Category Archives: Calendar of Events

Key Arena Design Open House This Saturday

An open house to review the plans to redevelop KeyArena will be held this coming Saturday, March 24th. The Oak View Group plans to provide a public update on the progress of the plans, which include an effort to secure an NHL expansion franchise that will play in the new stadium.

The March 24th design review open house will be held between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Seattle Center Pavilion.

The Oak View Group is encouraging attendees to share their favorite experiences of KeyArena at the open house, as well as helping to brainstorm ideas for the future uses and atmosphere of the new venue. Arts and culture engagement, social equity, and integration of the new venue with the surrounding neighborhood are all objectives for this project.

Conversation questions include:

  • How will this project transform the Arena venue?
  • How will this project positively affect social equity?
  • How will this project engage with the Arts and Culture?
  • How will the new Arena enhance Seattle Center?
  • How will the new Arena integrate into the neighborhood and the community?

Click here to register. Or click here to view the full Seattle Design Commission Presentation from January 2018.

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

St. Patrick’s Day Happenings in Queen Anne

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Saturday, March 17th and there are a few things happening throughout the neighborhood…

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

The St. Paddy’s Day Dash Day starts at 6:30 a.m., where participants can pick up their racer’s packets in the Fisher Pavilion. Gear check opens at 7 a.m., and the 1K dash for kiddos ages 10 and under is at 8 a.m. Adult run/walk waves have start time stages 10 minutes apart starting at 8:30 a.m., and the post dash bash, sponsor booths, beer garden and Stout Pounders Live is from 9 a.m. until noon on the Fisher Pavilion Green. Registration closes Friday, March 16th and costs $40.  

Irish Festival

Seattle Center’s Festál program presents the Irish Festival on March 17th and 18th. Experience Ireland and its people through food, games, live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities a marketplace and more. Irish music will showcase the culture’s musical roots and modern interest, while step dancing and Irish jig dancing keep the energy alive. Attendees will get to trace their own roots through genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language, enjoy contemporary short films, and engage in colorful cultural exhibits. The festival is from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 18th. Admission to the festival is free.

Sully’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

The bar on upper Queen Anne has yet to publish their plans for St. Patrick’s Day this year, but they’ve been hosting a St. Paddy’s Day celebration for many years running. Sully’s will likely have all kinds of food and beverage specials in addition to other fun happenings. 21+ only.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have fun and be safe.

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in March

From St. Patrick’s Day fun to other events, there’s lots to do in Queen Anne this month.

March 3: Seattle Children’s Museum Anniversary Celebration
6:30pm – 9pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Celebrate the Seattle Children’s Museum’s 38th anniversary on Saturday, March 3rd. The museum is bringing back the games you played as a child, with special twists… Take part in giant Jenga, acting activities, and investigate the density of alcohol in the museum’s Investigation Station. As part of the celebration, there will also be raffle baskets, a live auction, and refreshments. Tickets are $50/person and proceeds will go toward the museum’s future programs and exhibits.

March 4: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
6:45am or 7:55am | Seattle Center
The annual Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is coming to the Seattle Center on Sunday, March 4th! Choose your race, and after you run there will be a tasty post-race party… Fill your Finisher Mug with chocolate fondue, dippable snacks and toasty hot chocolate to sip. There will be a live DJ, Hot Chocolate inflatables to pose with, and a Kid Zone.

March 4: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on March 4th, with live music from Tune Sisters, Sprida Ut and Nordiska dancers and musicians. The price is $11 for adults, $9 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

March 7: YNPN Seattle March Happy Hour
5:30pm – 7pm | Queen Anne Beerhall
Network with nonprofit peers at the monthly YNPN happy hour! In March, the happy hour will take place at the Queen Anne Beerhall on March 7th. Click here to RSVP.

March 15: Monthly Uptown Art Walk
6pm – 9pm | Uptown/Lower Queen Anne
Visit Uptown businesses to experience new art placements at the March Uptown Art Walk. This event takes place on the third Thursday of every month. Click here to view the participating establishments.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Dash
6:30am – 12pm | Seattle Center
Dress up in your St. Paddy’s Day best and get ready to race! The St. Patrick’s Day Dash is on Saturday, March 17th. Race day starts with a kids lap and 1K dash, followed by the main race and then the post dash bash, beer garden, and more!

March 17 & 18: Irish Festival
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center Armory & Fisher Pavilion
Seattle Center’s Festál features Irish Festival this month, with lots of ways to appreciate and enjoy Irish culture. There will be live performances, hands-on activities, cultural food and drink, games, visual arts, a marketplace and more. Admission is free.

March 25: French Fest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center Armory & Fisher Pavilion
French Fest is the next festival as part of the Seattle Center’s Festál program. It’s coming up on March 25th, with fun activities, food, live performances and more to celebrate and showcase French culture. Admission is free.