What’s Happening July 15-21

West Seattle Summer Fest returns this summer for its 40th anniversary, and it will soon fill the streets of West Seattle Junction with live music, vendors, activities and more July 15-17.

“West Seattle Summer Fest started as just a street sale with merchants in our local downtown West Seattle,” said Chris Mackay, the executive director of West Seattle Junction Association, “and it’s grown from there into this giant music, arts and crafts, kids area extravaganza.”

This year, the three-day festival will include: live music on the California Main Stage with headliners Naked Giants and True Loves and additional programming and buskers on the Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub Stage; a beer garden with Pacific Northwest craft beers, wine, ciders and hard seltzers; the Seattle Kraken Kids Zone with inflatables, arts and crafts and games; a community mural; more than 100 art and 17 food vendors (in addition to the West Seattle Farmers Market 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, July 17); and a sidewalk sale.

The night before the festival begins, visitors can enjoy an art walk, music and activities as part of Summer Fest Eve on July 14.

“None of the booths are open yet but all the streets are closed, so local West Seattleites that know all come down and wander around the open streets,” Mackay said, adding that the night of Summer Fest Eve “is exactly the 20th anniversary of the reunion of Springer.”

For those who may not know about this reunion that took place 20 years ago, Springer (A73) was once a lost and alone baby orca discovered near Seattle. A six-month effort involving organizations from multiple countries resulted in her reunion with her family off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and it remains the only successful orca rehabilitation in history. She is now 22 years old and has two calves of her own.


To celebrate Springer’s reunion, West Seattle Summer Fest will include an activity in partnership with Whale Trail where kids can participate in an orca whale scavenger hunt for a chance to win orca goodies. There will also be presentations during the festival where visitors can learn more about orcas and Whale Trail.

“Summer Fest is really meant to give an opportunity for West Seattle to come together and celebrate community. It’s a chance for us all to see each other and share good food and good music and enjoy ourselves,” Mackay said. “There’s something about everybody coming together after 2½ years feeling isolated. It just feels great.”

If you’re wondering how to reach Summer Fest from downtown with the West Seattle Bridge closure, consider taking the water taxi. There’s a free shuttle up to the Junction, “so it’s not too difficult,” Mackay said. “It’s worth the trip.”

West Seattle Summer place will take place 1-8 p.m. July 15 (bands and beer garden until 10 p.m.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 16 (bands and beer until 10 p.m.) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 17 at West Seattle Junction (California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle). Find more information online: westseattlesummerfest.com 

What else is happening

Here are some other events happening July 15-21 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to weekend@seattletimes.com.

Northwest Raspberry Festival  July 15-16

The Washington Red Raspberry Commission presents the Northwest Raspberry Festival as part of a series of events and partnerships to mark Washington Red Raspberry Harvest Month. Enjoy live music, a street fair, car show, kids zone, the opportunity to try raspberry-forward dishes and more 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 15 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 16. Free. Lynden, location varies; 360-354-5995; lynden.org


Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow July 15-17

Enjoy the 33rd annual celebration of Native culture hosted by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation 4-10 p.m. July 15, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 16 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 17. All are welcome to experience powwow dancing, live music, Native arts and crafts and traditional salmon bakes. $10 suggested donation. 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle; 206-285-4425; unitedindians.org/events/powwow

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival July 15-17

Celebrating its 35th year, the award-winning Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival returns to the Blues Ranch in the Methow Valley of the North Cascades. This three-day event is packed full of national and regional entertainment for all ages, and there will also be on-site camping, food and craft vendors, portable showers and a beer garden. Purchase tickets online; prices vary. Winthrop; 800-820-9884; winthropbluesfestival.com

Downtown North Bend Block Party July 16

Enjoy the 12th annual Downtown Block Party noon-11 p.m. in the Historic District of North Bend. Enjoy a full day of local and regional music and performances, shop vendors, visit the Downtown Foundation Beer and Wine Garden and enjoy a kids zone with a variety of bouncing, sliding, playing and sensory activities, including a petting zoo. Free. Location varies; 425-888-1211; discovernorthbend.com/177/downtown-block-party

The Big, Big Block Party July 16

Enjoy a family-friendly block party with live music by the award-winning Joy Street Orchestra, swing-dance lessons, food trucks, refreshments, a craft area for kids, DJs and other entertainment 1-9 p.m. Free. 23406 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace; 206-323-1263; bethesdalcmt.com

Summer Beer Taste: Beercraft July 16

Taste microbrews and ciders from a selection of 30 Northwest breweries and cideries at the 15th annual PNA Craft Beer Taste 4-7 p.m. Admission includes 10 tastes and pub-style snacks. Purchase tickets online; $30-$35. 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; 206-783-2244; phinneycenter.org/beer

Seattle to Portland  July 16

The Seattle to Portland cycling classic returns after a pandemic hiatus with a multiday event which takes participants through the scenic valleys, forests and farmlands of Western Washington and Oregon. Purchase tickets online; $90-$190. 3924 Montlake Blvd. N.E., Seattle (start), Northeast Holladay Street and Northeast 11th Avenue, Portland (end); 206-522-3222; cascade.org

Seattle to Portland cycling classic returns after pandemic hiatus with renewed focus on community

Mukilteo Garden & Quilt Tour July 16-17

Enjoy six Mukilteo gardens open to the public for the eighth annual Mukilteo Garden and Quilt Tour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16-17. The self-directed tour of private residential gardens will feature 100 crafted quilts tastefully placed to complement the garden settings. Purchase tickets online; $15. Location varies; mukilteogardenandquilttour.org

Rock the Dock July 17

As part of The Edgewater hotel’s lineup of summer programming to celebrate its 60th birthday, Rock the Dock features a live concert performed atop a barge anchored in Elliott Bay at 4 p.m. Purchase tickets online; $40. 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle; 206-792-5959; edgewaterhotel.com

PRIDE Party July 21

Enjoy Tacoma Art Museum’s fourth annual PRIDE party to celebrate Tacoma Pride 5-8 p.m. Enjoy music from DJs LA Kendall and Tony Burns, enjoy drinks and snacks at the extended happy hour, explore galleries and experience art with local drag queens and create art projects or make buttons in the TAM Studio with museum educators. Free. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-4258; tacomaartmuseum.org/event/pride-party-3

Homespun Happy Hour July 21

The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum presents an evening of “make and take” 19th-century crafts 6-9 p.m. Try your hand at scrimshaw, candle making, leatherwork, tinsmithing, felting and more. There will also be a cash bar, food sampling and live music. Purchase tickets online; $25. 5519 Five Mile Drive, Tacoma; 253-404-3970; metroparkstacoma.org/place/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum