The West Seattle Summer Fest (July 8th-10th) is a time for community members to enjoy the vibrant downtown West Seattle Junction. The Junction merchants will be presenting a full entertainment line-up on the California stage. Shopping galore with 150+ vendor booths filled with an impressive variety of goods. Your favorite Junction restaurants have sidewalk cafes which offer the best seat in the house for music and people watching. Plus, the YMCA will be sponsoring the popular kids area.
In addition to our music, shopping and dining, this year the folks at Next to Nature will be presenting Pet Junction. Stop by to check out their favorite vendors and nonprofits. Pet Junction will be offering a host of resources to be good companions for our pets. You will find information on keeping your pet in good health, opportunities to meet local animal relief organizations, and lots of fun for our furry friends.
Location: On the sidewalk in front of Next to Nature.
The West Seattle Summer Fest (July 8th-10th) 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:
Being a recycling city, bring a couple of canvas bags to fill up with goodies. Check out Avalon Glassworks (booth 44) for some summer-inspired gifts and unique glass jewelry.
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.
Start by the music stage to work yourself down the street. Take a fill from the beer garden before you dive into the shopping.
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.
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 2016 is a week away! We’re so excited to host an amazing weekend of awesome local music, great shopping, delicious festival food, and more. Come hang out with us and get in on the best party of the year in West Seattle!
This year we’re particularly stoked for the music. We’ve put together a line-up of some of the best bands in the PNW. These are acts that you would normally have to pay hard cash to see at our local clubs and venues in Seattle, but we’re bringing them all together for three days of FREE live music. Why free you may ask? Because West Seattle is the best neighborhood in the city (naturally), and we love having the chance to say thanks to all our local people while inviting the entire metro area to come see what’s just across the bridge. We throw a mean party!
After Summer Fest, we’ll be keeping the party going the rest of the summer with a great selection of films. We’ll be showing a wide variety of fun picks from family-friendly favorites, to cult classics, to high-energy summer blockbusters. Here’s the full line-up:
July 30 – SCHOOL OF ROCK – FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC – Sponsored by West Seattle School of Rock
Aug 6 – SKYFALL – FEATURING: TRIVIA NIGHT – Sponsored by Smile Secrets, Senior Center of West Seattle, & Hotwire Online Coffeehouse
Aug 13 – THE LEGO MOVIE – FEATURING: COMMUNITY BBQ – Sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, West Seattle Farmers Market, West Seattle Christian Church, Swedish Pediatrics West Seattle, & Curious Kidstuff
August 20 –THE PRINCESS BRIDE – HELD AT WEST SEATTLE YMCA – Sponsored by The Zack & Jodi Hill Team, HomeStreet Bank, Windermere West Seattle, & Coastline Burgers
This season is also special because it will be the final year that Hotwire Online Coffeehouse will host Outdoor Movies. Next year our friends at the West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA will be taking over and hosting the 2017 season at their brand new campus. This transition will allow us to accommodate more people at each movie and get more of the community involved in this fun event. We’ll be celebrating the “passing of the baton” by holding the final movie of the 2016 season, Princess Bride, at the newly expanded West Seattle YMCA campus. Come see what the future will hold and join us in ushering in another awesome year of Outdoor Movies!
We’ll be offering shredding and electronic recycling services to the community tomorrow, Saturday, June 11. Please bring your old statements or other sensitive documents to be professionally destroyed on site. You can even watch your documents being cross-shredded via the viewing monitor. For a list of items that can be e-Cycled, please click here.
Please join us for June Art Walk, tonight (6/9) from 6 – 9pm! Spend the evening strolling and exploring West Seattle while enjoying art, music, and more. Our participating artists, businesses, and organizations are planning some great events to celebrate our vibrant art culture in West Seattle!
This free art event encourages you to visit venues across greater West Seattle, both in The Junction and beyond. Many venues will also be inviting their featured artist(s) to meet the public and answer questions. The following businesses, organizations, and artists will be participating:
We have an extra special event planned for this Art Walk Thursday, tomorrow June 9th. Stop by The Junction for Historic Mural Tours with Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society! Learn more about these scenes of local history and how they came to grace the walls of our businesses here in The Junction.
