As Seattle Center Festál celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2022, it ushers in a new era of hybrid events with an anticipated return to in-person cultural festivals presented between Feb. 12 and Nov. 5. The enduring series, which forms the foundation of public programing at Seattle Center, is produced in partnership with 24 regional community organizations.

The anniversary and its theme “Where the World Gathers” honor the past with eyes on the future, looking to new generations and innovative approaches to programming, according to a press release. Seattle Center Festál was established in 1997 as a platform for the diversity of people and cultures that contribute to the region’s character, economy and way of life. The festivals offer the opportunity for the broader public to connect with the history, arts, rituals and traditions of many lands. Understanding shared human narratives helps build empathy and stronger communities for a world in transition.

 

The 2022 Seattle Center Festál line-up (dates subject to change, and start/end times are TBA):

Têt in Seattle-Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Feb. 12-13

Irish Festival Seattle, March 12-13

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures, March 20

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, April 8-10

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, May 1

Spirit of Africa, May 14

A Glimpse of China–Seattle Chinese Culture & Arts Festival, May 21 

Northwest Folklife Festival, (Memorial Weekend), May 27-30

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, June 4-5

Indigenous People Festival, June 11

Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest, June 17-19

Seattle Iranian Festival, June 25

Polish Festival Seattle, July 9

Seattle Arab Festival, Aug. 13-14

BrasilFest, Aug. 21

Tibet Fest, Aug. 27-28

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, Sept. 11

Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias, Sept. 17-18

The Italian Festival, Sept. 24-25

CroatiaFest, Oct. 2

Turkfest, Oct. 8-9

Diwali: Lights of India, Oct. 22

Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle, Oct. 29-30

Hmong New Year Celebration, Nov. 5

 

Admission/viewing is free of charge.

Find more information and viewing links at: http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/featured-events/festal or call 206-684-7200.