Irish Eyes Are Smiling! Seattle Center’s Festal presents the 2018 Irish Festival

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

2012 Bumbershoot Lineup Is In!

September may seem far off in the distance, but the folks running the ever popular Bumbershoot Festival have just released the 2012 musical lineup. The acts for this year’s Labor Day weekend festivities range from Tony Bennet to Passion Pit; and every genre in between!

If you’ve never been to Bumbershoot, it’s Seattle’s favored music and arts festival, that’s held in the heart of Seattle Center every Labor Day weekend; this year will mark the 42nd anniversary of the festival. Since 1917, Bumbershoot has been drawing crowds to Seattle, showcasing some of the best in music, film, comedy, dance and theater. 100,000+ people join the masses each year to see some of the greatest performers of all time, and new acts to the spotlight, soon to gain stardom.  Stay tuned for the upcoming release of the performing arts and comedy lineups.

Northwest Folklife Festival This Weekend

If you’re staying in town this memorial day and looking for something fun to do with family and friends, the largest folklife festival in the country is coming to the Seattle Center this weekend! The Northwest Folklife Festivalis a fun filled weekend exploring the Pacific Northwest culture through special performances, panels, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, and activities. This year’s cultural focus will coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the World’s Fair, making the theme “the next fifty.” This year’s lineup can be a bit

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overwhelming when you’re looking at the 6000+ performers, and you only have a few hours to dedicate; but if you’re savvy enough to navigate through their website, they’ve graciously blogged about 27 things to see this year at the Folklife Festival, pinpointing the must see performances. The festival is appropriate for all ages all weekend, please visit their website for directions and performance schedule.