PM: That reminded us of Oranj, the company that declares it has the coolest T-shirts – local themes like these:

If you haven’t been there yet, they’re midblock on the east side of California between Alaska and Edmunds. Not far from the Wooden Instrument Stage, where Joe Ross was closing things out for an audience enjoying the shade:

Overall, the weather has been outstanding all weekend – not hot, not cold. A little overcast here and there, but ultimately sunshine all three days. … Though breakdown is starting now, it’ll be hours before the Junction streets are fully cleared, so detours and reroutes (linked above) will continue until then.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest 2019, final day, first report


10:57 AM: That’s the Community Stage in Junction Plaza Park, where our District 1 City Council candidates’ forum kicks off the programming for this final day of West Seattle Summer Fest, at noon, about an hour from now. We’re already almost an hour into the festival finale, and the big question here at the Information Booth (California/Alaska) is “where’s the Farmers’ Market?” Answer:

Right behind the KeyBank building, directly south of the kids’ area. Meantime, if you’ve wondered, no major incidents of note reported so far this weekend – SPD always has a sizable presence; this photo shows two groups of patrol officers gathered just before the festival opened at 10:

As we type, officers are looking for a lost child; we have dealt with about half a dozen lost/found children so far, usually resolved quickly, but if you need help with a situation and don’t find an officer fast, come to the Info Booth. It’s also where you’ll find community groups, festival T-shirts ($27 cash, while they last). And these free neighborhood-pride buttons (east side of the booth):

More coverage to come!

11:43 AM: Also in Junction Plaza Park starting at noon, the third and final day of mural-making with West Seattle Art Nest:

The other community mural in progress is up at the giant-games (free to play!) area north of Oregon on California. And just east of the festival-food zone on SW Alaska, there’s a Seattle Fire crew with an amazing festival view:

We’re headed that way to get ready for the candidate forum, which will go until at least 1 pm. See you after that! (Lots of other cool folks holding down the Info Booth in the meantime.)

1:12 PM: Back in the booth! Thanks to everyone who came to see and hear the candidates – our forum lasted about an hour and included many of the questions asked by readers. We took this pic just before starting:

We’ll have coverage with video on WSB tonight or tomorrow. Meanwhile, just under four more hours to enjoy Summer Fest! The Community Stage will feature:
2:30 pm – Lavender Lucy
3 pm – Kids’ Pie-Eating Contest
3:15 pm – Sue Quigley
4;15 pm – Big Tooth

On the California Stage:

now – Projections on a Wall
2 pm – Fix
3 pm – Frond
4 pm – Boss Martians

And the Wooden Instrument Stage has acoustic music going until at least 4:30, too.

VIDEO: Blackie rocks West Seattle Summer Fest 2019 night 2 to a close

July 14, 2019 1:13 am
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A spectacular Saturday at West Seattle Summer Fest closed out with the Blondie tribute band Blackie on the main stage, introduced by Troy Nelson and Brent Amaker:

Lead singer is Dejha Colantuono:

On keyboards, Erin Rubin, proprietor of West Seattle’s own Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor), part of a big Mode representation/influence at this year’s festival:

One more big day of music-and-more at Summer Fest on Sunday – see the schedule for all three stages here.

West Seattle Summer Fest 2019: Saturday evening coverage


6:06 PM: Art is part of this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest, more than ever. Above, Blue Geisha Tattoo is working on a Hedy Lamarr mural up by the California (main) Stage. That’s where Jeremy Enigk is playing right now:

Back in the booth zone, we found Phoebe from Spa Phoebe (new at Fauntleroy/Edmunds) with her pal Franklin:

We’ve even seen a cat at the festival:

6:25 PM: It’s not too soon to start reminding you that the West Seattle Farmers’ Market IS happening tomorrow – but it’ll be in the KeyBank lot (its old home) since the festival’s at the street. And since the market starts at 10 am, the festival does too (in past years, the official start time on Sunday has been 11 am, but we’ve noticed the wandering starts earlier, so this year the festival does too). Back to the entertainment – Balorico is leading salsa lessons on the Community Stage in Junction Plaza Park right now:

