Seattle’s Best Happy Hour Feb. 20

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, 5 pm – 8 pm, the 3rd Thursday of each month, celebrates its One-Year Anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 20, with a Giant Jenga Competition beginning at 6 pm in Seattle Center Armory.

The Competition builds on the popular presence of this large-scale party game at past Armory happy hours. Teams of at least three members will compete, up to 16 teams. Competitors may sign up upon entry into the happy hour beginning at 5 pm.

In addition to Giant Jenga, Feb. 20 happy hour offers a variety of games to play, outstanding food and drink including seasonal cocktails, music by DJ Chilly, room to lounge in bean bag chairs and opportunities to win tickets to concerts and activities at Seattle Center.

FOODS:  Appetizer and entree specials freshly prepared by Seattle Center Armory eateries Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School, Bigfood BBQ, Ceres Roasting, The Confectional, KABAB, MOD Pizza, Pie, Plum Pantry, Quincy’s, Seattle Fudge, Skillet : Counter and Subway

GAMES:  Apples to Apples®, Backgammon, Balderdash®, Bananagrams®, Boggle, Farkle, GIANT Jenga, Monopoly®, Pictionary®, Scattegories®, GIANT Scrabble®, The Settlers of Catan, Sorry!®, UNO®, Yahtzee®, and more!

HAPPY HOUR PRIZES:  Tickets to Book-It Repertory Theatre, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Shakespeare Company; free admission to EMP Museum and admission for two to Teatro ZinZanni.

DJ:  Chilly is creative producer/audio editor and writer for KEXP 90.3FM. He produces and hosts KEXP’s modern Latin mixshow “El Sonido” and DJs with the local Latin/global bass crew ¡Manos Arriba!

Entry to Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour is free. Attendees must be 21or older, and I.D. is required. Check online at for more information and a full list of food and drink specials or call 206 684-7200.

Design Team for Artists at Play

We at Seattle Center are excited to announce the selection of a design and construction team for Artists at Play, a privately funded children’s play project at Seattle Center. The team, comprised of celebrated artists Trimpin and Judith Caldwell, in partnership with Site Workshop and Highwire, will transform the asphalt plaza between Seattle Center Armory and EMP Museum into a free, artistically-inspired play area for kids of all ages.

Based on the idea that play can encompass sounds and motion, Trimpin, a MacArthur Genius Award recipient, will create a series of playful interactive sculptures that brings a kinetic and musical presence to the playground. Caldwell, a renowned Pacific Northwest artist and Seattle native, will engage local kids to interpret their stories into artworks, which will be integrated throughout the site.

Landscape architecture firm Site Workshop, which has broad experience in creating imaginative parks and play areas, will blend the artworks into a comprehensive design that includes art elements and new innovative play equipment, supplied by Highwire, a local play equipment provider, into an immersive play experience for kids of all ages.

The project’s partners will invite children and adults alike to join team members in a Kick-Off Community Design Presentation and Workshop, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, March 1, in Next 50 Pavilion (adjacent to the Monorail platform).  Both artists and the larger design team will be on hand to present their initial design work and gather input from the public as their concepts evolve.  Additional community workshops are being scheduled around the city in spring 2014 to collect a diverse range of ideas.

Information on the Artists at Play project is available at:  

Tết Festival – Jan. 25-26

Seattle Center Festál launches its year-long series of 22 cultural festivals with Tết Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Jan. 25 and 26, at Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Armory. This year, Tết rings in the Year of the Horse.

Tết Festival celebrates the cultural roots of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-Americans by presenting lively arts, music, performances and foods that are unique to Vietnam. Festival-goers will find over 20 food and craft vendors, special cooking domonstrations, children’s New Year activities and Li Xi (Lucky Money) giveaways.

