Special Events

Special Events

Photos by Jack Storms
Lunar New Year Celebration - January or February

Streets of Chinatown/International District
This multi-cultural event features lively Lion and Dragon dances; taiko drumming; Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Korean dance, arts and craft booths, and traditional cuisine. www.cidbia.org

event Dragon Fest - Early July
Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Avenue S. and surrounding streets
The Northwest's largest Asian American street fair features Japanese taiko drumming, Chinese martial-arts performances, Filipino dancing, Chinese Girls Drill Team, lion and dragon dance performances, arts and crafts, and an array of food booths. www.cidbia.org



Bon Odori - Mid July
Seattle Buddhist Temple, 1427 S Main Street
Bon Odori is a Japanese festival that honors ancestors and celebrates traditions through costumes, music, food and street dancing. The Bon holiday, also known as Obon, is one of the most important
Japanese Buddhist holidays of the year, and has been celebrated in Seattle for more than 75 years. www.seattlebetsuin.com

Pista sa Nayon - Late July
Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S
This "town festival" celebrates Filipino culture, history and community on the
shores of Lake Washington. www.pista.org



Chinatown Seafair Parade - Late July
Streets of Chinatown/International District
The parade features drill teams, marching bands, dancers, Seafair queens, Seafair pirates, and a fabulous 100-foot long Chinese dragon.

From Hiroshima to Hope - August 6th
Northwest Shore of Green Lake
A solemn and beautiful twilight ceremony marks the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Wood and paper lanterns carrying messages of peace are created by volunteers and floated on Green Lake in honor of those who died and in the hope that nuclear weapons will never be used again. www.hiroshimatohope.org

Tea Ceremonies - Various locations
The Urasenke Foundation regularly presents traditional tea ceremonies at locations around Seattle, including the Seattle Art Museum Asian Galleries and the Seattle Japanese Garden. Ceremonies are part of the living art of Chado, or the Way of Tea, part of the artistic and spiritual traditions of Japan. www.urasenkeseattle.org

Hmong New Year Celebration

Festál is a series of family-oriented community festivals throughout the year at Seattle Center. Several Asian and Asian-American festivals are part of this series of community events celebrating the people, traditions, arts, history, culture, and foods that are facets of Seattle’s rich ethnic heritage. www.seattlecenter.com/festal

Tet Vietnamese Lunar New Year - January or February
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival - April
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month - May
Northwest Folklife Festival - May
A Glimpse of China - May
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival - June
Tibet Fest - August
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival - September
Hmong New Year Celebration - November

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