• Marie McKinsey

HONK! If You Love Music

Updated: Mar 26

Note: This post was from 2010 when HONK! Fest West was held in the West Seattle Junction. If you want to attend the 2021 version, which will be in Columbia City, check out the HONK! Fest West website, and mark your calendars for September 18th.


Honk! Fest in West Seattle's Alaska Junction

Today is the last day of the 3rd annual HONK! Fest West, a three-day festival of street music featuring marching bands and lots of horns. Stage areas have been designated in the Junction business district in my neighborhood of West Seattle and one block of the main street has been closed off for the event.


It's a beautiful sunny day, perfect for getting outside, visiting the Farmer's Market and checking out the bands. There are over 20 of them here from all across the US and Canada.


I nearly got run over by the Minor Mishap Marching Band as they charged out into the street to perform. Maybe that's how they got their name. This band is not the typical marching band I remember from high school!

Minor Mishap Marching Band West Seattle

Honk! Fest

2021 Update:

From their website:

"HONK! Fest West is a free, three-day, community-supported music festival devoted to marching bands, drum corps, samba lines, and anything acoustic and mobile that makes a ruckus. This immersive festival occurs annually in June, and is 100% volunteer-run, performed, and organized. HONK! is on every continent; with Seattle’s festival occurring since 2008."


"This immersive festival occurs annually in June, and is 100% volunteer-run, performed, and organized. HONK! is on every continent; with Seattle’s festival occurring since 2008."


"H!FW acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle — the Duwamish People past and present — and honor with gratitude the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe, and the Coast Salish people."





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