The Community Stage has one more scheduled act tonight – 7 pm, The Spider Ferns. Then tomorrow at noon, we are moderating a Summer Fest candidates’ forum with the City Council District 1 trio, Lisa Herbold, Brendan Kolding, and Phil Tavel. Ballots will be mailed next Wednesday so it’s almost time to start voting! Join us in the park on Sunday. Also tomorrow, note that the pie-eating contest has moved to 3 pm.

7:16 PM: We’re folding up the Info Booth for the night. Here’s a pan from inside earlier today:

Things are a little quieter now, but not by much! #1 question is “where’s the California Stage?” Answer: Up by the post office. It’s where you’ll find Night Beats (7:30), Jenn Champion (8:30), and Blackie (10 pm).

P.S. Thanks to the many people who have stopped to say hi. We’ve heard Summer Fest called the “West Seattle Reunion,” with so many people seeing neighbors and friends old and new, and that happens for us every year too.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest day 2, first report


11:02 AM: More to explore as day 2 of West Seattle Summer Fest gets going in the heart of The Junction! Above, Rob Duisberg of the West Seattle Community Orchestras is inside ArtsWest (west side of California, south of Alaska) with the WSCO Instrument Petting Zoo until 2 pm – thanks to Gina for the tip! Here at the Info Booth, you’ll find various organizations and community groups all day, too (as well as us on the north side and Junction Association volunteers on the east side). Right now on the west side of the booth, lots of crime-prevention and safety info from Seattle Police:

Side note: They have candy. Tons of families here already. On our way in just before 10, we spotted State Sen. Joe Nguyen and his family:

Three stages of entertainment, starting up soon – 11:30 am Rockaroke on the main stage on California at Oregon, noon on the community stage (in Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska and the wooden-instrument stage on the west side of California just before Edmunds). And here in Walk-All-Ways, a martial-arts demo is drawing a crowd.

Get here and see what’s up! Also lots of chances to support the people and places that make West Seattle great – here’s one:

That’s the West Seattle Quilters‘ annual fundraising quilt for the Senior Center – buy a ticket for the raffle at the table outside Stop ‘n’ Shop on the east side of California just south of Oregon. Meantime, Summer Fest is also a major freebie zone today – HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) is across from us at California/Alaska and they have free sunglasses, tote bags, pens.

Whole Foods is here today (by the Kids Zone on the west side of Alaska) with free popsicles. In recent years, the business mix here has gotten ever more local – both the year-round merchants with sidewalk sales and the businesses with booths (some “visiting” from other parts of West Seattle), so it’s an excellent place to find out more about the community all in a 2+-block area. Our coverage continues all day and into the night – official festival end time is 8 pm, music continues tonight until about 11.

12:32 PM: All three stages are going now:

Just south of the main stage, it’s the game zone – free to play, all ages! Caitlin from Outer Space Seattle (the playspace opening soon at 2820 Alki SW) sent this photo of astronauts playing Connect 4:

Also up at the game zone on California north of Oregon, Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor, based in North Delridge). On California south of Oregon, another of our sponsors, Verity Credit Union, has fun stuff in their open storefront all weekend long:

We just confirmed they’ll have GOATS there 1-3 pm Sunday. … Since it’s lunch time, we strolled through the festival food zone (remember that 20+ year-round restaurants have sidewalk cafés and/or outdoor stands to serve you too) and you’ll find more variety than ever, from elotes (roasted corn) to elephant ears, Pho Burritos, squash-blossom pupusas, cotton candy, potato “tornadoes,” barbecue (with the truck from WSB sponsor Pecos Pit) Afghan, Kenyan, Mexican, Salvadorean, Thai food. And if you want to sit down after buying something at a booth, check out the tables at Junction Plaza Park!

