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HONK! Fest West 2012, Seattle’s free festival celebrating street band culture with fanfare performances, will be taking the streets and parks by horn, drum, and HONK!er on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This year, we also have a special benefit show for traveling HONK! bands on May 31st.

The Hubbub Club delights West Seattle families (2010)

The Hubbub Club delights West Seattle families (2010)

Stay tuned to this website (and please do explore), our Facebook page and Twitter feed to catch the latest. Please consider supporting the festival as a volunteer and/or donor!

Below you’ll find the general outline of our many events all over town this year. For a more detailed schedule of performance times, see our schedule page.

This year we kick things off with a special pre-festival, all-ages, benefit show on Thursday May 31st at The Crocodile in Belltown — “Revenge! of the Band Nerds.” Proceeds will help defray travel expenses for bands coming from out of town. Details on Facebook here.

World's Best Bunnies: Environmental Encroachment

World’s Best Bunnies: Environmental Encroachment parades in Georgetown (2011)

Friday evening, June 1st, we’ll be back taking Georgetown by storm in or around the intersection of 12th Ave. S. and S. Vale St. from 6–10 pm, and continuing at The Mix till midnight. http://g.co/maps/r8xmf

After midnight, who knows what might happen?

Bucharest Drinking Team at Gas Works (2011)

Bucharest Drinking Team at Gas Works (2011)

Saturday June 2nd, we’ll be back in Gas Works Park (Wallingford/Fremont) for a free & family-friendly day of fun, from noon till 6 pm. http://g.co/maps/pas94

That evening, it’s the All-Star Revue at Hale’s Palladium, 8 pm till midnight! For this spectacular distillation of our full band line-up, we ask a modest $10 admission fee. Not to be missed!

Titanium Sporkestra blasts the EMP Sky Church

Titanium Sporkestra blasts the EMP Sky Church

Sunday June 3rd, we’ll be in the EMP Sky Church (Seattle Center) from 2–4 pm. Following that, we’ll be rompin’ around Seattle Center grounds! http://g.co/maps/wsjmr

Finally (whew!), we’ll be wrapping things up on Sunday night at the Columbia City Theater. Doors open at 7 pm. (21 & over)

HONK! Fest West takes over the International Fountain (2010)

HONK! Fest West takes over the International Fountain (2010)

Wow, with so many times and places, we hope everyone finds something to enjoy! And we hope that many of you will keep coming back for more — remember, there are nearly 25 bands to see!

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. We revel in celebration of street band culture by taking mirth and music to the streets and parks of Seattle.

Always family-friendly, always free :: fanciful costumery and audience participation are *highly* encouraged!

Want to help us put on this amazing event? Check this out:

It's not always like this as a HONK! volunteer or donor -- but sometimes.

It’s not always like this as a HONK! volunteer or donor — but sometimes!

Potential volunteers should contact our Volunteer Coordinator via our volunteer ~ we have great perks!

Community-oriented businesses, please contact us at support ~ we are especially in need of in-kind food and beverage donations.

Sponsors and donors of all stripes, please visit our donations page or IndieGoGo campaign.

We have partnered with Shunpike, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the arts, as our fiscal sponsor. This means your in-kind donation of goods to HONK! Fest West and Shunpike will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Please direct general questions and press inquiries about HONK! Fest West, please contact Tyson or M*A at info. Or, Subscribe to our newsletter.

And don’t forget, this June 1st, 2nd and 3rd to come HONK! with us!!

HONK! Fest West 2011 Procession

HONK! Fest West 2011 Procession thru Seattle Center – will you be there in 2012?

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