Special Events

Special Events

Cinco de Mayo - May 5
Multiple venues
Cinco de Mayo has become a global celebration of Mexican culture and pride, but the origin of this holiday commemorates Mexico's unlikely victory over the invading French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, the last invasion of Mexico by a foreign country. Mariachi music, folklorico dancing and other activities are part of celebrations at El Centro de la Raza, the Seattle Art Museum, the community of South Park, and numerous Seattle restaurants, libraries and community centers.

Guelaguetza Festival - June
Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Central District
Guelaguetza is a festival originating in the Zapotec heritage of Oaxaca, Mexico, which features traditional dances and a live brass ensemble.

Hispanic Seafair - July
Seattle Center
Part of the city-wide summer celebration, this festival offers music, arts and crafts, regional cuisine and family activities, and is presided over by the Hispanic Seafair Queen selected each year from local college student contestants.

Fiestas Patrias - September
Various locations
A fiesta and parade in the community of South Park, and a fiesta at Seattle Center, celebrate the independence from colonial rule of Mexico and several countries in Central and South America. This patriotic holiday also recognizes the diversity of Latino heritage in the Pacific Northwest, while honoring a shared language and a shared spirit of freedom. seattlefiestaspatrias.org and seattlecenter.com/festal

Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15
Various locations

The month encompasses independence anniversaries for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile, as well as Columbus Day and El Dia de la Raza on October 12. Events take place each year at libraries, museums, colleges and other community gathering places.

Seattle Latino Film Festival - October & November
Multiple locations

The Seattle Latino Film Festival celebrates the art and culture of Latino film globally, showcasing domestic and international films, as well as selected films from each year's pais invitado or featured country.

Dia de Muertos - October 31 and November 1
Seattle Center
The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration honors departed loved ones, traditionally by making altars and bringing special foods, marigolds, toys and other enjoyable items to the cemetery for a festive day of remembrance. Observations of this holiday take place at Seattle Center as part of the Festal Cultural Festivals series. Events are also held at Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and other area museums and community centers. tallermexicano.org and seattlecenter.com/festal



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