Summer is all about events and festivals so it was great fun chatting with Rob Butcher, owner of Chump Change Productions, today. They host one of Kirkland’s largest festivals, Kirkland Summerfest, August 10th -12th. 

Rob got started in events as a volunteer. He loved the events, and the sense of community that they created so much that he started his company, Chump Change Productions, with the soul mission to plan great events, and give back to the community. Their motto is “Building Community, One Smile At A Time”.

*Picture courtesy of KDA Kirkland Downtown Association*

Rob has certainly succeed in planning great events as Kirkland Summerfest was just voted “The Best Festival”, by the popular 425 Magazine! With over 35,000 anticipated attendee’s this year’s festival has expanded to three areas within downtown Kirkland. Stroll along Park Lane and enjoy the creative works of over 90 painters, sculptors, and other artists curated by Ryan James of Ryan James Fine Arts. Head over to Heritage Park, for family fun activities, and a chance to create some art of your own. Marina Park Pavilion offers more amazing food vendors, live music, and Saturday and Sunday morning beer yoga, and zumba hosted by Columbia Athletic Club.

One of the best things about the festival is it truly is fun for the whole family. This year Rob partnered with Kenworth in creating the ultimate family friendly space located in Heritage Park. This year is larger than ever, as they’ve added a Create Zone where kids can explore and create their own art, kid friendly food vendors, and a station to build their own robot hosted by Lake Washington High School Robotics.

*Picture courtesy of  Kirkland Summerfest *

The Kirkland Summerfest is known for not only their great artists but the live music! Located on the Main Stage each day has a full line up of repeat cover bands such as 1980’s music from Hair Nation, and a Neil Diamond tribute by Cherry Cherry. Sponsored by KEXP, you’ll also hear new up and coming local bands from their radio station, such as The Black Tones, and The Dusty 45’s.

The three day festival is a free event to attend, but you need to  purchase tickets for music, beer and wine gardens after 6pm. The Kirkland Summerfest is just one of Chump Change Productions festivals. Join Rob in September for Octoberfest or January for the ice cold Polar Plunge! To volunteer for Rob’s festivals visit Chump Change Productions, or Kirkland Summerfest Volunteer’s. Stay updated with each festival on Facebook.

Enjoy this awesome event!