Duwamish River Festival / Festival del Río Duwamish

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary on August 20th, 2016!

The Duwamish River Festival / Festival del Río Duwamish is on August 20, 2016 at Duwamish Waterway Park!  On this 10th Anniversary – we are celebrating 10!  10 milestones for our river, 10 achievements for this community, 10 stories from our community, 10 things to look for in the upcoming cleanup, and more!  This event is all about the health of the river and its surrounding communities – and we are inviting performers, organizations, agencies, and more to participate!

Right now, we are recruiting:

  • Sponsors to collaborate with us to ensure it is successful day for everyone! Check out the Sponsorship Letter
  • Dance and music performers that celebrate the diversity of these community
  • Organizations or individuals interested in hosting an activity focused on health and art for families and attendees throughout the day!

 Interested in participating in the 2016 Duwamish River Festival / Festival del Río Duwamish?  Contact Hannah at hannah – at – duwamishcleanup.org.

Thank you for making 2014 our biggest Duwamish River Festival yet!

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It was a beautiful day to  celebrate our communities and our River!

This year at the festival:

  • We hosted about 1300 + attendees who enjoyed food, informational and interactive booths, kayak and boat tours,
  • We received the help and support of about 100 amazing volunteers.
  • We were able to host a waste free event.  Thank you Ecoss for your support..  that this is the best waste sorting event of this size—with 1300 people we had less than 1 bin of garbage, and practically no contamination (things in wrong bins)! A great example to replicate elsewhere.
  • We were able to provide about 1200 delicious and free tacos from our local restaurant Muy Macho.
  • In conjunction with South Park Arts, we had LIVE ART for the first time at our Festival featuring our River and wildlife!
  • We were able to raffle off about 25 different gifts from Macklemore baskets, to museum tickets and memberships.
  • We conducted a survey in three different languages ( Spanish, English and Vietnamese to ask how can we improve the Festival and got about 200 responses.

Have a look at our photo album from the 2014 festival.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for everyone’s valuable contribution and support. See you next year!

2013 Duwamish River Festival and Lucha Libre In The Park

Last year’s River festival and Lucha Libre In The Park brought great entertainment, river tours, raffle prizes, luchadores, and important cleanup information to the Duwamish River Valley.  Just a few highlights from the sunny, summer festival:

  • Over 2,000 people attended the festival and Lucha Libre In The Park and learned, shared stories and celebrated the ongoing cleanup of the Duwamish River and the valley’s diverse communities!
  • Representative Zack Hudgins attended the event, handed out raffle prizes, and talked about the need for a thorough cleanup of the Duwamish River to protect our health and our children.  Let’s make it happen, Rep. Hudgins!
  • More than 1,000 delicious burritos and hot dogs were devoured by festival attendees.
  • Musicians and dancers representing the diverse and rich cultures of the Duwamish Valley performed for happy crowds.
  • Over 35 community groups, businesses, non-profits, clubs, tribes and local, regional and federal agencies had interactive and educational booths about the river cleanup and community health.

See the pictures of the event here  (thanks, Reynaldo Martínez, for being our amazing photographer for the event!)

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Special thanks to the people that made this year’s festival and Lucha Libre In The Park a reality:

Thank you to our 2013 sponsors:

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG, Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, Port of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities, The Boeing Company, Environmental Protection Agency, South Park Arts, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Washington State Department of Ecology, Alki Kayak Tours & Adventures Center, Anchor QEA LLC, EnviroIssues, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, The South Park News & West Seattle Blog, Center for Ecogenetics & Environmental Health, CleanScapes Inc., Eco-Logica Magazine, Seattle Aquarium, Washington State Department of Health, Fonte Coffee, Forterra, Noise w/o Sound, Public Health – Seattle & King County, Puget Sound Sage, South Seattle Community College, The Garden Hotline, Urban Press, Washington Environmental Council, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, World Dance Party and Worker Center.

Planning committee:

Alberto J. Rodríguez (DRCC/TAG),  Angie Hong (DRCC/TAG), Bill Pease (ECOSS), Elizabeth Loudon (ECOSS),  Hollis Riggins (South Park), Kris Larson (ATSDR), Laura West (DRCC/TAG),  Marilyn Hair (Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health – UW), Molly Mastel (ATSDR), Paulina López (DRCC/TAG),  Randy Wiger (Seattle Parks and Recreation), Robert Sullinger Jr. (Boeing) and Wafa Tafesh (DRCC/TAG).

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Too many to name each and every single one of you… but you know who you are.   Your help is what made of this event a successful one!

If you have any feedback about the event (what went well and/or what can we improve for next year’s festival) please contact Alberto at (206) 453-9803 or email alberto@duwamishcleanup.org.

 Duwamish River Festival 2012

Last year hundreds of people, young and old, came out to celebrate the cleanup and restoration of the Duwamish River.   View photos.