MOUNT BAKER HUB FEST! September 18 Festival with September 19 Program Event Comes To Mount Baker Hub.




On Sunday September 18, 2016, a set of local musicians and artists will be showcased at the Mount Baker Hub Fest.   Then on Monday, a set of visionary “Lightning Talks” will explore the unique opportunity for a model community at the Mount Baker Hub.  

FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY:  Exploring ways that art and design can positively transform our communities, Mount Baker Hub Business Association and Friends of Mount Baker Town Center join the Seattle Design Festival with events to engage, challenge, and empower IMG_8571Seattleites.   Hub Fest is a FREE community festival on September 18th showcasing local artists through live music, food, art and community booths, beer garden, and live mural project.  Mount Baker Hub Fest takes place Sunday, September 18th, between 11 am and 5 pm on the Mt. Baker Link and ArtSpace Plaza (2915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144).

In addition to the musical line up (below), the Festival will feature a variety of visual arts by local artists and ArtSpace residents; a beer garden sponsored by Pike Brewing; mural projects, including live painting; locally produced food; amenities for cyclists including a “Kiddical Mass” bike ride, the Bike Works Mobile Unit in the afternoon, and a Family Bike Expo; and fun for the whole family, including a life-size Scrabble game hosted by Seattle Department of Transportation.

Visitors will also be able to learn the latest on the innovative Accessible Mount Baker project, which is scheduled to transform the Hub station area by 2021.  See Plan Section Views & Traffic Flow Simulation.

EXTENDED BICYCLE SUNDAY ROUTE:  As an added bonus, the City’s Bicycle Sunday will feature an Extended Route from Seward Park all the way to Beacon Hill, linking the neighborhoods and Hub Fest via the Olmsted Brother’s historic parkways.   The normal Lake Washington Boulevard closures will be in effect, and the extended route will travel along the relatively quiet Olmsted Parkways of Mount Baker Boulevard, and Cheasty Boulevard.


The night after the Festival a series of visual “Lightning Talks” will explore the topic “Mt. Baker Hub:  Transforming a 20th Century Intersection into a 21st Century Model Community.”    This Program Event takes place on Monday September 19, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Address: Mt Baker Lofts Community Room — 2915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 (facing the Mount Baker Link Station).

Group of people walking up ramp

The 2015 Hub Fest included an informative design installation on the pedestrian bridge!


The Hub Fest Lineup showcases a set of terrific local artists, including the performers below, as well as spoken word between sets: 


Rochelle House Jazz 11:15 – 12pm
Jeffrey Forde Roots/ Blues 12:15 – 1pm
Youth Speaks/ Azura Spoken Word 1:00 – 1:15
Youth Speaks/ Zora Spoken Word 1:00 – 1:15
Steering Committee Jazz Fusion/ Traditional Music 1:15 – 1:45 pm
Huong Viet Performing Arts Group Vietnamese music and dance 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Thione Diop West African drums and dance 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Cesario Spoken Word 3:00 – 3:15
Delvon Lamarr Trio Funk/ Organ 3:15 – 4pm
Jamil Suleman Hip Hop 4:15 – 5pm

Illustration from North Rainier Neighborhood Plan updateTHE DESIGN FEST PROGRAM EVENT ON MONDAY NIGHT!

The community is also invited to attend a free program event entitled, “Mount Baker Hub — Transforming a 20th Century Intersection into A 21st Century Model Community on Monday September 19th at 6:30 pm. This event also takes place at the Art Space Mount Baker Lofts, in the community room (2915 Rainier Avenue South – facing the Mt Baker Link station).   The program will present a series of visionary Town Hall-style “Lightning Talks” with presentations from:

  • Sound Transit: “Transforming Communities Through TOD”, by Sarah Lovell, Transit Oriented Development Manager
  • International Living Future Institute: “Living Community Challenge – Vision Into Action”, by Marisa Hagney, AIA Seattle Board, and Co-Chair of Seattle’s Urban Design Forum
  • Schemata Workshop: “Building On Success – Cohousing In The Capitol Hill Ecodistrict”, by Mike Mariano, Architect
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways / BikeWorks: “Changing Culture, Building Community”, by Phyllis Porter, VP of Rainier Riders Cycling Club and Chair of Black Girls Do Bike Seattle
  • Seattle Rainwise Program: “Managing Stormwater at Home”, by Susan Harper, Sr. Planning & Development Specialist, SPU and Manager, Rainwise Program
  • Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks: “Historical Connections: Building A Livable Urban Future Around Seattle’s Visionary System of Parks and Parkways”, by Jennifer Ott, VP FSOP and Historian for
  • The Miller Hull Partnership: “Net Positive Design”, by Brian Court, Architect
  • “Ebb and Flow”:  Design Concept for Hub Fest’s Transit Oriented Mural, by Ari Glass and Craig Cundiff, award-winning ArtSpace residents

These presentations will explore how the North Rainier’s Mt. Baker Hub area can become a truly sustainable community, and will provide an opportunity for community members to learn more about the area’s registration for the Living Community Challenge.

Mount Baker Hub Fest and Mount Baker Hub Lightning Talks are supported by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund, Pike Brewing, The Stranger, Sound Transit, That Brown Girl Cooks, Seattle Parks, Kings Hall, Humble Pie Pizza, Advocates Law Group, Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell and O’Reilly Auto Parts (large mural sponsor), as well as by many other partners, including the Seattle Parks Foundation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HUB FEST check out the Facebook event page  or contact Maia Segura at 206-898-7090,, or

Additional Helpful Links:hub-logo


Mt. Baker Hub Business Association










The Mount Baker Hub Business Association works to support the Mount Baker station area as a vibrant place to work, live, shop, and do business.  With support from the City’s Only in Seattle and Neighborhood Matching Fund programs, and a dedicated group of business owners and volunteers, the “Hub” serves as a steward for the district, providing inclusive programs and advocacy aimed at making the Mount Baker Hub a model transit-oriented community for businesses, residents, and visitors. 

The Friends of Mount Baker Town Center is a group of dedicated volunteers advocating for the aspirational vision of the North Rainier Neighborhood Plan, including: (1) a neighborhood park that will bridge Southeast Seattle’s worst gap in open space; (2) a pedestrian and bicycle friendly re-connection of the historic Olmsted Boulevards (Cheasty and Mount Baker Blvd); and (3) a vibrant and sustainable mixed use community within the underdeveloped Town Center rezone, supported by the diverse and historic community that surrounds it.  See  

Presented by Design in Public, the Seattle Design Festival is the region’s largest design event, bringing together the public, experts, business and city leaders to educate and promote an interdisciplinary public dialogue around the role of design in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Seattle. Please see the festival website for venue and event details:






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