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Genre Rock, punk rock, pop, alternative rock, hip hop
Dates August
Location(s) Maple Valley, Washington, United States
Years active 2011–present
Founded by Van Wolfe

VanFest is an annual music festival which takes place in Maple Valley, Washington, United States. It was founded in 2011 as a grassroots project by namesake Van Wolfe,[1] who was a student at Tahoma Senior High School at the time and described in The Stranger as a "superhuman".[2] The event series, featuring largely Pacific Northwest local bands, benefits the Maple Valley food bank.[3][4][5] VanFest Five, held in 2015, boasted four stages and 36 bands performing.[1][6] VanFest 2016 featured three stages along with a hip hop tent.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Sears, Kelton (August 11, 2015). "Can a Persistent 21-Year-Old Named Van Wolfe Put Maple Valley on the Musical Map?". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Fuller, Brittnie (August 13, 2014). "Underage". The Stranger. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
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  5. ^ Fuller, Brittnie (August 2015). "VanFest Five". The Stranger. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
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  7. ^ Newson, Aaron (August 22, 2016). "VanFest 2016 a Rousing Success". Rainy City Ambience. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Lemolo, MC Lars, S, More to Play Sixth Annual VanFest". Northwest Punk Scene. July 14, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
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