It may be cold outside, but vendors, sponsors, and exhibitors are preparing for good weather. The time has come to begin signing up and preparing for some of Seattle’s fantastic festivals.

Seattle Summer Streets on Alki hits on May 19. After the West Seattle 5K race from 9 A.M. through 11 A.M., a portion of Alki will remain closed to traffic for the Seattle Summer Streets Festival. Businesses and non-profit agencies that contribute to the community are featured. The application to participate maybe found online http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/summer_involved.htm and must be submitted 45 days before the event. This application may also be used to sign up for summer events Greenwood Art Walk Summer Street s Party on August 9 and Ranier Valley Heritage Parade Summer Streets Party on August 17. Links to appropriate permits are provided on the site.

West Seattle Summer Fest is coming on July 12 – 14th this year. This huge fair includes shopping, crafts, live music, beer gardens, local food, a kids play area, and promises even more! Last year, 28 bands provided live music over the three festive days. There will be plenty of family entertainment and kids’ areas with fun activities for young revelers. There will likely be more than 250 vendors offering everything from books to yoga, so make sure to grab a site plan when you get there to find what you are looking for! Don’t miss The Junction, in the heart of West Seattle with great food, fantastic shopping, and more free events! The Junction has events year-round, so visitors aren’t restricted to festival days to enjoy the businesses and events. Vendor applications for the Summer Fest are being accepted now at https://oliverlittle.wufoo.com/forms/west-seattle-summer-fest-2013-vendor-registration/ . Get yours in early for a prime space at this huge festival. Applications will be reviewed on April 1 and May 6. See details on the website for rules and regulations.

Alki Art Fair hits Seattle on July 20-21. Enjoy art, music, and food at Alki Beach Park. Families are invited to take in the scenic beach while perusing the art from local talents. Artists may apply for available spaces for one or both days with fees posted at http://alkiartfair.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/aaf-application-20131.pdf . Applications should be submitted by June 20 to avoid a late fee.

Looking for something a little more unique? How about the Seattle International Film Festival? Opening night is May 16, including a red carpet and gala. The Festival concludes on June 9, with a closing night film and gala party. Ticket packages are available in various packages with discounts for supporters of the SIFF. Members may purchase tickets from now until July 1 at a discounted rate. Others may purchase tickets on the website at any time. The SIFF Film Center is located at the Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms.

Get ready. Snow may still be on the ground, but Seattle is gearing up for some awesome spring and summer festivals of all kinds. Doesn’t that warm you up a little?

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