Save the date!

The 11th annual HONK! FEST WEST returns June 1-3, 2018. See you in the streets!


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If you have ever enjoyed Seattle’s free festival celebrating brass, percussion and street band culture, then please visit our donations page!


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Thank you to Friends of Waterfront Seattle for being our Grand Marshal Sponsor for our 10th Year!!!

photo by Curtis Cronn.

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HONK! Fest West 2017 is pleased to present the following bands for our 10th year!


HONK! Fest West 2017 Photo Album!



Join the Orphan band!

Do you love street bands music? Do you know how to play an instrument? Have you always wanted to be a part in one of those awesome brass bands that plays in the HONK! festivals? NOW is your moment! The Orphan band is looking for orphan musicians to play together. The rehearsal are Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm in the Ballard area. All levels are welcome! For more information please send one email to:


Announcing the first ever HONK! Fest West Symposium!

We will be featuring keynotes, roundtable discussions, and lightning talks from HONK! original founders, influencers, and luminaries. A wide variety of HONK! and community focused themes will be covered.
There is also a plan in the works for a post-symposium mixer.
This first ever HONK! Fest West Symposium will be a historic occasion that you will not want to miss. See the comments for a photo of the agenda. More information in:




In the spirit of the community building and accessible music, we welcome you to our monthly series: HONK!JAM! This is an all-ages *free* event, and everyone with an interest in making music with others is encouraged to grab your instrument and join us! You can find HONK!JAM at Cafe Racer from 7p on fourth Thursdays: Next dates are June 22, July 27 and August 24. Come to join us!

HONK! festivals are notorious for the inclusive jamming of standards and band favorites, and now we’re bringing that tradition to you. Musicians from local HONK! bands will be leading the jams, and we’ll be learning a few HONK! classics together. All you need is a willingness to play music with others to join in. So dust off the old instrument, or pick up the new, or grab your trusty standby, and jam with us!

And look for HONK!JAMs to continue throughout 2017. A big thanks to the awesome folks at Cafe Racer for hosting!