West Seattle Street Fair? OR Summer Fest

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  • #608190

    blessedmama
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    I am just a bit confused and really hoping you guys can help me out. Last year my daughters and I attended the wonderful parade (about this time last year)and I believe there was a kid area, with bouncy houses and fun things like that. I’m almost certain that there were vendors that weekend as well, lined up and down California. Was this the West Seattle Street Fair? And this year I see advertisements for Summer Fest for this weekend, but the Grand Parade is next weekend? Is this something new or was it this way last year? I just don’t want to miss out!

    #793419

    WSB
    Keymaster

    The kid area is at West Seattle Summer Fest. This is the three-day festival, street fair, sidewalk sale, live music, more, held every year on a Friday-Saturday-Sunday in the first half of July, and it starts today.

    Home

    The parade is not until one week from tomorrow (July 20th). It is a standalone event – no bouncy houses – though it is accompanied by the Kiddie Parade preceding the big parade, and the Float Dodger 5K too.

    http://thewestseattleparade.com

    Have a great time! – Tracy

    #793420

    blessedmama
    Member

    Thank you so much for the information! Very helpful and you totally cleared things up for me. Much appreciated!

    #793421

    Barry2012
    Participant

    Can anyone tell me how late the beer garden stays open? I know the last band goes on at 10 but am wondering about the beer garden (please dont judge my priorites :) ) thanks!!!

    #793422

    miws
    Participant

    Barry, I don’t have the answer to your question, but would like to mention that the ONLY reason I have ever visited the Beer Garden at Summerfest, is because it’s really cool to sit in a chair, at a table, in the middle of a normally busy West Seattle street.

    (But of course I feel obligated to buy at least one beer)

    Mike

    #793423

    Barry2012
    Participant

    “at least one beer” :) Maybe I’ll see you there!!

    #793424

    miws
    Participant

    I’m heading out in a few!

    Dunno if I’ll hit the Beer Garden today, as this is the day I plan on hitting Poggie’s for the first time in a few years.

    Might even go in close to the time (4:30-ish) I used to stop in there when I went every Friday after work, around 25 years ago.

    Mike

    #793425

    linda
    Participant

    @blessedmama: I believe some of the reason for your confusion is because up until a few years ago this annual summer event was called the “West Seattle Street Fair”. I can’t remember when they re-branded it to “West Seattle Summer Fest”. For a lot of us old timers who have lived in West Seattle our entire lives, we still refer to it as the Street Fair. So when you hear folks refer to the Street Fair, you can safely assume what we mean is Summer Fest.

    Of course I am basing my comments on the assumption you were not aware of this change, my apologies if you already knew this.

    #793426

    miws
    Participant

    Once they went from calling it the Sidewalk Sale, to the Street Fair, I still referred to it as the Sidewalk Sale for many years. :-)

    Mike

    #793427

    WF
    Member

    all i know is that it is a great event; and the weather is supposed to be PERFECT 75 to 80 (21 to 24 C).

    #793428

    blessedmama
    Member

    thanks Linda! I did not know that and you were correct to assume that that was why I was confused. Also my memory failed me and I thought that the parade was during the street fair, but obviously it’s not (there are booths set up lol).

    #793429

    miws
    Participant

    blessedmama, that would actually be an interesting sight! :-)

    Mike

    #793430

    Kevin
    Participant

    Too many people, and too much sun for this redhead. I’ll continue to follow the wonderful WSB coverage from my shady, air conditioned hovel :)

    #793431

    celeste17
    Participant

    I went for a little while today and ended up eating at one of the restaurants in the junction. Sit down table, air conditioned, cool drinks. It was heaven. But what I don’t understand is why bring your dog? Granted I am not a dog owner and don’t think I will ever be, more of a cat person. You have several hundred people looking around, you have kids walking, kids in strollers, older people in walkers or wheelchairs and your want to look around at everything so why bring your dog?

    One person had a dog that was big and when the dog stopped everyone behind had to stop because the dog was blocking the path. So please leave your dog at home enjoy the festival, eat, drink and be merry without your pet.

    #793432

    yes2ws
    Participant

    Some people prefer the company of a dog.. some prefer a kid or two (or even three) in tow. Some people would rather be stopped behind a family with kids in tow, while others might prefer being held up for a minute or so behind a big adorable dog. :-) Different strokes.

    #793433

    linda
    Participant

    @blessedmama: You are very welcome, always glad to shed a little light on a subject.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane Mike!! I had completely forgotten it use to be the Sidewalk Sale until they re-branded it Street Fair.

    #793434

    miws
    Participant

    You’re welcome linda!

    Another memory of the “Sidewalk Sale”, that I believe carried over to “Street Fair”, at least for a few years; even though there weren’t any food booths, per se, Poggie Tavern always had a table set up out front, with an old Nesco Roaster set up on a table.

    They’d sell hotdogs, and then you could get a ticket for money off (a dime?) on a beer inside.

    The sign that the owners, a married couple Carl and Pat always put up, said (heavily paraphrasing):

    “Carl sez; ‘have a hotdog!’ Pat sez; ‘Don’t forget to get your ticket for a dime off a beer inside!'”

    I believe the sign may have also had caricatures of Carl and Pat.

    Mike

    #793435

    Gina
    Participant

    The old sidewalk sale, with many merchants hauling out the same sale items year after year. Have to wonder if there are still boxes of La Grace items in the sub basement at Cupcate Royale.

    #793436

    katman
    Participant

    I remember when they called it “Hi-Yu” festival which may have been the original name, not sure.

    #793437

    celeste17
    Participant

    Ever since working it a couple of years I call it the junk sale. LOL

    #793438

    JoB
    Participant

    but celeste.. it’s really interesting junk ;->

    #793439

    anonyme
    Participant

    Celeste, I think you’re right on the dog issue. Not so much because of blocking, but because it’s a disaster waiting to happen. The dogs could get overheated, stepped/fallen on, trip someone, or react aggressively to being crowded. You never know how an otherwise placid canine might react to these conditions. It’s not a good environment for dogs — or for toddlers at jaw level. Better to be safe all around.

    #793440

    ElizabethElaine
    Participant

    Everyone I know in West Seattle still refers to the whole thing (street fair and parade) as “Hi-Yu.” HI-YU FOREVER!!!

    #793441

    F16CrewChief
    Member

    I don’t ever remember the Sidewalk Sale being called “Hi-Yu”, just the parade. I do miss the good old days of the Sidewalk Sale. Growing up, I looked forward to hitting up Triple Play, Turn About and Plaid Penguin. I do however like the way it has grown and can’t complain too much. Just sad I missed this years.

    #793442

    F16CrewChief
    Member

    However, I don’t miss the hour my mom would spend at J.C. Pennies.

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