DennyFest will draw hundreds to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland on Sunday for an afternoon of free music, entertainment and food. Photo courtesy of Marc Ackerman

DennyFest will draw hundreds to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland on Sunday for an afternoon of free music, entertainment and food. Photo courtesy of Marc Ackerman

DennyFest promises family fun in Kirkland

The annual neighborhood festival will be held Aug. 19 at O.O. Denny Park.

DennyFest, the annual Finn Hill neighborhood festival, is coming up this weekend. The celebration runs from 12-4 p.m. on Aug. 19 at O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland, on the shores of Lake Washington.

It’s free, open to everyone and a great way for the whole family to enjoy a beautiful August afternoon on the lake, according to Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance President Scott Morris.

The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance has been hosting DennyFest at O.O. Denny Park for about 10 years, and Morris said that anywhere from 700 to 1,000 people usually attend. Adults, children and pets will be able to enjoy the festivities.

“We’ve got live music from talented local groups – the excellent Finn Hillbillies and, of course, the amazing Geoffrey Castle Band. We have a bouncy house, a sports inflatable and other games and activities for the kids,” he said. “Plus, we have a dog show so that our canine residents get a moment in the sun, too.”

There will also be free food and beverages, along with a magician, Wild Child portraits and a raffle, with ticket proceeds raising funds for the Billy Goat Trail and the Finn Hill Green Loop.

“We’re delighted that the community supports it with ever increasing attendance,” Morris said. “It’s all free, so we’re grateful to have terrific local sponsors — Bartell Drugs, QFC, Cornerstone Dentistry, Bill Blanchard at Windermere Realty and Finn Hill Shell.”

O.O. Denny Park is a popular spot, particularly during DennyFest, Morris said.

“To relieve parking congestion, folks should consider leaving their cars at Inglewood Presbyterian on 141st [Street] at the top of Finn Hill,” he noted. “The church has kindly offered to run shuttle buses between its parking lot and DennyFest all afternoon.”

DennyFest schedule

12-3 p.m. — Hot dogs, snacks, and beverages

12:15-1:30 p.m. — The Finn Hillbillies perform

12:50-1:20 p.m. — Louis the Magician street magic

1-3 p.m. — Ice cream!

1:15-2:30 p.m. — Dog competition

1:45-2:15 p.m. — Louis the Magician stage show

2:30-4 p.m. — Geoffrey Castle Band performs

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