Here’s the Plan for Summer Fest

For 39 years, the biggest festival in West Seattle has continued to evolve, starting out as the Sidewalk Sale in the ’60s, then the Street Fair in 1982, and now Summer Fest – it’s been a three-day celebration in the West Seattle streets and a tradition for many families.

The festival has been a July tradition in West Seattle since 1982, the same year Seattle became the Emerald City. Even prior to the West Seattle bridge being built (but that’s another story…).

After much discussion, the Junction has made the safest decision for the community (for the second year in a row), to cancel the in-person 2021 Summer Festival – July 9-11th. Bringing 35,000 of our favorite community members together isn’t safe, but that doesn’t mean the heart of Summer Fest and the Sidewalk Sale will be forgotten.

Leaning into the roots of Summer Fest, we’re going back to the deep West Seattle beginnings as the foundation of this year’s festival. The old guard West Seattleites will remember merchants merrily filling tables loaded down with deep discounts and one-of-a-kind treasures on tables lining the streets.

This year we’ll go way back to the ’60s bringing back the Sidewalk Sales (no street closures) July 9 and 10, lining California Ave with goods from the merchants, plus local and handmade artisans.

We’ll continue to monitor all health regulations and sincerely hope the Junction merchants can show appreciation of the outpouring of community support by bringing you a combination of the good ol’ fashioned roots of the festival – The Sidewalk Sale – along with the popular boxes and tote bags full of Summer Fest feelings. There are going to be plenty of ways to celebrate all the West Seattle goodness we’ve stored up through this pandemic.

We are planning (and hopeful) we will rise like a vaccinated Westside phoenix to bring back Summer Fest stronger than ever July 15th – 17th, 2022 (this being the 40 year anniversary of the Street Fair too!).

Here’s the schedule of events:

Paint this orca! Paint and Sip July 8 7 PM

Thursday, July 8 Paint and Sip (virtual/limited in-person) live instruction by BrushCapades 5 PM and 7 PM $70
Friday, July 9 + Saturday, July 10 Sidewalk Sales on California Ave 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday, July 9 Music Trivia (virtual) hosted by Pegasus Book Exchange, trivia host Rachel Ask Me Questions 7:30 PM $25

Paint this Junction Starry Night! Paint and Sip July 8 5 PM

Saturday, July 10 Noon to 1:30 PM Mayoral Town Hall (broadcast live) hosted by The West Seattle Blog
Saturday, July 10 Beer Tasting (virtual/limited in-person) hosted by Elliott Bay Brewing and The Beer Junction $55


The West Seattle Junction Association/West Seattle Blog mayoral primary forum is aimed at giving prospective voters a snappy look at the candidates.

We’ll ask questions – including some solicited in advance from WSB readers – about areas of particular interest to the peninsula, particularly transportation, small-business recovery, public safety.

Confirmed as of 6/15:
James Donaldson
Colleen Echohawk
Jessyn Farrell
M. Lorena González
Bruce Harrell
Andrew Grant Houston
Don L. Rivers
Casey Sixkiller
Bobby Tucker

Answers will be short – :45 max – no opening statements, but candidates will have a closing statement for a pitch and/or rebuttal.

Venue is the Senior Center of West Seattle, with a small *live audience, streamed on multiple channels and recorded for later replay.

*Vaccination cards will be required for entry as the live audience.

Join the Facebook invite here.

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Are you look for volunteer opportunities with Summer Fest? Pop over to the volunteer page here to register as a volunteer. You’ll receive the Junction alerts when new opportunities are posted.