Festál, presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations, is a year-long series of FREE cultural festivals that honor the richness and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Center Festál presents these free world festivals on weekends throughout the year. Each event highlights the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in the Puget Sound region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more.
This collection of over 20 cultural events is produced with the generous support of KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo and RealNetworks. Additional support is provided by the City of Seattle and Seattle Center Foundation.
About Seattle Center
Seattle Center is an arts, recreational and civic center at the core of our community. It’s one of the nation’s best gathering place. Its roots reach back more than 100 years, as a site of Native American celebrations.
The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, otherwise known as Century 21, gave visitors a glimpse of the future and left Seattle with this lasting legacy. Years of planning went into the 1962 fair through the hard work of visionaries, go-getters, civic boosters, and dreamers. Many of the concepts and icons of Century 21 remain ingrained in Seattle culture, even as the “real” 21st Century has begun.
Today the legacy of the fair lives on at Seattle Center, a 74-acre urban park, home to 30 of the region’s top cultural, arts, educational and sports organizations. Seattle Center creates exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities.
Seattle Center receives over 12 million visits each year. From the local visitor enjoying one of the many festivals and events to the tourist taking in one of our region’s greatest attractions, Seattle Center continues to be a place that delights and inspire.
Seattle Center Festál celebrates global music, dance, art, crafts, history, food and insight presented through a unique partnership among community organizations on weekends throughout the year. This illuminating series of ethnic cultural festivals seeks to connect people in ways that build understanding, dispel stereotypes and generate pride among the generations who participate in these shared experiences.
Now more than 20 years old, Festal celebrates the fact that we are a nation of immigrant, indigenous, and ethnic cultures. These groups contribute in many meaningful ways to the character of the Pacific Northwest. Festál provides a stage and platform for their traditions, accomplishments and artistic expression. The series forms the bedrock of the free public programming at Seattle Center, captivating and enlightening festival-goers as they experience the distinct cultures that shape the course of our broader community
2018 Seattle Center Festal events
February 10-11, 2018 Têt in Seattle – Vietnamese Lunar New Year
March 17-18, 2018 Irish Festival
April 20-22, 2018 Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
May 12, 2018 Spirit of Africa
May 19, 2018 A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture & Arts Festival
May 25 – 28, 2018 46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival
June 2-3, 2018 Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
June 16-17, 2018 Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest
June 9, 2018 Spirit of Indigenous People
July 7, 2018 Polish Festival Seattle
August 11, 2018 Iranian Festival
August 19, 2018 BrasilFest
August 25-26, 2018 Tibet Fest
September 9, 2018 Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
September 15-16, 2018 Seattle Fiestas Patrias
September 29-30, 2018 The Italian Festival
October 7, 2018 CroatiaFest
October 13-14, 2018 Turkfest
October 20, 2018 Diwali: Lights of India
October 27-28, 2018 Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
November 3, 2018 Hmong New Year Celebration