Clay Eals was kind enough to share a little more about the murals, for those who are unfamiliar with them:
Longtime West Seattleites may look at them as treasures that illuminate our past. Newcomers may wonder how they came to be.
But no matter how long you have lived here, you likely have noticed the increasing deterioration and attrition of the Murals of West Seattle.
The Murals of West Seattle project was led by longtime local business leader Earl Cruzen in 1989-1992. Earl was a persuasive pied piper in the West Seattle business community, drumming up bare walls, funds from generous building owners and the key ingredient of enthusiasm to bring the project to fruition.
Earl recruited world-class muralists whose work adorned the coastal Washington towns of Long Beach and Ilwaco and the former Canadian lumber town of Chemainus, north of Victoria, B.C.
I was part of Earl’s team (as was the late graphic artist Moe Beerman) for this truly exhilarating project. As president of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society board I helped supply vintage photos for the muralists to interpret and render colorfully on the walls of The Junction and beyond.
Part of the excitement was the ability for everyone to watch the murals come to life and to interact with the visiting muralists as they did their summertime work day after day. The result was 11 unique art pieces, and for more than a quarter-century, the murals have brought to life the rich history of much of the Duwamish peninsula – the very definition of tangible community-building.
Please join Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle for delicious food and great music as they celebrate their 7th Anniversary!
For 5 years CAP has called West Seattle home, and it’s officially been 7 years since they opened. They want to thank the neighborhood for being a part of their community and for supporting affordable acupuncture in Seattle. Here are the details:
They’ll be featuring food by Miri’s Catering and live music with Sid Law. They’ll also be unveiling their new magical unicorn anniversary t-shirts and tank tops! You can check out the details on Facebook here.
Please stop by on Saturday the 4th! Bring friends and neighbors – all are welcome!
Emerald Water Anglers is having their annual fly fishing event at Me Kwa Mooks park from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, June 4th. They’ll have professional demo rods to try out, casting instruction from IFFF certified instructors, as well as their 10th annual Guide Staff Cook Off.
During the cook off the entire guide staff will be competing against one another to cook the best stream-side meal. They’ll each be drawing from their own repertoire of meals they make when guiding, and each cook will have $30 and 30 minutes to prepare food for 3 people. This event is judged by Brad Glaberson, owner of Cucina Fresca, and Eric Donnelly, owner of Rock Creek and Flint Creek Restaurants here in Seattle, as well as two other food experts.
Emerald Water Anglers will also have the sales reps from Patagonia, Winston, Simms, Loomis, Scott, Yeti, Echo and other manufacturers they carry doing free demos.
This free event is open to the public and kid friendly!
West Seattle Nonprofits And Community Groups Are Encouraged To Apply!
Now is the time to apply for the 2016 Community Tent at West Seattle Summer Fest – July 8, 9, and 10. We’re accepting applications from West Seattle nonprofits and community groups who are interested in being considered for this FREE space in the festival. Priority will be given to local groups who strive to benefit, strengthen, and educate the West Seattle neighborhood in a direct way.
The purpose of the Community Tent at Summer Fest is to allow West Seattle’s small neighborhood nonprofits and community groups easy access to the largest event of the year in West Seattle – free of charge! Each year over 20,000 people attend Summer Fest, making it a great place for local groups to reach out to the community and connect with like-minded people.
The Community Tent will be centrally located in the heart of the festival, near the intersection of SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW. A tent, tables, and chairs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to set up their table and area with displays that reflect their mission and contributions to the West Seattle community. Participants are welcome to bring props, brochures, and other materials to promote their organization and encourage festival attendees to stop and chat. Please note that NO SALES will be permitted in the Community Tent area.
Interested neighborhood nonprofits and community groups can apply by emailing Jenelle Clark of WSJA by June 17th at . Applications should include details about the nonprofit or group applying and their direct impact in the West Seattle neighborhood.
Interested participants are also encouraged to visit the official West Seattle Summer Fest event website at www.westseattlefestival.com for general information about the larger event.