West Seattle Summer Fest 2023 @ The Junction

That island life 🏝️

📸: Courtesy The Junction

⏰ Friday: 1 pm – 8 pm* | Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm* | Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
*Main stage and beer garden open later
🎟️ Free to attend
📍 The West Seattle Junction: 4210 SW Oregon Street, Seattle

If Seattle neighborhood summer festivals competed with each other, West Seattle Summer Fest might be the reigning champion. Every summer, the fest shuts down The Junction for a weekend and fills the streets with artists, food, beer, and music—with a big emphasis on the music. It’s a major party, with beer gardens and a festive atmosphere that spreads into the local bars as night hits.

This year’s fest boasts two stages of local music. Friday night’s headliners start with Americana outfit The Dusty 45’s, who take the main stage at 7 pm, with killer vocalist Shaina Shepard taking the stage at 8 pm and progressive funk band Polyrythmics playing out the night. 

Here’s the weekend’s full line-up:

Main Stage
3 pm The Potholes
4 pm Waves Crashing
5 pm Once For Kicks
6 pm Randy Campbell
7 pm Dusty 45’s
8 pm Shaina Shepard
9 pm Polyrhythmics

Main Stage
12 pm Mode Music Showcase
1 pm School of Rock
2 pm Warren Dunes
3 pm Mikey Moo
4 pm Memphis Radio Kings
5 pm Final Body
6 pm Acid Tongue
7 pm Jarv Dee
8 pm Sandrider
9 pm The Cave Singers
DJ Yo Adrien

West Side Stage
11 am New Age Flamenco
12 pm Country Dave Harmonson
1 pm Joe Ross
2 pm Mike & Danni/Clamshell
3 pm Casey Freedom
4 pm WSMA Open Mic
5 pm Self Doubt
6 pm Garth Reeves & Cami Voss

West Side Stage
11 am WSMA camp band/Sky Skiena
12 pm The Stone Heads
1 pm Matt Benham & Bob Cerelli
2 pm Kelly Van Camp
3 pm Dave Hates Chico

As for food, keep an eye out for these vendors:

🇵🇭 LBee’s Filipino Deli: Find Filipino classics like deliciously fried lumpia and pancit, a stir-fried noodle dish.
🇬🇭 Blackstar Kebabs: This truck offers traditional Ghanaian recipes like caramelized plantains, jollof rice, and shrimp kebabs.
🍦JJFROYOGO: Cool down with ice cream or froyo, but be sure to eat it before it melts! No sticky hands for us this summer fest. 


Miranda Hardy

Miranda is a Seattle-based writer, musician, and gal about town. You can find her at the library, your local bar’s karaoke night, and staring longingly at the Ballard Locks. Don’t ask her about AI, pop music, or why she loves Seattle because you’ll never get your ear back.