Are you ready for some footfall? DennyFest takes place at Kirkland’s O.O. Denny Park on Sunday, September 13



Ready for some footfall? Then get over to Kirkland’s O.O. Denny Park on the shores of Lake Washington to hear the sounds of footsteps parading with dogs, lined up for food, and dancing to live music in the Finn Hill neighborhood annual celebration known as DennyFest. Sponsored by the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA), the fun takes place on Sunday, September 13th from 12pm to 4pm.

All area residents and supporters of FHNA are welcome at the 7th annual event. O.O. Denny Park is located at 12032 Holmes Point Drive, about a mile off Juanita Drive. Get onto Holmes Point Drive either at the intersection where Fire Station 25 is located or across from Inglewood QFC.

Live Music

The rousing Geoffrey Castle and his band returns with his electric six-string violin explosion. Northwest University’s own Jessie Oliver is back with her personal songwriting vocals. And neighborhood namesake Finn Hill Jazz Quartet is back to perform its jazz, Latin, and blues music.

Dog Parade and Contests

The footsteps include lots of furry ones, too, with a dog competition. It starts with a parade of dogs around the park at 2pm. Then several competitions are held. Participants are asked to donate $2 for each competition entry. A panel ofjudges will handle the canine critiques and awards will be given to dogs judged tops in several categories. Bring your canine companion on a leash.

Chili Cookoff and Pie Contest

It wouldn’t be DennyFest without a Denny feast. The popular chili cookoff has contestants vying to be named top flavor artisan. Contestants are asked to bring a campstove and at least two gallons of chili to serve to festival attendees. The top three vote-getters named by you get bragging rights for a year. The pie contest satisfies the sweet cravings of festival attendees with the same honors to those judged best. Interested participants can contact Kristin at Or show up on time and prepared to dish it out with the best of them.

Neighborhood Planning

We will also have booths from local organizations and merchants – and this year we’ll have a booth for our neighborhood plan consultant, UW’s Green Futures Lab. Stop by and find out what we are doing to create a plan for Finn Hill that will accommodate growth while preserving the beautiful green spaces that make Finn Hill a fantastic place to live.

Trail Tour

Lou Berner will be leading an interpretive forest walk. The area’s wooded acreage is one of the main reasons local residents love living on Finn Hill. Lou will describe the area vegetation, wildlife, and history.

Fun for the Kids

There will be an activity area for younger children. This is always on of the most popular activities with face painting and fun arts and crafts that entertain the young ones all afternoon. A bouncy house helps burn off lots of energy courtesy of Windermere Real Estate’s Jim Lloyd and Michael “Smit” Smith. Ruben Barron will entertain with his magic tricks and great sense of humor.

Shuttle Service

A shortage of parking at the park doesn’t have to deter you from visiting. This year the Inglewood Presbyterian Church at 7718 NE 141st Street (a few blocks east past the QFC shopping area) offers up its parking lot and visitors can get shuttled back and forth via bus.

Volunteers Welcome

You can be an even more integral part of DennyFest byvolunteering.  Short shifts are available to help with the dog show, grilling hot dogs and burgers, and setting up and cleaning up. If you’re willing to offer up even a short amount of time to pitch in, contact Marc at

FHNA is an 21-year-old non-profit organization that brings neighbors in the Finn Hill area of Kirkland together through land conservation, environmental stewardship, and civic oversight to support and enhance the Finn Hill neighborhood. For more information about FHNA and up-to-date details regarding DennyFest, visit or the FHNA Facebook page (search Finn Hill Alliance).