Take a mega roster of musical gems plucked from the local and national scene, and diffuse them on multiple stages. Then compliment them with as idiosyncratic a collection of art as you’re bound to find anywhere short of the Louvre. Follow by sprinkling in dance and uncommon cuisine in liberal amounts and you have the essential ingredients for a Labor Day music and arts festival that attracts throngs. That’s no surprise. That it’s taking place in the shadow of the Rainier Beach Community Plaza and not the Space Needle might be.
Art Walk Rainier Beach, now in its fifth year, is serving as a South End alternative to the “other” music and arts festival happening this Labor Day weekend. Unlike its counterpart, with its well earned reputation for astronomical ticket prices, the Art Walk is free to all attendants. Organizers promise a musical lineup that will rival anything seen north of the I-90, as the Massive Monkees, and the Eriam Sisters join dozens of other acts.
It will also feature Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson Ken Workman opening the festival with a greeting to attendants.
Organizers are hoping this year moves the festival forward to being viewed in the same light as local Seattle events as the Capitol Hill Block Party and Fremont Festival, while of course obtaining a unique South End flair.
Artwalk Rainier Beach runs from 10:00am to 4:30pm today, September 5th, at the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza. A map and full schedule of events and performances is below: