Festivals/Annual Events

Westfest was held this past weekend at Holy Rosary School in West Seattle, and included entertainment for the family like a climbing wall

The festival, on Sept. 18 through 20, was run solely by volunteers from Holy Rosary Parish.

The annual Westfest, on its 20th year, was held to celebrate the end of a good summer and to kick off the new school year.

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Photos by Megan McLaughlin

Children climb the rock wall at the 20th annual Westfest held last weekend at Holy Rosary School. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW MORE.

Want to have some fun this weekend AND learn a thing or two? The sixth annual Sustainable Ballard Festival is this coming Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

First, Undrive to get there, which means that if you can avoid using fossil fuel to attend, awesome! Bus, bike, walk or carpool. Once you arrive, well, there are so many options! You can attend a cooking demo, see how to make cheese at home, learn about solar hot water options, watch a demonstration on designing your vegetable garden, listen to music, grab a delicious local snack and visit chickens and goats in the Urban Farm Zone.

And that’s only a few of the activities available with great stuff for kids, too!

Oh, did I mention the price? FREE, free, free.

Hours are noon to 5 p.m. each day. And, you are welcome to bring your own plate, cup and cutlery to cut down on trash while eating at the festival. If you come before 3 p.m. on Sunday be sure to say hello to me at the Urban Farm Zone.

See you there!

Rhonda lives in Ballard and is the Urban Crop Circle Project Leader for Sustainable Ballard. Questions, Comments, Ideas? You can reach her at Rhonda@sustainableballard.org.

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Photo courtesy Rhonda Brown

Alternative methods of transportation are encouraged to get to the sixth annual Sustainable Ballard Festival this coming Saturday and Sunday Ballard Commons Park, corner of Northwest 57th Street and 22nd Avenue Northwest, from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

28 teams competed for grand champion title

Twenty-eight teams competed for the title of grand champion in the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association competition on Sunday, Sept. 20.

The teams came from as far away as Vancouver B.C. and central Oregon to compete in the event, now in its sixth year. The association, a recognized affilliate of the world famous Kansas City BBQ Society, was formed in 1991 by a group of barbecue cooks in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years it has grown from 20 members to more than 400 internationally.

Thousands of people attended this years event, which had contestants vying to be the best at pork shoulder, brisket, chicken and ribs.

Michael Stevenson, of Lynnwood, who normally photographs the event was in his second year of the competition. He uses apple juice as a secret ingredient and sprays it on his baby back ribs right on the grill.

"It keeps them moist and gives them flavor," he said.

Ty Staley, who took home the title two years ago was back this year with a new $16,000 barbecue grill. He said the secret to good barbecue is to cook, "Low and slow."

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Patrick Robinson

J.D. McGee opens the top of the 55 Gallon Drum Smoker built by Brian Moriarity. He won the grand champion title at the sixth annual Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association competition. CLICK PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW.

More than 236 cars on display

The 2nd Annual Junction car show got underway early Sunday morning, Sept. 20, with many of the participants taking their places along Calfornia Avenue Southwest well before the 8 a.m. starting time.

The show featured cars from the 1930's, 1940's 1950's, 1960's and 1970's and this year saw more than 236 participants.

The sunny skies encouraged thousands to show up.

Music for the show was provided by DJ Galen Suave. The event also featured a number of raffles, antique fire trucks from the Last Resort Fire Department, the Miss Oh Boy! O'Berto Hydroplane and plenty food at Junction restaurants.

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Patrick Robinson

A classic car makes its way up Calfornia Avenue Southwest to a spot in the show during the 2nd Annual Junction Car show on Sept. 20. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW SLIDESHOW.

This year’s sixth annual Sustainable Ballard Festival will focus on families and how they can become greener while at the same time saving money.

The event this year will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at Ballard Corners Park.

The first stop parents and kids can take will be on Transportation Row, Jenny Heins, Sustainable Ballard President and festival coordinator said.

“Kids coming down Transportation Row get to check out the dog scooter, different vehicles and different interactive things,” she said. “For adults we have information about ways to save money by using public transportation, as well as do-it-yourself items like electrical vehicle conversions.”

There will also be Sustainable Bike Tours to give residents a chance to learn about the benefits of biking while meeting their neighbors.

This year’s bike tour is a two-hour round trip ride. There will be stops at chicken coops, shared gardens, P-Patches, rain barrels, green buildings, cider presses and more.

At the Green Home Center, kids will have a chance to turn cranks and see how much power they can generate, Heins said.

