Celebrating Festál Festivals
Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year / January 21-22, 2017
Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts and a lively marketplace.
Irish Festival / March 11-12, 2017
Dive into the many expressions of Irish culture in America, from stepdancing to Irish jigs, and go deeper to learn about the Irish language and the history of the Emerald Isle.
Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures / March 19, 2017
The annual French Festival provides contemporary examples of the worldwide francophonie, from French-speaking Africa to France, Louisiana, or French Canada. It’s a gathering point for the many populations in Seattle united by the French language.
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival / April 21-23, 2017
The oldest community cultural festival in Festál, for 40 years this festival has shone a light on the traditions of Japan through performances like Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations.
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration / May 7, 2017
With so many ties to Asian and Pacific Island cultures in Seattle, this festival is a chance for many communities to come together. In 2016, performers represented cultures from China, The Philippines, Tahiti, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, Hawai’i, Thailand, Samoa, and more.
Spirit of Africa / May 13, 2017
Spirit of Africa showcases the talents of African musicians, dancers, and artists in the region and from around the country to celebrate the rich cultural heritage initially of West African — and now all African — people.
A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival / May 20, 2017
Experience 5,000 years of Chinese history with A Glimpse of China, from authentic Chinese food to martial arts, Chinese dance and music, calligraphy, and language lessons.
46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival / May 26 – 29, 2017
One of the largest free folk festivals in the country, the 46th annual Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the music, dance, stories, and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest.
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival / June 3-4, 2017
Commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence, Pagdiriwang has grown into the biggest festival of Filipino arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest.
Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest / June 10-11, 2017
A celebration of African-American culture, Festival Sundiata exhibits all art forms from the African diaspora.
Spirit of Indigenous People / June 24, 2017
This spirited, brilliantly colorful festival focuses on traditional and contemporary music, dance, arts and crafts, as festival organizers seek to build better understanding and regard for Natives as the indigenous people of North America.
Polish Festival Seattle / July 8, 2017
Seattle’s long established Polish community joined Festal in 2012 with an event that highlights Polish traditions and contemporary achievements.
Arab Festival / July 15-16, 2017
With a goal to showcase Arab culture and arts to increase understanding in the broader community, today the Arab festival vividly highlights the cultural roots and current influences of the Arab world.
Iranian Festival / August 12, 2017
Underscoring a history of “unity in diversity,” festival performances, poetry, face painting and authentic cuisine provide a glimpse into Iran’s artistically opulent and expressive culture.
BrasilFest / August 20, 2017
Follow the drumbeats to BrasilFest, which celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot.
Tibet Fest / August 26-27, 2017
Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven through Tibet Fest, which seeks to preserve centuries-old cultural traditions.
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival / September 10, 2017
The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates what it means to “live aloha.” Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, crafts, hula, music and workshops honor this special culture.
Seattle Fiestas Patrias / September 16-17, 2017
Seattle Fiestas Patrias celebrates diversity and the Latino community in Western Washington. Dance to live mariachi music, join in a children’s soccer clinic, and learn how Latin American countries celebrate independence from Spanish rule.
The Italian Festival / September 23-24, 2017
The Italian Festival is a “Celebration of All Things Italian.” Food vendors, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest and a bocce ball tournament honor and celebrate the “old country.”
CroatiaFest / October 1, 2017
Acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, intricate costumes, art exhibits, tourist information and displays showcase Croatia’s rich past and dynamic present.
TurkFest / October 14-15, 2017
This enriching, engaging, and entertaining festival of friendship celebrates the multiple cultures that link modern Turkey to the East and West.
Diwali: Lights of India / October 21, 2017
Diwali: Lights of India showcases the arts and culture of India, adapted from, and closely following Diwali, the popular annual festival celebrated in autumn in India.
Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed / October 28-29, 2017
The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead.
Hmong New Year Celebration / November 4, 2017
The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. The Hmong New Year Celebration helps preserve the unique culture of this Southeast Asian highland culture.
And continue into 2018:
Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year / February 10-11, 2018
Irish Festival / March 17-18, 2018
Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures / March 25, 2018
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival / April 20-22, 2018
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration / May 6, 2018
Spirit of Africa / May 12, 2018
A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival / May 19, 2018
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival / June 2-3, 2018
Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest / June 9-10, 2018
Spirit of Indigenous People / June 23, 2018
Polish Festival / July 7, 2018
Arab Festival / July 14-15, 2018
Iranian Festival / August 11, 2018
BrasilFest / August 19, 2018
Tibet Fest / August 25-26, 2018
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival / September 9, 2018
Seattle Fiestas Patrias / September 15-16, 2018
Italian Festival / September 22-23, 2018
CroatiaFest / October 7, 2018
TurkFest / October 13-14, 2018
Diwali: Lights of India / October 21, 2018
Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed / October 27-28, 2018
Hmong New Year / November 3, 2018