Get the latest news about West Seattle Summer Fest right here! We’ll be adding updates periodically to keep you in the know about the best summer festival around. As we get closer to July, we’ll be unveiling the new band line-up for 2017, our list of shopping and food vendors, and lots of other great insider tips about the festival. Be the first to know!
Keep the magic alive through photographs of Summer Fest, 2017. We had roving volunteer photographers throughout the entire festival. You can go to the West Seattle Summer Fest Facebook page for more pictures. Here we showcase some of the favorites:
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!
The West Seattle Junction is celebrating its 35th year of Summer Fest this weekend! The celebration has expanded greatly from its humble beginnings as a merchant side walk sale in 1982 to a three-day extravaganza filled with shopping, live music, dining, beer gardens, and family fun. Reflecting upon its first year in existence, let’s look at some facts from pre-Amazon Seattle in 1982.
The average price for a single-family home in King County was around $82,000.
Columbia Center officially “breaks ground” on construction, becoming the tallest building in Seattle.
The Seattle Seahawks experience a shortened season in their 7th year due to the NFL players 57-day strike; demanding members receive a higher portion of the league’s gross revenue.
The George Benson Waterfront Street Car Line begins operating two reclaimed Australian street cars along the Elliot Bay waterfront between Pier 70 and Main Street.
Body of Wendy Coffield, the first victim of the infamous Green River Killer, is found in the Green River near Seattle.
Minimum wage in the State of Washington is $2.30 an hour, lower than the federal minimum wage of $3.35 an hour.
The Space Needle holds its first annual New Year’s Eve Celebration.
The 5th Starbucks location is opened in the University District at 4555 University Way NE.
The average household income in King County was $24,300 per year.
Shopping 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
Many Moons Trading Co
Terjung’s Studio of Gifts
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Northwest Art & Frame
Menashe and Sons
The Forsythe Studio
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.
Join the biggest street party of the year in West Seattle
Busk at Art Walk & Summer Fest, 2017
Summer Fest & Art Walk 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
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:
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.
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 2017 is three days of FREE music you don’t want to miss! We are so excited to host another line up of amazing and awesome local music. Come hang out with us and get in on the best party of the year in West Seattle!
MUSIC TAKES CENTER STAGE!
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.
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.
Tonight is Summer Fest Eve (and the July Art Walk), or what’s known around The Junction as “Local’s Night”! In preparation for the huge festival this weekend, we’ll be closing the streets this evening for setup. But once the streets are closed, the fun begins! We have an amazing evening in store with live music, shopping, and a special Art Walk night. It’s going to be a great time!
SUMMER FEST EVE EVENTS
Elliott Bay Brewing Company is re-brewing the Alpine Lakes Pale, and on Summer Fest Eve (tonight), they will be hosting the official release of this tasty beverage for everyone to sample and enjoy! This charity beer was brewed in honor of the passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions passed in December of 2014!
From the Alpine Lakes Pale Challenge Page:
Last year in February we celebrated the passage of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions in December of 2014 by drinking a pint of success, the Alpine Lakes Pale. And it was delicious, and even better news is it is BACK! Elliott Bay Brewing Company has generously agreed to brew this charity beer again- $1 for every pint sold of the entire batch will be donated to Washington Wild.
In 2015, to trigger the release of the original Alpine Lakes Pale release Brewshed® Supporters like you helped us raise over $3,000 and now we want your help to do it again! For every $5 you donate, the cost of a pint, a raffle ticket will be entered in your name to win free swag! 1st Place is a mixed case of 12 22’s Icicle Brewing Company Beer (Dirty Face Amber, Crosscut Pilsner, Bootjack IPA, and Dark Persuasion). 2nd Place is tickets to our next Pub Crawl this summer and 3rd Place is an Art Wolfe Book.
West 5 (4539 California Ave SW) will be setting up their outdoor cafe as soon as the streets close at 6pm tonight. Starting at 7pm, The Jazz Night School All Star Big Band will be performing. Jazz Night School is a non profit, music education organization that provides a variety of exceptional experiences in jazz for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds. This includes music instruction and performance ensemble classes, public music performances and more. Jazz Night School is Seattle’s largest all-ages jazz program.
JULY ART WALK
July Art Walk will be happening from 6 – 9pm tonight! 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!
We also have an extra special event planned for Summer Fest Eve Art Walk. 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 the businesses in The Junction.
WHO: FREE and open to the public!
WHEN: First tour begins at 6:00pm and the second starts at 7:30pm.
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:
New Small Works! Each month, starting July 2016, Twilight Gallery will have one or two featured artists in the boutique. This allows us to feature small works, textile and fiber art, wearable art pieces and have a wider reach of handmade from around the country, adding dialogue to our solo and group exhibits in the art gallery. Our first featured guests are Portland’s Lauren Seiffert and West Seattle’s Megan Lingerfelt…