Thanks to the 50,000 people who made the 2013 Strawberry Festival a huge success. We look forward to the 2014 Festival, which will take place the Third Weekend of July.
July 18, 19, & 20, 2014
Music starts Friday Night July 19th.
Vendors Booths Open Saturday 10 am - 7 pm/Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Grand Parade - Saturday 11 am
Tom Stewart Classic Car Parade - Sunday 12 noon
Festival Photos Courtesy of Steve Amos
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 food vendors.
All your favorites are returning in 2013! The Saturday Night Street Dances, the traditional Grand Parade, Beer Garden, the Classic Car Parade, Vashon Artists, Kid’s Carnival, Kiwanas 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!