The Chinatown-International District, aka “The ID” (ID is pronounced eye-dee), is one of Seattle’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods, a cultural hub for many different Asian–Pacific Islander communities. This melting pot of culture creates an undeniable draw for locals, as well as tourists. Whether it’s to sample different types of cuisine, visit one-of-a-kind specialty shops, or explore Asian culture, The ID has something for everyone.
JamFest is one of the ID’s summer music and food festivals. During JamFest, there is a festive, joyous air that will energize you. Live music and cabaret performances captivate you, while tantalizing aromas beckon you to try some food.
A single cover charge gets you entry to all music venues and free admission to The Wing (Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience). Start at The Wing to pick up a ticket and enjoy the cabaret, then head into Canton Alley and the rest of the neighborhood for food and drink specials, more live music, and discounts at participating businesses.
Adjacent to the Wing Luke Museum, historic 1910 Canton Alley is a unique setting with an antique store, memorable art experiences, and more. Historically, Canton Alley served as a hub of commercial, residential, and community based activities. Located between S King St and S Weller St and between 7th Ave S and 8th Ave S, Canton Alley has been recently renovated as a public space for community events. It an ideal location for popular Chinatown/International District outdoor events, including Dragon Fest, JamFest, and alley parties.
Also be sure to stop and enjoy Hing Hay Park–the “Park for Pleasurable Gatherings”–at the corner of 6th Avenue S and S King Street. Hing Hay was also recently renovated, doubling the park’s size and adding a performance space, seating, and activity areas among terraces and micro-stages. The ornate Grand Pavilion was designed and constructed in Taipei, Taiwan. Artwork on an adjacent building features a dragon in a depiction of Asian-American history in the Northwest. The park is a popular lunch spot, and meeting place for families and friends.
Hing Hay park;s renovation is not quite finished; the design includes an iconic gateway structure on the southwest corner, to be installed later this summer. The gateway is being fabricated off site and the artist will install it in July through August. During installation, this section of the park will be fenced for public safety.
2017 JamFest: Thursday, July 20, 5:30–9:00pm. General admission: $10, Seniors: $8, Students: $6, Wing Museum Member: $5. More info: http://www.wingluke.org/jamfest
The Wing, 719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104 (Google map). Bus service runs one block north of King, along Jackson Street from 5th to 8th Avenue S. Bus lines 7, 14, 36 and 99 (Waterfront Streetcar Line).
The Wing Museum, 719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104