The 2014 Tết Festival schedule includes:

  •  Ariel Loud and Troy Osaki – piano and spoken word
  • Vovinam Viet Vo Dao Martial Arts
  • GDPT Lieu Quan and Au Lac Vovinam – lion dances
  • Artist Truong Thy and the Ao Dai Fashion Show
  • Children’s Vietnamese spelling bee (two rounds)
  • Children’s Vietnamese Knowledge Bowl
  • Troung Viet Ngu Lac Hong – children’s song and dance 

Seattle Center Festál: Tết Festival is produced by Seattle Center in partnership with Tết in Seattle. For a full event schedule, visit and for more information on this cultural series and other Seattle Center programming, click on

Seattle Center Festal 2014 Line-up

Seattle Center Festál 2014 presents a remarkable collection of 22 cultural festivals  on weekends throughout the year. Festál seeks to engage the broader public, while providing a space for cultural expression, celebration and pride for the broad range of presenting communities.

The Festál events, created through a partnership between festival producers and Seattle Center, bring ethnic cultures of our region to life through live performance, arts and crafts exhibits, ethnic foods, hands-on demonstrations, community information and children’s activities that illuminate their unique traditions and contemporary influences. When you visit, you’ll find specialty foods from each of the cultures, along with marketplaces of hand-crafted goods, language and travel information and much more.

Opening the last weekend of January with a celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Festál runs through mid-November, pausing in time for the start of Seattle Center Winterfest. A new event, Polish Festival, official joins the Festál ranks in 2014, and a refocused French festival now highlights francophone cultures throughout the world.

Festál considers themes of importance to the various cultures presented in the series, including celebrations of the sun and moon, independence from colonial rule, remembrances of departed loved ones and the myriad of factors shaping civilizations. The festivals make use of stages and display areas in Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion, Mural Amphitheatre and other indoor and outdoor spaces at Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Festál 2014 Line-up:

Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year – marking the New Year with lucky money, martial arts and Children of the Dragon, Jan. 25 – 26. Festival goers are invited to revisit one thousand years of the Vietnamese history at this festive celebration as they immerse in the dance and visual arts of Vietnam.

Irish Week Festival – a snapshot of Irish culture with music, song, dance, history, language and genealogy, March 15 – 16. Visitors may shop for authentic Irish products, create Celtic arts and crafts and take in colorful cultural exhibits and contemporary Irish short films.

Seattle’s French Festival: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures – where cuisine, music and dance highlight French influence around the world and in our region, Sunday, March 23. The Celebration offers Francophone products, cooking demonstrations, children’s games and sports competitions, live entertainment, theater and hands-on workshops.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival – deliciously and delightfully defining Japanese culture, April 25 – 27. This feast for the senses features Japanese foods, Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations that presents both a modern and ancient view of this complex culture.

Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration – fast-paced excitement, cultural entertainment, family-friendly, Sunday, May 4. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular lion dances, live music and dance, youth drill teams, martial arts, Taiko drums and incredible artists from around the state.

Spirit of West Africa – with drumming, dance, fashion and a lively marketplace that highlight West African cultures, Saturday, May 10. Wawa! The traditions of six West African countries come to life through this spirited festival of live music, film, art and games.

A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival – where Beijing meets the real Seattle in arts and crafts, dance and music, Saturday, May 27. The festival highlights traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history and showcases China’s distinct culture through visual and performing arts, puppet performances, children’s activities and gift booths.

Northwest Folklife Festival, May 23 – 26, celebrating 43 years of presenting the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest this Memorial Day weekend throughout the grounds at Seattle Center. Northwest Folklife Festival features over 7,000 performers, participatory dances, workshops, crafts, food and more.

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival – an artistic, expressive and colorful exploration of Philippine traditions and culture, June 7 – 8. This celebration of the arts and culture of the Philippines features vibrant costumes and pageantry, Filipino bands, hands-on children’s activities, craft exhibits and martial arts.

Festival Sundiata – Black African American heritage and inspiration marked in music, food and fun, June 14 15. The festival educates the community and celebrates people of African descent with continuous live entertainment, dance workshops and drumming.

