Big Day at Seattle Center this Weekend!

Plan Ahead, Stick Around and Enjoy Saturday’s Festivities

seafairpiratesSaturday, July 27 presents a myriad of arts, sports, entertainment and family activities at Seattle Center. The events will generate street, garage and grounds congestion as well as lane and street closures. Please encourage Seattle Center visitors to plan ahead, map out available arrival and departure routes and expect heavier than usual traffic in and around the Center.

Seafair Torchlight Spectacular takes place, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., on the grounds. The Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run, 6:30 p.m., closes streets along the run route beginning at 5:30 p.m. The run starts and ends at 2nd Ave. N. and Thomas St. The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade, 7:30 p.m., stages parade floats along Mercer St., closing the south two lanes to traffic, and along southbound 5th Ave. N. The parade route begins on Broad St. at the Space Needle turn-around and proceeds to 4th Ave. towards the downtown area. You’ll find more information about the Run and Parade routes at:

Several additional events are planned in venues at Seattle Center. The Ultimate Fighting Championship takes place 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at KeyArena. Expected attendance is 9,000. Seattle Opera will conduct an orchestra dress rehearsal for Rheingold, part of The Ring Cycle, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., and 2,000 are expected. A production of The Gondoliers takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Bagley Wright Theatre. Intiman Theatre presents Trouble in Mind at 2 p.m. and Stu for Silverton at 8 p.m. at the Cornish Playhouse. The annual Seattle Center Movies at the Mural series opens at 9 p.m. (dusk) at Mural Amphitheatre with a screening of The Princess Bride.

All Seattle Center parking garages are open and accessible on Saturday. Visitors interested in avoiding periods of street congestion will find lots to do on the grounds. All visitor attractions, including Chihuly Garden and Glass, EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center and Seattle Children’s Museum, will maintain their regular Saturday hours. Visitors may also take advantage of Center amenities including the many fresh food offerings in Seattle Center Armory, and International Fountain will remain in service as one of the City’s many cooling centers.

For more information on Seattle Center events, visit or call 206-684-7200.


About Seattle Center

Seattle Center serves as an extraordinary arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, offer nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.

Polish Festival is Back & Bigger Than Ever

Polish Festival at Seattle Center, Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 11am until 9pm

Come celebrate Polish culture and traditions with live performances of Polish folk groups, piano and jazz artists, modern dance, poster exhibit, workshops, food demos, children’s activities, participatory dance and more! Highlights include Folk Fashion Show with regionally inspired costumes from Poland. Food vendors will serve plenty of authentic delicious Polish food. The beer garden will be well stocked with a variety of imported Polish beer. Also available will be information about local Polish-American organizations and travel attractions to Poland. This year’s festival offers even more attractions than before and moves to a central location at the Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Rooftop

WHAT:    Polish Festival Seattle

WHEN:   Saturday, July 13, 2013, 11am- 9pm

WHERE:  Seattle Center (Armory & Fisher Rooftop), 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

WHO:    Polish-American community in the Pacific Northwest

Free Admission 

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Folklife at Kirkland Summerfest on Sunday, August 11

The Bucharest Drinking Team at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Photo by Piper Hanson.

Northwest Folklife is thrilled to announce we’ve been invited to program a full day of free music and dance at Kirkland Summerfest! The lineup features groups from your favorite Folklife communities, including Cajun/Zydeco, Indian, Hip Hop, Latino, Old Time, and Balkan, on stage on Sunday, August 11.

Folklife Stage Schedule:

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Cultural Focus Representation: Indian Dance Performance with surprise guests!
Each year, the Northwest Folklife Festival has a Cultural Focus, or theme, which allows us to program a “festival within a festival” with expanded opportunities to get to know a community of the Northwest. For 2014, the Cultural Focus is India! Get a head start on familiarizing yourself with the art and dances of Southeast Asia with this great opening showcase.

12:10 – 1:00 PM: Br’er Rabbit
Br’er Rabbit is an indie roots band based in Bellingham, WA. Combining each member’s unique influences ranging from Leadbelly to The Lumineers, blending three distinct vocal styles, and adding copious amounts of foot-stomping, they demonstrate a sound and presence that’s at once original and familiar, appealing to audiences of all generations and genres.

1:20 – 2:10 PM: Los Flacos
Los Flacos performs a blend of the spiciest traditional sounds of Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. Using a variety of instruments, some indigenous to the Americas and others of European and African origin, they create their own renditions of the songs of Latin America.

2:30 – 3:20 PM: Hip Hop demonstration with 206 Zulu
206Zulu is a Seattle-based group that empowers local communities through creativity and the arts. Their work to organize the Northwest hip hop community has inspired a generation  to get involved in social action, civic service, cultural creativity, and self-education. This showcase lineup features Sista Hailstorm, DJ Zeta Barber and Suntonio Bandanaz.

3:40 – 4:30 PM: Bucharest Drinking Team
Borrowing stylistically from great Balkan brass bands like Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boban Markovic, the Bucharest Drinking Team mixes in a liberal shot of Romanian folk music and a penchant for 80s disco from behind the Iron Curtain to bring you a high-proof Eastern Bloc Party, complete with dancing and music!

4:50 – 6:00 PM: Cajun/Zydeco Dance with  MaryLee Lykes + Zydeco Rex
MaryLee Lykes began teaching dance in Seattle17 years ago….and hasn’t stopped since! She teaches extensively on a local, national, and international level.
Zydeco is a musical genre evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which blends Cajun music, blues and rhythm and blues. Zydeco Rex is one of the region’s newest zydeco bands keeping the tradition going strong!


About Kirkland Summerfest

Kirkland’s largest festival of music, art, food, and culture – a weekend festival transforming downtown Kirkland and Marina Park into a lively arts destination with Music (featuring more than 50 performances), Dancing, Street Performances, Family Entertainment, Amazing Art, and an incredible selection of food.

Kirkland Summerfest at a glance: Friday, August 9

  • Summerfest kicks off 2013 bigger than ever with an opening night special theatrical presentation of The Tempest in the ever-popular Shakespeare in the Park at 7pm at Marina Park. Admission is free.

Saturday, August 10

  • Live music, artists in action, food trucks, robotics demonstrations, TechZone, Moss Bay Cardboard Boat Regatta, bouncy toys, Touch-A-Truck, Young Artists Exhibition, beer and wine gardens. Festival opens at 11am. Admission is free.

Sunday, August 11

  • Live music, Northwest Folklife performers, Artists in Action, Rotary Duck Dash, Bot Battles, TechZone, bouncy toys, Touch-A-Truck, Young Artists Exhibition, beer and wine gardens. Festival opens at 11am. Admission is free.

Kirkland Summerfest is a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event and is presented by the Kirkland Events Foundation. More information at  


Festival Hours

Friday, August 9 – 4pm – 10 pm featuring Shakespeare in the Park (7 pm)

Saturday, August 10 – 11am – 11pm

Sunday, August 11 – 11am-6pm