West Seattle Summer Fest Survey

The Summer Fest Survey is here. The Junction merchants were pleased to bring you the 35th Annual Summer Fest. We are interested to learn how you feel about the festival and what we can do to make Summer Fest 2018 (July 13-15) better than ever.  Thanks for your comments!

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Sidewalk Sale in the 35th Year

West Seattle Summer Fest 2017Shopping at Summer Fest is one of the many reasons people from all around the region visit West Seattle over the 3-day festival. Now in the festival’s 35th year, Summer Fest started as a merchant sidewalk sale. Many of the West Seattle businesses still hold that tradition true by offering sidewalk sales throughout the event.

Some of our recommended highlights are the famous Easy Street Records sale – there’s always plenty for everyone! Zamboanga has imported clothing from around the globe. Fleurt and City Mouse offers everyday clothing and decor for gift giving all-year round.

Make sure you check out all our sidewalk sale merchants for deep discounts:

Antique Mall of West Seattle
Jan’s Beauty Supply
Stop ‘N Shop
Click Design That Fits
ACS Discovery Shop
Bakery Nouveau
Funky Janes
Many Moons Trading Co
Virago Gallery
Wild Rose’s
Terjung’s Studio of Gifts
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Northwest Art & Frame
Merryweather Books
Menashe and Sons
The Forsythe Studio
Sound Advise

There’s plenty going on outside the festival too. Make sure you head to Sound & Fog for a sparkling wine cocktail menu and a summer pop up. More information on their Facebook page.

Sound Advise is offering $50 off all Android Phones with specials on JBL Bluetooth speakers and Headphones. All Military personal, Veterans and Reserves also get a $200 VISA gift card on any new activations in addition to all other deals and new activations get Free activation and phones stating from Free to $10/Month.

And click on the full shopping list for all of our Summer Fest vendors.

West Seattle Wine Walk

Thursday, September 28th

6pm – 9pm

Added Sept 29th – we hope you enjoyed the first West Seattle Wine Walk. Make sure you check out pictures of the Wine Walk on the Junction Facebook page. Thank you to Tami and Molly (Junction volunteers) for taking photos of the evening!

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Limited tickets $25 advance or $30 day of the event . Wine Walk is SOLD OUT! If you would like to get on the wait list in case of cancellations, email the Junction, we will notify you of any open tickets. Stay tuned for dates in 2018.

The West Seattle Wine Walk celebrates wine with this vibrant and fun event. Located in the heart of West Seattle, the Wine Walk provides you with the opportunity to meet the boutique wineries around the Pacific Northwest.

Housed in some of West Seattle’s favorite merchants, you’ll enjoy tastings from 15 different wineries, each showcasing a unique variety of wines.

Bottles of wine and additional individual wine tasting tickets will available to ticket holders. You can drop off bottles of wine at the valet located at Capers. Additional Wine Walk tasting tickets will be available at Capers for $1.00 per ticket. Only ticket-holding attendees can purchase additional tasting tickets.

Complete with a West Seattle Junction Wine Walk glass.

The night of the event, please go to our check-in host at Capers located at 4525 California Ave SW in the heart of the Junction.

We will have your name on a list at our check-in list. You’ll be I.D’ed (must be 21 years or older). You’ll be presented with your tasting tickets and complimentary wine glass.

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The businesses hosting wineries include:

Bakery Nouveau Wilridge Winery
Capers Viscon Winery
Carmilia’s Welcome Road Winery
Click! Treleaven/Red Earth Wines
Cupcake Royale Masquerade Wine Co
Fleurt Elephant Seven Winery
Funky Janes Virtue Cellars
Hotwire Waving Tree Vineyards & Winery
Menashe Jewelers Coral Wines
Next to Nature Michael Florentino Cellars
Sound Advice Sky River Meadery
Thunder Road Nine Hats
VAIN Patterson Cellars
Virago Three of Cups
Windermere Mercer Estates

Stop by bin 41 for a Wine and Wellness celebration. More information on their Facebook page.

Thank you to our partner:

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Join the Biggest Party of the Year

Summer Fest 2017

Busk at Art Walk & Summer Fest, 2017

Summer Fest Dates and Times:

Thursday, July 13th 6pm – 9pm (Summer Fest Eve/Art Walk night)

Friday, July 14th 11am – 6pm

Saturday, July 15th 11am – 6pm

Sunday, July 16th 10am – 5pm


The organizers at Summer Fest invite you to join one of Seattle’s most vibrant street parties of the year. Buskers of many types perform at Art Walk and Summer Fest each year. We welcome performances with instruments and tools ranging from acoustic instruments, performance art, odd instruments, puppets, bubbles to magicians. Buskers enrich the already busy streets at the festival by adding to the overall festive feeling.

During Art Walk (July 13th) you may set up on the street between SW Oregon and Edmunds between the hours of 6pm to 9pm for 90 minutes at a time.  You may place a tip jar on the street. There is no information booth manager at Art Walk.

There are two locations at Summer Fest (July 14th-16th) where performers can entertain the crowds for 90 minutes at a time.