1:22 PM: If you need someplace to take refuge with your infant or toddler, wander a block west to Nurturing Expressions (4727 44th SW; WSB sponsor), as this handy sign reminds you:

Back along the rows of booths – GoodMed Direct Primary Care (WSB sponsor) is here for the weekend (they’re headquartered in Morgan Junction):

Dr. Ryan Campbell would love to talk with you about their unique, affordable flat-rate health care. … More coverage to come!

3 PM: Warmer than yesterday. If you bring your pup(s) and s/he/they need a break, the Pet Zone is on the west side of California just north of Alaska:

Gabe Cadwell sent that pic of Lilly enjoying the doggie pool. … Another Junction business (based in Jefferson Square) that’s here, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Northwest (WSB sponsor):

In the BHHSBW booth when we stopped by, Debbie Kerns, Alice Kuder, and Nadine Bivins. … UPDATE: Whole Foods is out of free popsicles. Lots of treats here but those have run out. … Here in the Info Booth (heart of Walk All Ways, look for the big INFORMATION banner), new groups at the community tables on the west and south side, including Seal Sitters:

They’re on the south side; on the west side, YearUp and SR3:

As you might notice in our photos, both Seal Sitters and SR3 have show-and-tell items – all ages can touch and explore. The Whale Trail is here too, a few booths north of Walk All Ways. … We’re getting closer to the heart of the music lineup -here’s who’s on the main stage tonight:

4:30 – DYED
5:30 – Jeremy Enigk
6:30 – Spirit Award
7:30 – Night Beats
8:30 – Jenn Champion
9:30 – DJ Mister Moon
10 pm – Blackie (Blondie tribute)

The main stage is on California between Oregon and Genesee; the beer garden is immediately south of it. ….Our coverage continues right after 5 pm with the early-evening report, but first some other stories.

P.S. If you lost your wallet – we just had one turned in at the Info Booth.

SHOWTIME: West Seattle Summer Fest 2019 stage scenes from Friday night

July 12, 2019 11:56 pm
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(Photo by Paul Weatherman)

The West Seattle Summer Fest excitement rolled north to the main stage and beer garden as night arrived. Paul Weatherman‘s aerial view shows the crowd during Common Market‘s performance; then came the final band of the night, Polyrhythmics:

(WSB photos/video from here down)

A bit of video:

Tomorrow’s main-stage music is scheduled to run 12 full hours, all the way through Blackie’s 10 pm performance, with other highlights including Jeremy Enigk at 5:30 pm and Jenn Champion at 8:30.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Summer Fest 2019, Friday evening


You can kick back at West Seattle Summer Fest. That’s John Smersh, co-proprietor of Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), demo’ing an air chair they’re featuring. Click! has a “garage-sale”-style sidewalk sale too, plus they’re selling cool local baby onesies (whose creator isn’t vending separately this year). So don’t miss your year-round merchants along the sidewalk. We’d have to say “discover and explore” is a big theme this year. Look around every corner – you might find something special, like this:

That’s the community mural that West Seattle Art Nest is leading in Junction Plaza Park– – by the wind sculpture, near the community stage – until 7. They explain that it – and the two they’ll be leading the next two days – are inspired by features in West Seattle parks. That’s the Schmitz Park crocodile; the next two will be the Whale Tail Park whale and the Lincoln Park griffin. Meanwhile, back on the main stage:

All three stages’ programming schedules are here. More coverage to come!

6:07 PM: Festival sights. From Tatooine to West Seattle:

And we’ve gotten enough questions about this poster, we have to say, according to festival organizers – IT’S NOT REAL:

We’ve heard from more than a few Gary Busey fans at the Info Booth who are disappointed to hear that. So who IS here? Still to come tonight on the main stage (California north of Oregon):

6:30 pm – West Seattle Soul
7:30 pm – The Grizzled Mighty
8:30 pm – Common Market
9:30 pm – DJ Kurt Bloch
10 pm – Polyrhythmics

The last community stage act of the day, Tekla Waterfield, is on now; on the Wooden Instrument Stage (west side of California just north of Edmunds), it’s Annie O’Neill now, Cami & Co. at 7.

