Seattle Center Festál Announces 23 Free Festive Weekends in 2016

Seattle Center Festál Announces 23 Free Festive Weekends in 2016

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Polish Festival at Seattle Center
Polish Festival at Seattle Center

In 2016, Seattle Center and community organizations in the Seattle region present 23 ethnic festivals on weekends throughout the year. The acclaimed series, which fosters unity by honoring diversity, opens with Tết Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year in mid-February and concludes with a celebration of Dawali in Festival of Lights, the first weekend of November.

Seattle Center Festál is the bedrock of the free, public offerings at Seattle Center, captivating and enlightening festival-goers as they experience the distinct cultures that influence the character and course of the broader community.

Following is information and details on the 2016 series:

Seattle Center Festál: Tết Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14
Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion

Traditional dress, lucky money, martial arts and Children of the Dragon preserve the rituals, joys and learnings of an ancient culture – celebrating its 20th year at Seattle Center in 2016.

Seattle Center Festál: Irish Festival
12 p.m.-6  p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14

Irish gigs, genealogy, dance and drumming enliven Irish culture and heritage in the Pacific Northwest –  now marking its 45th year in Seattle.

Seattle Center Festál: Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, March 20

The young festival – in its 4th year at Seattle Center – presents music, dance, food and fashion to highlight French influence around the world and in our region. À bientôt!

Seattle Center Festál: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
10 a.m-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 22-24
Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion

A feast for the senses, articulated by Taiko drums, ikebana flowers and intricate artwork, illuminate ancient views of a modern culture. Celebrating 37 years at Seattle Center in 2016.

Seattle Center Festál: Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration
12 p.m.-5  p.m., Sunday, May 1

Lion dances, martial arts, live music, and expressive art forms explore Cambodian, Thai, Laos, and Tongan civilizations.

Seattle Center Festál:  A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, May 21

Journey from Beijing to Seattle through 5,000 years of visual arts, crafts, traditional dance, and music of China.

Northwest Folklife Festival
Friday-Monday, May 27-30, throughout the grounds.

This Northwest tradition – observing its 45th year at Seattle Center – evolves with our communities as it presents multicultural arts and traditions through lively music, dance, stories and art.

Seattle Center Festál: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., June 4-5
Armory and Mural Amphitheatre

The 30th annual festival presents pageantry, music, martial arts, drill teams and visual arts to celebrate Filipino independence and showcase the beauty of the country and people.

Seattle Center Festál: Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest
Saturday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., June 11-12
Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof

Continuous live music and Southern spiced foods illuminate African-American heritage and inspiration in this soulful and fun-filled event – celebrating 36 years in 2016.

Seattle Center Festál: Spirit of Indigenous People
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 25
Armory and Mural Amphitheatre

Colorful costumes, rhythmic dance and storytelling preserve the sacred and promote the value of indigenous ancestries throughout the world – now in its 7th year at Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Festál: Polish Festival 
12 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, July 9
Armory and Mural Amphitheatre

Polish food, thrilling performances, cultural workshops and vibrantly decorated costumes and crafts celebrate this jubilant culture – now in its 5th year at Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Festál: Iranian Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., August 13

Expressive performances, poetry, face painting, puppetry and authentic cuisine offer a glimpse into this rich and multifaceted culture – in its 10th year at Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Festál: BrasilFest
12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, August 21
Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof

The 18th annual tropical “carnival” showcases the lively music, martial arts, food and cultural roots of this South American ethnic mosaic.

Seattle Center Festál: Tibet Fest
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28
Armory and Fisher Rooftop

The ancient and unique thrives at this 21st annual festival highlighting Himalayan arts, music and stories that express a cultural pride rooted in kindness, compassion and love.

Seattle Center Festál: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, September 11
Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof

As the festival enters its ninth year, the resourceful aloha spirit comes to life in the Hula, Ono food, music, crafts, tourism resources and a Hawaiian marketplace.

Seattle Center Festál: Seattle Fiestas Patrias
Saturday, 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.-6  p.m., September 17-18
Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion

Wellness and community intermingle in this Latin American independence celebration – in its 38th year at Seattle Center – filled with lively music, tantalizing foods and family.

Seattle Center Festál: The Italian Festival
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, September 24-25
Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion.

Pasta and pizza, popular music and wine, grape stomping, and expressive displays recognize the remarkable contributions of this dynamic and artful culture – in its 29th year at Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Festál: CroatiaFest
12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, October 2

Acclaimed dance ensembles, art exhibits, foods, tourism information, intricate costumes, and historical displays explore this rich culture at the 12th annual CroatiaFest.

Seattle Center Festál: TurkFest
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16

Folkdances, elaborate costumes, culinary delights, and a tempting bazaar underscore Turkish linkages to East and West – now in its 16th year at Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Festál: Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30

Exquisite arts, elaborate altars, face masks, processions, special foods and ritual honor the past and celebrate our departed at this 15th annual festival of the dead.

Seattle Center Festál: Hmong New Year
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, November 5

This family celebration preserves the ancient highland cultures of China, Laos and Thailand as it brings together Hmong people from across the region.

Seattle Center Festál: Festival of Lights
12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, November 6

The final Festál event is also the newest – in its first year at Seattle Center – sharing the story of Diwali as it presents Indian music and dance, crafts, children’s activities and flavorful Indian food.

Seattle Center Festál is a program of Seattle Center Productions. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit or call 206 684-7200.



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