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Courtesy of Sustainable Ballard

A budding green thumb shows her tossing skills at last year's Eat Local Booth during the Sustainable Ballard Festival.

Annual celebration was bright and colorful

Saturday September 12th saw the Arts-A-Glow festival takeover downtown Burien. The event featured seven local and regional artists who created temporary, site-specific lantern installations ranging from salmon to seahorses to creations that defied description. All of the artists designed around the theme of Gathering!, which celebrates the beauty and magic of coming together. Many people in attendance made their own lanterns to join the fun. Live music was provided by the Yellow Hat Band and later in the evening by the Boys of Greenwood Glen.

A lantern procession began from the new Burien Town Square park around 8 p.m and was followed by a 3-D shadow puppet theater and more live music. The event was sponsored by the City of Burien, Burien Arts, B/ IAS, Denise Henrikson & Leslie Zenz, 4-Culture, Elliott Bay Brewing 

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Patrick Robinson

Salmon lanterns decorated an area near Burien Town Square as part of Burien's annual Arts-A-Glow festival Saturday, Sept 12th.

South Park Arts' "Crank it Up 2009" festival in Cesar Chavez Park took a lot of heat this year, literally.

The annual event attracted kids and the young at heart who decorated their bicycles with art supplies on hand like paper flowers, colorful ribbon and magic markers. They glided off on their colorful chariots a short bicycle ride around the neighborhood and returned for freshly cooked ethnic foods and live music.

This year's event, Saturday, Sept. 12, found its participants blanketed under blazing sun, with temperatures in the high 80's.

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Steve Shay

Jamila Daka, 10, arranges paper flowers to fasten to a bicycle basket at the South Park Arts festival "Crank it Up 2009." The festival featured a bike ride, music and ethnic food on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Cesar Chavez Park.

Though the event has a heavy focus on microbrews, the 13th annual Fremont Oktoberfest will not be a celebration just for those of drinking age, according to organizers.

Families should round up the troops as this year’s Oktoberfest will be filled with food, beverages and entertainment geared toward all ages.

“I think the event itself is shaping up to be one of the most interesting Oktoberfests yet,” said Phil Megenhardt of Bold Hat productions, the company producing the event.

The annual event, which takes place the weekend of Sept. 18 through 20, is also a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.

There will be a number of stages set up to host multiple events and entertainment throughout the weekend, such as the pumpkin carving exhibition, City Dog Cover Dog Model Contest and more.

Megenhardt said what he's most excited about is the collaboration with the television show The Simpsons 20th anniversary party, which will host the Oktoberfest's main stage.

Fremont will be the West Coast leg of the show's anniversary party, said Megenhardt.

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Photo courtesy of Bold Hat Productions

This year's Fremont Oktoberfest will have activities geared toward all ages. As always, the festival includes various events, including the infamous Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, pictured above from last year.

Heavy rains continued their deluge on Bumbershoot 2009 during day three of the festival.

Umbrellas and plastic ponchos covered most of the audience at the outdoor stages.

But, the weather didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the hordes of festival-goers streaming into Memorial Stadium for the Black Eyed Peas' afternoon set. And, volunteers at the indoor visual arts exhibits said they were busier than ever.

The sun, itself, even made one or two appearances to great effect, most notably during Delhi 2 Dublin's set on the Fisher Green Lawn, where the multicultural band led the large crowd in a cheer to the improving weather.

Slideshow Featuring:

-Minus 5

-The Knux

-Delhi 2 Dublin

-Wise Fools NM

-The New Mastersounds


-Champagne Champagne

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Photos by Michael Harthorne

Local group Champagne Champagne got people out of the rain and into the EMP's Skychurch during the final day of Bumbershoot. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Bumbershoot artists, organizers and ticket holders probably all woke up Sunday morning, the second day of the festival, thinking the same thing, "Oh no."

Heavy rains soaked Seattle for most of the morning on Sept. 6, putting a potential damper on the festival.

But by the time the afternoon came around, spots of sun were periodically breaking out, adding extra drama to the performances.

Though many festival-goers were carrying umbrellas and headed for the indoor exhibits whenever the weather turned threatening again, the record rainfall could not keep thousands of people dancing on the soaked ground for bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and U.S.E.

Slideshow Featuring:

Dyme Def

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Honey Bear


Sera Cahoone

Common Market

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Michael Harthorne

Local group Dyme Def, backed by Big World Breaks, took the stage just in time for the sun to break through the clouds on the second day of Bumbershoot. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

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