6:33 PM: First lost/found child of the day, quickly reunited. That’s part of what happens at the Info Booth – if there’s a problem, we summon help. The Info Booth winds down around 7 pm – if you need help after that, look for a festival staffer. … Even more music happening now – Kyle Craft in-store at Easy Street Records (as featured in our daily preview today).

7:06 PM: Though shopping/vending time is winding down, music keeps heating up:

Dinnertime for many festivalgoers:

Common question at the Info Booth is whether the east side of SW Alaska is “all the food.” Remember that many of the year-round restaurants offer something special for Summer Fest too – outdoor cafes, and/or street food, like Husky Deli’s stand:

We’re heading out but will be back later tonight for more music!

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest 2019 day 1, first report


11:44 AM: West Seattle Summer Fest got its start decades ago as the West Seattle Junction’s annual sidewalk sale – and that’s still part of the program, including (outside CAPERS, west side of California between Oregon and Alaska) the world-famous WEST SEATTLE T-shirts shown above. Lots of shopping – at year-round merchants and visiting vendors – and all-ages activities. That includes two types of axe-throwing!

The inflatable “axe-throwing” is in the kids’ zone on Alaska west of California; the actual axe-throwing is in the game zone on California north of Oregon. Now that we’re in hour two, everybody’s starting to settle in. And as lunchtime approaches, you’ll find festival food booths on Alaska east of California, plus lots of outdoor offerings from year-round restaurants – even Bakery Nouveau has a sidewalk café1

12:19 PM: Besides playing, shopping, drinking, noshing, Summer Fest is also a place to learn. Got a question about West Seattle’s light-rail plan? Stop at the Sound Transit booth:

They’re on the east side of California between Alaska and Edmunds. On the other side of the same block, you can talk with WSDOT about Highway 99 Tunnel tolling, which is expected to start this fall:

Speaking of transportation, we just got word that Canna West Seattle is offering a shuttle from Summer Fest to their shop about a half mile south. Canna Culture is here at the festival, too:

That’s Canna Culture shop manager Nina Perceful, just south of the Info Booth (our base during Summer Fest) at California/Alaska. You can stop there to find out about in-store sales happening during the festival. And as for the shuttle:

The rides will be offered every half hour, from 10am-8pm Friday and Saturday, and from 10am-5pm on Sunday. Summer Fest attendees can pick it up at SW Edmunds Street and California Avenue (near the 7-11 store).

Festival attendees should look out for this ride:

As for other transportation to/from the festival – note that we have the bus-stop revisions all linked atop this story. Main-stage music is now just three hours away, starting with Razor Clam at 3:30 pm; more coverage to come!

2:30 PM: Sun’s out and the crowd’s growing. A few things that have come up in comments:

-The kids’ area has a different provider this year. They specialize in inflatables, so there’s no mechanical rides.

-Art-making for all ages is spread throughout the festival, including participation in mural creation with West Seattle Art Nest in Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska), 3-7 pm today, noon-8 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday. If you’re looking for face painting, The Hill Team had a free face painter in front of Keller Williams on the east side of California north of Oregon.

-Also on California north of Oregon, giant games for all ages.

3:06 PM: Popular question – where to buy water? Answer:

That’s the QFC booth, just north of our side of the Info Booth at Walk-All-Ways. $1 water plus fruit kabobs and coconuts.

3:51 PM: Main-stage music has begun!

Next up:
4:30 pm – Sweet Jesus
5:30 pm – Stas Thee Boss
6:30 pm – West Seattle Soul
7:30 pm – The Grizzled Mighty
8:30 pm – Common Market
9:30 pm – DJ Kurt Bloch
10 pm – Polyrhythmics

Remember there’s two other stages, too – community stage in Junction Plaza Park, “wooden instrument stage” on the west side of California just north of Edmunds. The schedules for all three stages can be found in this WSB preview.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: West Seattle Summer Fest Eve and July Art Walk!

