STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL 2014
July 18, 19, & 20, 2014
Music at Beer Garden starts at 7:00 PM on Friday Night July 18th. Opens Noon on Saturday and on Sunday at 11 AM until 5 PM!
FRIDAY NIGHT Street Dance with Paa Kow's By All Means Band at US BANK STAGE starts at 9:00 PM
For a complete schedule of musical acts please visit www.vashonevents.com.
Pancake Breakfast Starts Saturday 7:00 AM and Sunday at 8:00 AM, in the Vashon Market IGA parking lot.
VENDOR/ARTIST BOOTHS Open Saturday 10 am - 7 pm/Sunday 10 am - 5 pm.
Festival Fun Zone Saturday from 1 PM to 7 PM in the Beachcomber Parking lot.
Grand Parade - Saturday 11 am with Kids Parade starting at 10:30.
Heritage Museum Stages & Libation Oaisis starts at 1 PM at the Heritage Museuem.
Music starts at The Little House Stage at 1 PM
Portage Fill Street Dance Saturday 7 PM to 9 PM outside Vashon Liqour Store. Learn to swing dance before the show. Lessons start at 6 PM.
Tom Stewart Classic Car Parade - Sunday 11:45 (Click here for Car Parade Application)
A jam-packed weekend of uniquely old-fashioned fun, food, arts and crafts, music events, parades, family activities, carnival rides, pancake breakfast, and much, much more. A DEFINITE nostalgic walk-back in time to the small town festival of days gone by.
It's true! The very first Strawberry Festival was held in 1909 at a time when Vashon Island was referred to as "The Island Gem of the Puget Sound", "Staten Island of the Pacific Coast", and "The Home of the Big Red Strawberry". In 1909 Vashon shipped more than 120,000 crates of strawberries. A reason to celebrate, indeed! The Strawberry Festival has changed names a few times since the very first one. The celebration has been called the Peach Festival, the Harvest Festival. and the Vashon Island Festival. In 1980, the event returned to the Strawberry Festival name and Vashon Island has been described as "where Mayberry meets Burning Man". No matter what this Festival has been called it is one of the most charming, fun, quirky, good times you can have in the Puget Sound.
We may not have the strawberry farms from our past, but Vashon has become home to many growers whose produce is available in our local markets, a thriving farmers market and U-pick farms scattered throughout our wonderful Island. Although our fresh strawberries are all picked by the end of June you can still enjoy the strawberriness of it all with strawberry sundaes, strawberry lemonade, strawberry iced tea, strawberry funnel cakes, strawberry topped pancakes, strawberry/kale smoothies, strawberry ice cream, and chocolate dipped strawberries from our many resturants and food vendors.
All your favorites are returning in 2014! The Saturday Night Street Dances, the traditional Grand Parade, Beer Garden, the Classic Car Parade, Vashon Artists, Alterna-Carnival Fun Zone, Pancake Breakfast, Bill Burby Fun Run, The Fireman's Water Challenge, Wine & Jazz, Music, Music and MORE!
Approximately 200 vendors will be selling crafts, clothing, jewelry, art and of course, delicious “Fair Food”. There are information booths on home improvements and Island issues, as well as a plethora of opportunities for you to support your favorite non-profit cause. Be sure to look for our "Homegrown Vashon Vendor" signs displayed at booths offering Island made products and information!