Due to the crowds, amplified music is not permitted. All Summer Fest performers are required to wear a performer’s name tag and log into the official busker book.

You may place a tip jar on the street. To perform at Summer Fest, visit the information booth manager who is located at the info booth. You’ll find the info booth at the cross section of the “All Walk” at California Ave and SW Alaska St.

Busker spots are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Any busker who plays outside of the designated spots or performs outside of the rules will be removed by festival staff.

For questions, please email the festival at info [at] wsjunction [dot] org

5 Tips for Shopping Summer Fest

The West Seattle Summer Fest (July 14th-16th) is well on the way to being one of the premiere festivals in Seattle. In addition to the music schedule, you’ll find a wide array of shopping options for the entire family.

Here we’re sharing some of our tips for shopping Summer Fest:

  1. Being a recycling city, bring a couple of canvas bags to fill up with goodies. Check out the new Junction tote bags that will be available at the info booth.
  2. Water is a must when you’re strolling the streets. A number of vendors will be giving away free water bottles. Stop by for some refreshments and meet the friendly folks at the booths.
  3. Start by the music stage to work yourself down the street. Take a fill from the beer garden before you dive into the shopping.
  4. Take a break at many of the outdoor cafes. Don’t shop on an empty stomach. Taking a break at one of the outdoor cafes (we recommend Elliot Bay Brewing, West 5 and Seattle Fish), all have great food and people watching.
  5. Remember to shop inside at many of the merchants too. You’ll find sales during Summer Fest you may not find during the year. Click! Design that Fits and Fleurt usually have great sales.
Summer Fest Map 2017

Celebrate June in the Junction

Celebrate 8 years of CAP at the Anniversary Open House

Sunday, June 4th 11:30am – 1pm

Join Community Acupuncture Project Sunday, June 4th 11:30am-1pm for coffee, sweet treats, free acupuncture and an opportunity to meet all the acupuncturists, your neighbors and tour the clinic. Free and open to all!

All weekend long, June 2, 3, & 4, they will be running an anniversary special for new patients!

Tell your friends and family who have been curious about acupuncture to check this special out! New patient Special: $8 first time treatments, cash only.

Schedule here: www.acupunctureforall.org/west-seattle/​


4545 44th Ave SW @ Alaska

Ladies Night Out at Junction True Value

Junction True Value Ladies Night

Wednesday, June 21st 6pm – 8pm

1st Annual Ladies Night at Junction True Value is on June 21st from 6pm – 8 pm. There will be prizes, drawings and vendor demonstrations. The 1st 100 ladies will receive a bag filled with goodies. All ladies can take advantage of 20% off store-wide savings (excluding Stihl products and sale items). Plus refreshments and yummy snacks will be served.

4747 44th Ave SW

Would you like the Junction association to list your event? You can find the calendar form on our events page.

Summer Fest GreenLife – Sustainability for West Seattle and Beyond


The West Seattle Junction is pleased to announce the 6th year of partnerships between Summer Fest and Sustainable West Seattle. Sustainable West Seattle volunteer their time to program GreenLife, a community stage and area full of interesting sustainability demos, debates, and world music. As you may not know much about Sustainable West Seattle, this article I thought I would give you some background about the organization’s President and why they were chosen as one of our community partners.

The mission and vision of Sustainable West Seattle is to educate, create and be advocates for urban sustainability in their local community. Their vision is a West Seattle community of empowered citizens who actively lead us toward greater self-reliance, local democracy, social justice, and existence in harmony with life on earth.

President Stu Henessey, a longtime West Seattle neighbor and lifetime Seattle resident, grew up surrounded by trees, mountains and seas the instinctive feeling of being one with nature. He’s a part of the core group that develops several Sustainable West Seattle endeavors. His interests are carbon free transportation associated with West Seattle Spokespeople and DIY Bikes as well as growing food locally at COWS (Community Orchard of West Seattle).

You may know him as the owner of Alki Bike and Board in the Admiral District. Typical of a gardener/farmer, he likes to plant seeds of change in his community and watch them grow.

It was important Summer Fest programming also included an element of green sustainable outreach, something that truly understood the roots of community giving. The team at Sustainable West Seattle was everything the Junction was looking for in a nonprofit partner.

The GreenLife features 3 days of sustainability demonstrations, music and hand-on experiences. In years past, topics have included:  building with reclaimed materials; backyard beer making; and home canning and preservation.  GreenLife also excited to program a wide variety of music, ranging from world beats, to local Seattle homespun bands.

GreenLife runs from Friday, July 14th through Sunday, July 16th. Make sure you check out everything GreenLife has to offer this year.

Volunteer at the Junction Spring Clean

Spring Clean West Seattle Junction

Believe it or not, spring is here! And with it comes Spring Clean, a community cleanup program supported by Seattle Public Utilities.

Spring Clean, now in its 31st year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During this time, Seattle residents—neighbors, volunteer groups, community organizations—come together to clean up Seattle’s neighborhoods. Activities include picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to prevent water pollution, painting out graffiti, removing invasive plants, and more. Seattle Public Utilities and the Junction Association supports volunteers by providing free tools like garbage bags, gloves, garbage grabbers, safety vests, and paint supplies.

Show your community involvement!

The Junction Spring Clean is set for Saturday, May 20th 9am – 12 Noon

We’ll have coffee, breakfast, tools, and a nifty limited-edition tote

We’ll meet at Junction Plaza Park (42nd and Alaska St) – look for the white tents with supplies! You can join the Facebook invite here to spread the word with family and friends.

Interested in participating? Gather your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors—there’s no minimum or maximum group size. Register online here through the Junction Spring Clean application.

Spring Clean is a partnership between Seattle residents and Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Department of Transportation.

Rock the House That Stays Close to Junction Ties

People with memory loss, their family and friends, and all who support a dementia-friendly community are invited to attend a fun social gathering called “Rock the House.” Organized by local business owners, organizations and neighbors, the event takes place from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at Shadowland in the West Seattle Junction.

Along with a chance to enjoy food, drinks and good company, the event features MC Brent Amaker (of Brent Amaker and The Rodeo) and live music by Jay Cates (of The Bend). Happy hour menu will be available. Event is free other than the cost of menu items ordered.

“I’m excited about this because I love to get people together, especially people in different situations,” states Frances Smersh, who helped plan the event. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to engage people and have a great time. And music is always good for the heart and the soul!”

Frances was diagnosed with dementia in 2015 at the age of 48. Since then, she and her husband John, the owners of Click! Design That Fits, have openly shared her diagnosis with the West Seattle community.

“It was important for me to share the news about my diagnosis,” states Frances, “because I knew I couldn’t hide from it, and I don’t think it does anyone any good to try to hide. Remaining engaged in the community is important to me personally, and it seems to be one of the best things for people dealing with memory loss.”

With over 100,000 Washingtonians, and over 5 million Americans, living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Frances is certainly not alone. However, it can be easy for people with dementia to feel socially isolated. Although they remain vital members of the community, social stigma and other barriers can prevent them from staying involved and engaged.

In this context, a local movement called Momentia is empowering people with memory loss and their loved ones to stay connected and active in their communities. People and organizations are coming together to produce “dementia-friendly” opportunities in popular public spaces – like walking groups at Woodland Park Zoo, art gallery tours at the Frye Art Museum, and service projects at the Cherry Street Food Bank. (Learn more at www.momentiaseattle.org)

“For too long, a dementia diagnosis has meant fear, shame and isolation,” states Marigrace Becker, Program Manager for Community Education and Impact at the UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center. “People with memory loss and their loved ones deserve to stay engaged in their communities – and by working together, we can make that happen.”

Here in West Seattle, Momentia is taking off. In the Fall, a group of organizations and neighbors involved in the Momentia movement hosted a community meeting for people with memory loss and their loved ones to develop their own dementia-friendly programs, making use of favorite West Seattle venues.

As a result, several new programs are in the works. In the new year, Providence Mt St Vincent began opening up their drum circle to others living with dementia in the wider West Seattle community. In March and April, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Senior Center of West Seattle, and others are offering a 4-week creative arts and storytelling workshop for people with dementia and their loved ones.

And now, the Momentia group of West Seattle is proud to announce “Rock the House.” Whether you have dementia, love someone with dementia, or want to meet others who support a dementia-friendly community, you are invited to attend.

The event is offered in partnership by Shadowland, Click! Design That Fits, the Senior Center of West Seattle, Full Life Care, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Providence Mt St Vincent.

10 Year Anniversary of Record Store Day

Easy Street Records

Saturday, April 22nd

7am SHARP Opening

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Record Store Day, and the RSD17 list of releases is bigger and better than ever! Record Store Day lands on April 22nd this year, and as usual, Easy Street Records will be open bright & early at 7am, so you can get the jump on the goods! And yes, bacon and Caffe Vita coffee will once again be provided to those early birds in line!

This week, the folks behind Record Store Day unveiled the official list of releases, and it’s a doozy! A small sampling: Alice In Chains 7″, Pearl Jam 7″, two new Bowie LPs, 4-LP live Springsteen set, Cheap Trick box, two Cure picture discs, Doors live album, Jason Isbell covers EP, Iggy Pop w/Josh Homme live album, Stevie Ray Vaughan Live At Carnegie Hall, a Ramones singles box, Lou Reed live album, Sunny Day Real Estate double LP, a Wipers 7″, Neil Young’s triple greatest hits LP, Decade, Black Lips cassette box set, a new song by The War On Drugs on 7″, a reissue of the Space Jam soundtrack (!!!), and so much more. There’s everything from MDC to Bert Jansch, from Johnny Cash’s children’s album to Wes Montgomery Live In Seattle, from The Meters’ triple LP to the 1st studio recordings ever from Pink Floyd (on picture disc!), and from Andre 3000 covering the Beatles to a 7″ with unreleased Smiths songs.

But don’t take our word for it…check out the entire remarkable list of RSD17 releases here!