Iranian Festival – creative, cultural expression of “unity in diversity” through performances, poetry and authentic cuisine, Saturday, June 28. Music and dance, Rumi poetry, puppet shows and face painting provide a glimpse into this culturally opulent and enticing culture.

Polish Festival – with Polish food, performances, workshops and vibrant celebration, Saturday, July 12. Festival-goers will find colorful Polish arts and crafts, savory and sweet pastries, live music and dance and hands-on demonstrations of cutout paper art, pierogi making and traditional pickle soup, along with a marketplace of Polish hand-crafted pottery and jewelry.

Indigenous Cultures Day – promoting the value of all indigenous ancestries, Saturday, Aug. 16. Traditional and contemporary music and dance speak to the rich culture of North America’s indigenous cultures, while native storytellers share the history and lore of their people.

BrasilFest – a tropical carnaval rich in Brazilian music, martial arts, food and cultural roots, Sunday, Aug. 17. Festival-goers are invited to march in a colorful parade, dance, sing, eat and be amazed as BrasilFest fills Seattle Center with a sultry display of South American soul, Brazilian style, and celebrates the cultural diversity of this dynamic country.

Tibet Fest – from the roof of the world the unique lives in Himalayan arts, music and Bazaar, Aug. 23 –24. Tibet’s ancient and modern history are woven into Tibet Fest through a mix of traditional performance and modern song and dance, crafts, a children’s corner, foods and herbal medicines.

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival – where the Aloha Spirit comes to life in the Hula, Ono food, music and a Hawaiian marketplace, Sunday, Sept. 7. The festival provides a feast for the senses as visitors journey through the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii, experiencing the festive spirit of the islands, while they learn their true history.

Seattle Fiestas Patrias – celebrating vibrant culture and community, independence and wellness in music, food and family, Sept. 13 – 14. Festival-goers may sample from a selection of traditional Latin American savories and sweets, dance to live mariachi music and join in children’s activities including a soccer clinic.

The Italian Festival – featuring family fun, Italian indulgences and a feast of Latin delights, Sept. 27 – 28. Festival-goers are invited to stomp grapes, toss a pizza, learn to cook Italian food, compete in a bocce tournament and celebrate the joy of “all things Italian” – from opera and popular music to pasta and wine.

CroatiaFest – introducing the music, art, food, history and heritage of Croatia, Sunday, Oct. 5. Acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, intricate costumes, art exhibits, folkdance lessons, wine tasting, tourist information and historical displays showcase Croatia’s rich past and dynamic present.

TurkFest – with a Bazaar, folkdancing and culinary delights underscoring Turkish linkages to East and West, Oct. 18 – 19. Festival-goers are invited to savor a cup of Turkish tea or coffee and taste Turkish cuisine, while they experience how the Ottoman culture influenced Balkan food, music, dance, customs and language.

Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed – honoring the past and remembering our departed in arts, ritual and spirituality, Nov. 1 – 2. Festival goers are invited to create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead.

Hmong New Year Celebration – a family gathering preserving the ancient Southeast Asian highland cultures of China, Laos and Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 8. This harvest and New Year Celebration showcases local Hmong dancers, musicians and artists in ways that engage festival-goers and illuminate this unique culture.

Seattle Center Festál is a program of Seattle Center Productions. For more information on this cultural series and other Seattle Center public programming, click on Seattle Center.

Memorial for Nelson Mandela – Dec. 7

With the sad news of Nelson Mandela’s death, the Washington Global Health Alliance and Seattle Center are partnering for a public memorial to honor his life.

Please join us for a candlelight vigil in honor of President Nelson Mandela at the International Fountain at Seattle Center, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7.

About the Washington Global Health Alliance

WGHA invites and activates every sector in our region to advance global health equity through advocacy, promoting and engaging Washington’s global health sector and building innovative partnerships between traditional and unexpected organizations to increase global health impact.

About Seattle Center

Seattle Center serves as an extraordinary arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, offer nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.