The city of Seattle and partners are hosting more arts and cultural events that will take place as part of Welcome Back Weeks, from Saturday to Sept. 19.

The goal of the events are to help downtown small businesses, arts and cultural organizations and creative workers recover from the pandemic. This set of Welcome Back Weeks will feature small business promotions across downtown neighborhoods in addition to the arts and cultural events. Details on all events can be found at www.seattle.gov/covidrecovery.

The Downtown Seattle Association will continue what it began during the first Welcome Back Weeks in July by stationing Welcome Back Booths in multiple downtown neighborhoods and offering free live concerts in parks and public plazas.

Welcome Back Booths, sponsored by Alaska Airlines, will be stationed in downtown through the week of Sept. 13. Free live music performances will run through the end of the month, and Beers & Bites happy hours return to Occidental Square from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18.

DSA will welcome people to take a spin on the Westlake Park Roller Rink, supported by Community Sponsors Amazon and Alaska Airlines. Skaters can roll in the park free-of-charge starting Sept. 4.

The first event will take place Sept. 10 at the Paramount. Borealis, A Festival of Light will present free immersive light and sound experiences designed specifically for the historic Paramount Theatre from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Borealis will put on four 35-minute presentations throughout the evening, with extended intervals between each show to allow for cleaning and movement in and out of the theater. 

Proof of full vaccination and masks are both required for entry to this event. Event staff will all be fully vaccinated, masked and will be checking for proof of vaccination upon entry. In addition, the Paramount will operate at 50 percent capacity, with social distancing built into the floor plan. Tickets are free and can be accessed through the Paramount’s website, https://www.universe.com/events/borealis-at-the-paramount-tickets-2DP6Y5, on a first come, first-served basis. In addition, tickets will be available at the box office that day.

Seattle Theatre Group’s Health & Safety Policy can be found at https://www.stgpresents.org/about/reopening and is applicable to all those in attendance.

The City and partners will host a Celebrate Black Lives Matter festival at City Hall Plaza on Sept. 18. The event will include performances curated by queer artist collective Legendary Children. In addition, the festival will feature local Black-owned culinary artists and retailers. This event is entirely outdoors, and masks and vaccinations are required. 

From 2 p.m. to sunset on Sept. 19, there will be a Welcome Back Seattle finale concert featuring local Seattle artists at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center. The Vera Project will host do-it-yourself art activities, including screen printing and button making from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. Live performances start at 4 p.m., with local hip-hop, soul and R’n’B artists Sango, Fly Moon Royalty, and Essam performing. This is an entirely outdoors event, and masks and vaccinations are required.

Residents can find more information — including COVID-19 protocols and full lineups — at https://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19/downtown-recovery. Welcome Back Weeks are a key element of the Seattle’s Road to Downtown Recovery plan, which seeks to bring workers, small businesses, and visitors back downtown.