6:34 PM: The barricades are up and the fun is on. The streets in the heart of The Junction have just closed so West Seattle Summer Fest setup can begin – along with sidewalk cafés, entertainment, and middle-of-the-street strolling between West Seattle Art Walk venues, like Click! Design That Fits (4540 California; WSB sponsor):

Brooke Westlund is at Click! until 8. Full list of Art Walk venues, with previews, is here, or just come to The Junction and start wandering. On California just south of Alaska, Bubbleman‘s performance is about to start. Updates to come!

7:20 PM: Bubbleman is just wrapping up.

What a crowd! He clowned around with an umbrella before even starting with the bubbles, and the countless children on hand were delighted. (“He’s so FUNNY!” one told her grownups.) Yes, all the while, setup is happening too:

The first sidewalk sale is in progress outside Pegasus Book Exchange. And steps away, the Dance Powered fitness “flash mob” just started.

Around 8 pm (later than earlier noted), the VAIN (WSB sponsor)/Lika Love Boutique hair-and-fashion show should be unfolding a little further north. And here’s the night’s official motto:

That’s in the window at Click! (do stop in and meet Brooke the artist).

9:13 PM: We’ve left The Junction after three hours. A few more Summer Fest Eve scenes:

VAIN has a lot going on for the festival, by the way, including a big bright paper-flowers selfie backdrop and “in-store and sidewalk specials including a blow-out sunglasses sale!” (Added) Victoria from VAIN with a paper flower, hinting at things to come:

On the same block, Yada Yada Blues Band had an all-ages crowd in a bluesy mood:

Revelry – and setup – continues into the night. (And we have a bit more to add above now that we’re back at HQ.) Official festival hours Friday are 10 am-8 pm, with main-stage music running later. We’re in the Info Booth again this year – see you at Summer Fest!

SUMMER FEST EVE: Art! Fashion! Bubbles! And more, Thursday night in The Junction

(WSB photo from past Summer Fest Eve – when you can wander in the streets, enjoy music, and more)

By this time Thursday night, the Junction streets where you’ll find West Seattle Summer Fest Friday-Sunday will be closed to vehicles and open for fun. What’s become known as Summer Fest Eve is a reason all its own to come hang out in, and wander around, The Junction as festival setup begins. You’ll find:

*Sidewalk cafés for dinner, drinks, snacks starting around 6:30

Bubbleman, 6:30 pm
Pop-up fashion show “flash mob” with VAIN (WSB sponsor) and Lika Love, 7 pm
Dance “flash mob” with Dance Powered at California/Alaska, 7 pm
Yada Yada Blues Band (outside West 5), 7 pm

*West Seattle Art Walk: First summer-quarter art walk! Here’s the map and venue list:

As always, note that Art Walk venues include food/drink specials as well as art! Preview some of them on the Art Walk website. See you in the street starting tomorrow night!


This year’s West Seattle Summer Fest is just two days away, Friday through Sunday in the heart of The Junction! And this year’s festival has three stages, as the map above shows – the big one at the north end (CA), the Community Stage at Junction Plaza Park (CS), and another stage at the south end (SS), focused on wooden-instrument music. Here’s the list of what performances/presentations are happening where/when:

Events include more than music – on Sunday at noon, for one, we’ll be moderating one of your last looks at the District 1 City Council candidates before primary voting begins next week. Meantime. our Summer Fest previews continue later today and you’ll find lots of info right now on the festival-presenting West Seattle Junction Association‘s website. Festival hours are 10 am-8 pm Friday and Saturday (with music running later) and 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Remember the streets close tomorrow (Thursday) night around 6 for setup – and that means it’s Summer Fest Eve, with lots of reasons to come down and wander, so watch for that preview this afternoon too!