We will have lots of fun activities for kids, great music, and wonderful food. Festival activities take place indoors inside Neighborhood House (at 6400 Sylvan Way SW), as well as outdoors in the park and at the Bee Garden.
8:30 AM: Our earliest event, the Honey Run takes off! This is an informal fun run in which runners and walkers of all ages and abilities do laps around the park. Each lap is 1K. How many will you do? If your answer is "Zero" (or "Me? Are you kidding?"), come watch and cheer for the participants. You might change your mind...
10 AM - 3 PM: Music! Music! Music! DJ Peter Wright plays world music in the park!
10 AM: Prepare to be in a parade! Bring your kids and/or pets to Neighborhood House for face painting and a cool balloon art or paper flower hat! If time permits, adults can dress as bees or flowers too!
11 AM: The Kids & Pets Parade begins! It will be led by the Big Bee, a huge puppet and drum inspired by the traditional dragon dance from Asia. The High Point Vietnamese community designed, built and will operate this exciting spectacle!
11 AM - 2 PM: Our not-so-typical Vendor Fair takes place! We've invited awesome vendors and organizations who focus on environmental sustainability, help support bees or offer bee-related products, and/or provide resources and information to our community. The Vendor Fair takes place on Lanham Place SW, the street that borders the west edge of the park.
11 AM - 2 PM: The Plant - Seed - Tool Swap will be back for its 2nd year. Bring your excess plants and take home others! On its way to becoming a perennial favorite, you'll find this event located near the north end of the Vendor Fair. Just come to the corner of SW Graham Street and Lanham Place SW. Volunteers will be there to help unload or carry your items!
11 AM - 2 PM: Pop-Up Sewing, a new event focused on keeping textiles out of landfills, will take place inside Neighborhood House. Do you have a favorite item in need of repair? Bring it in to fix yourself or get help from experts. All materials and tools are provided, free!
12 PM: Watch the fascinating Bee Hive Demo by beekeepers at the West Seattle Bee Garden! It's a highlight of the West Seattle Bee Festival!
12 PM - 2 PM: Take self-guided Bee Garden Tours while beekeepers from the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association are on-hand in the Bee Garden and available to answer questions! Do you want to learn how to get started with beekeeping? Would you like information about gardening for pollinators? The PSBA beekeepers will “bee” happy to help you! Wonderful honey, most from Washington state, will be available to purchase. Come taste free samples!
12 PM - 1:30 PM: Enjoy the International Finger Food Buffet inside Neighborhood House!
12 PM - 2 PM: Art and science activities take place inside Neighborhood House!
Woodland Park Zoo will host a program about surprising pollinators.
Artist, Kimisha Turner will return to host art activities for kids.
Anne Dold will demonstrate how to build a mason bee house.
Music continues at the festival until 3 PM, even as the other events wind down! Come have fun, meet neighbors, make new friends, and learn how you can help support bees!