HONK! Fest West 2024 @ Georgetown, Columbia City, and Pratt Park

Bringing beats to streets 🥁

📸: HONK! Fest West

📆 Friday, May 31st – Sunday, June 2nd
🎟 Free

HONK! Festival West is all about bringing music to the streets during an annual multi-day fest in public spaces. This year, it’ll happen from May 31st to June 2nd, 2024. 

Imagine the energy of a second-line procession from New Orleans brought to a neighborhood near you in the Seattle area. In 2024, HONK! goes down in Georgetown on May 31st, Columbia City on June 1st, and Pratt Park on June 2nd. A worldwide festival, it started near Boston in 2006 when a group of renegade street bands got their groove on. Two years later, the event spread to Seattle. Now, it happens all over, including in our neighboring cities of Tacoma and Portland. 

In addition to brass bands, find percussion groups, punk rock marching bands, and even Seattle-based cultural performances all jamming away. Expect color and costumes from the performers and an all-ages crowd psyched for summer. Plus, tSeattle’sy of the horn section.


📍 Georgetown
📅 Friday, May 31st
🕓 6 – 10 pm
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Five stages with tons of performers, including New Orlean’s own Young Fellaz Brass Band, local marching band Chaotic Noise, and Seattle’s all-women, non-binary, and trans street band Filthy FemCorps

📍 Columbia City
📅 Saturday, June 1st
🕓 12 – 8 pm
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See the cosplaying band 8-Bit Brass Band play anime anthems, film favorites, and video game melodies. Also, check out the Brazilian dance group Vamolá and stick around for the open jam at the end of the night.

📍 Pratt Park
📅 Sunday, June 2nd
🕓 12 – 6 pm
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Two stages will finish this festival to cap off the event on the final day. From Costa Rica, don’t miss Cimarrona La Original Domingueña—or Tacoma’s all-ages community street band, Tacomarama. Another local favorite to catch is AGAB, playing “bangers for the theys and gays of every generation.”

Find the full HONK! Fest lineup on their website. (Tip: They have even added a Thursday night kick-off party at Black and Tan Hall. Reservations are required!)

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.