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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!


Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.


Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level

If it seems like summer is whizzing by, you can take a deep breath—there is still plenty of summer fun in store for Seattle. The month of August marks the beginning of a wonderful lineup of weekly outdoor music. KEXP presents Concerts at the Mural every Friday at the mural amphitheater in Seattle Center.

Each Friday evening features some of KEXP’s favorite artists, with up to four performances per night beginning at 5:30 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public, catered to those who want to experience Seattle’s vibrant independent music scene. Enjoy local tunes from the grassy amphitheater setting complete with a beer garden, with the Space Needle as the stage’s background.

Last week kicked off the 2014 Concerts at the Mural with headliner Charles Bradley. Check out photos and tweets from attendees, and make sure to catch the next concert this Friday!

Featured photo from the KEXP blog

  1. Every Friday this month @kexp has its Concerts at the Mural:  http://bit.ly/1rYRXkt  Who do you want to see?
  2. Concerts at the Mural: Yppah, Katie Kate, IG88 at Seattle Center Mural, Seattle on KEXP’s Even http://fb.me/6HNuR11w5 LS7ND
  3. Watching @CumulusBand play beneath the Space Needle @kexp concerts at the mural. We <3 Seattle summers. http://t.co/DhIJ8zC2QB
    Watching @CumulusBand play beneath the Space Needle @kexp concerts at the mural. We <3 Seattle summers. pic.twitter.com/DhIJ8zC2QB


Give your bikini body a break this weekend. It’s that time of year again to wear your stretchy shorts and get your grub on at Bite of Seattle.

The Northwest’s premier food festival returns to Seattle Center this weekend for three days of everything delicious. There will be a plethora of events throughout the festival including food vendors, beverage tastings, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, restaurant samplings, live entertainment, movie night, a beer garden and more. Celebrate the vibrant culinary arts of the Pacific Northwest with local chefs and foodies.

Bite of Seattle takes place at Seattle Center this Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 20th from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission is free! Click here for a festival map and here for a list of events.

People are already buzzing about their favorite bites, check out the conversation below. Bon Appétit, Seattle!

Featured photo found here

Bite of Seattle

  1. From deep fried bacon to ‘gator on a stick, a half million visitors will eat their way through the Bite of Seatt…  http://bit.ly/1nhxG8R 
  2. Who can turn down free food?! The Bite of Seattle is this weekend, starting Friday, July 18th! Join us at the…  http://fb.me/2xKGGPR3l 
  3. Cheap Week: Bite of Seattle, ‘Scott Pilgrim’ creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, NW author Bruce Holbert, & Klondike gold(!).  http://bit.ly/1sUV7Fz 
  4. How could we forget the BITE OF SEATTLE on July 18-20 at @seattlecenter Make sure to come hungry! @Biteofseattle
  5. Next weekend’s FREE @Biteofseattle feat. 60+ restaurants, entertainment, samples & More! WIN beer/cider tastes ->  http://shar.es/N2Ior 
  6. Y’all should go to bite of Seattle this Sunday and watch my dance studio perform!
  7. @WhatsNewSeattle: How could we forget the BITE OF SEATTLE on July 18-20 at @seattlecenter Make sure to come hungry! @Biteofseattle” 7 DAYS


In Seattle, we’re proud of our neighborhoods. In fact, we might sometimes identify more strongly with our neighborhood than with Seattle as a whole (calling all native Ballardites!) If you haven’t been downtown in a while, you may have forgotten that what we think of as downtown actually comprises several unique neighborhoods. At it’s annual meeting on Wednesday, June 4, the Downtown Seattle Association will review what’s been happening over the past year in the Metropolitan Improvement District neighborhoods of Belltown, West Edge, Waterfront, Pioneer Square, and the Retail Core.

There will be an update on progress of DSA’s 5-year strategic plan, which was introduced in 2011 and outlined five transformative projects for the downtown area: revitalization of the waterfront; the Pike-Pine Corridor Renaissance Project; revitalization of the South Downtown neighborhoods of Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District; increasing employment and residential density, livability and connections to downtown in South Lake Union; and long-term revitalization of Seattle Center. More info on the strategic plan can be found here.

The Association will also give out its 2014 Downtown Champion award, which is given to an individual, company or organization that has made a significant impact in furthering the DSA’s mission. In previous years the award has been given to developer Matt Griffin, Tom Douglas, Seattle Art Museum and FareStart.

Tickets for the event, taking place the the 5th Avenue Theater, are $55 for DSA members and MID ratepayers, and $75 for non-members, and can be found here. Check in begins at 3:30 p.m. and the event runs from 4:00-6:30 p.m.





marathonIt’s time again for the Rock n Roll Marathon! The event takes place tomorrow, June 22nd. Both the full and half marathons begin at 7:00am at the Seattle Center. The starting line is at 5th and Broad and the finish line is at Mercer and 4th Ave. You might still have a chance to register today for $150. There is no registration available the day of the race. Runners will be able to enjoy music being played by several bands along the route. Hot Chelle Rae will be headlining the event and playing at the finish line.  There is expected to be over 20,ooo runners participating. The event raises money for the American Cancer Society and is a Seafair event.

Hot Chelle Rae
Hot Chelle Rae