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!

Summer Fest Photos 2017

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:

Chuck Bowden

Andy P. Photography

Tami Littlejohn

Patrick Robinson

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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35 Years Ago in Seattle

Summer Fest

 

Summer Fest Celebrates its 35th Year since 1982

Maya David

Instagram @GrabSeattle

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.

Kids Rides at Summer Fest Unlimited Passes

Kids Rides Summer Fest

Unlimited Fun at Summer Fest with use passes good for the entire festival, or just one day.

Friday  Hours – 10am to 8pm for the rides

**Unlimited Use Pass for the day (Friday Only) – $20.00 (Allows Unlimited Use of All Rides)

**Unlimited Use Pass for All Three Days (This allow Unlimited Use of All Rides for the Entire event) – $47.00

**Individual Tickets (Rides Cost one to four tickets each) – $1.25 per ticket

Saturday   Hours – 10am to 8pm for the rides

**Unlimited Use Pass for the day (Saturday Only) – $20.00 (Allows Unlimited Use of All Rides)

**Unlimited Use Pass for Two Days (This allow Unlimited Use of All Rides for Saturday & Sunday) – $34.00

**Individual Tickets (Rides Cost one to four tickets each) – $1.25 per ticket

Sunday   Hours – 10am to 5pm for rides

**Unlimited Use Pass for the day – $18.00 (Allows Unlimited Use of All Rides)

**Individual Tickets (Rides Cost one to four tickets each) – $1.25 per ticket

Shop the Junction Specials

Sidewalk Sale West Seattle Junction

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
VAIN
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.

Busk at Summer Fest

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

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.

Go West This Summer to West Seattle for PNW Music

Don’t miss the biggest party of the year!

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.

Announcing headliners Thunderpussy and Brent Amaker & The Rodeo! You can check out ALL the music on our YouTube channel.

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.

Summer Fest Eve & July Art Walk

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 July Art Walk

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.

For more information please visit the Brewshed website here.

Summer Fest Eve July Art Walk

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.

WHERE: Meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse located at 4410 California Ave SW in The Junction

Summer Fest Eve July Art Walk
By Melanie Biehle at Click! Design That Fits

More About Art Walk:

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:

In The Junction:

Capers : Genna Draper, Beth Farrow, & Maria Wilson
4525 California Ave SW

Additional Info from Capers:

Gorgeous paintings, beautiful pottery, music, and always something to sip. Our artists are always here to meet and greet. A terrific eve in the neighborhood!

Click! Design That Fits : Works by Melanie Biehle
4540 California Ave SW

Additional Info from Click!:

Click! will be starting our annual Summer Fest sale on Summer Fest Eve this year!

Cupcake Royale
4556 California Ave SW

Shadowland
4458 California Ave SW


Twilight Gallery
: Lauren Seiffert and Megan Lingerfelt
4306 SW Alaska St

Additional Info from Twilight Gallery:

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…


Wallflower Custom Framing
: Troy Sass
4735 42nd Ave SW

Wild Rose’s Antiques & Gifts :
4529 California Ave SW

Windermere Real Estate
Hosted by Kim Tingley
4526 California Ave SW

Summer Fest Eve July Art Walk
by Laura Beso at Viscon Cellars

In Greater West Seattle:

Chill Massage Therapy & Modern Apothecary

6969 California Ave SW

Locöl Barley & Vine : Works by Jay Massimino
7902 35th Ave SW

Viscon Cellars : Works by Laura Beso
5910 California Ave SW

Additional Info from Viscon Cellars:

No Tasting fees for Art Walk participants that come into Viscon Cellars for Art Walk Thursday!

West Seattle Cellars : B. Perreault
6026 California Ave SW

Additional Info from West Seattle Cellars:

Our regular Thursday night wine tasting, which coincides with July Art Walk and Summer Fest Eve this week, will feature French wines from the Loire Valley.

Check out the Art Walk walking map here for the complete list of businesses and their locations. Also find information about this quarter’s featured artist, Genna Draper.

 

Summer Fest Eve & July Art Walk

Thursday, July 7th / 6-9pm / The Junction & Greater West Seattle