The city of Seattle is perhaps the best place in the country to enjoy fine arts and craft foods, with a wellspring of local culture and talent to draw upon. This summer, Washington’s crown jewel will host several festivities that promise to have the city buzzing with fun, ranging from vibrant cultural celebrations to showcases of stunning art. Here are a few of the best Seattle festivals to enjoy in the months ahead.
Year-round in Seattle, Festal cultural festivals are held, inviting locals from Seattle’s many ethnic communities to shine a spotlight on their unique traditions and heritage. In the month of June alone, Festal will hold festivals featuring music and food from Iran, the Philippines and various countries across Africa.
Festal festivals are held almost every other week, made possible by sponsors from across the city of Seattle. Each festival showcases a different cultural entity within the city of Seattle; in the months to come, Brasilfest, Turkfest, and even Tibet Fest will all take place at Seattle’s famous Seattle Center, the hub of Festal operations.
Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival, also known as SIFF, is a renowned forum for filmmakers around the world to showcase their latest works, bringing to the city a plethora of the finest talent in the movie industry. While the SIFF operates year-round, hosting screenings of both classic and contemporary films, the festival itself will take place this year in June.
SIFF holds a special place in the hearts of many in the Seattle arts scene, as its presence over the decades has brought joy and wonder to a city already vibrant with creativity. Residents can catch SIFF screenings at a number of theaters around the city, though SIFF maintains its own theaters for special events.
Bite of Seattle
Held every year at the Seattle Center, Bite of Seattle serves as a means of bringing together the finest in Seattle’s buoyant oeuvre of bars and restaurants, featuring over 60 different dining establishments. With live music, great food and delicious craft brews, Bite of Seattle is known as an ideal place to bring along friends or a significant other.
Capitol Hill Block Party
One of Seattle’s most well-known music festivals, the Capitol Hill Block Party is a staple among indie music enthusiasts in the city, gathering some of the world’s hottest artists for a massive celebration of alternative culture. This year, the Capitol Hill Block Party will feature Phantogram, RL Grime and others who have recently graced the pages of magazines.
Coupled with the fantastic music will be a variety of food trucks and other libations from establishments across the city. While the major Capitol Hill Block Party will begin on July 19th, the organization that hosts the event also provides to the public several free activities that take place year-round in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, including an art walk and a skating competition.
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