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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration kicks off at Seattle Center

Performances, food, contests, and displays are just part of the fun at this celebration for the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Children laughing from the audience at a performance happening in front of them off screen.

The heritage celebration is part of the Seattle Center Festál, a year-round series of 24 free cultural festivals in Seattle.

Photo by Susan Fried

Seattle Center is hosting a day of festivities on Saturday, May 4, to kick-start Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month — a period for acknowledging the contributions + achievements from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country.

Here’s what’s on the itinerary:

  • Performances including lion dancing, drill routines, Guma’ Imahe, kung fu, and hula
  • A book reading from Ivy Kwong, author of “The Little Girl, The Ocean, and The Moon”
  • 11 food vendors offering Nepalese, Filipino, Korean + Mexican fusion food, and more
  • 26 retail vendors selling jewelry, books, art, and more
  • Remarks from members of City Council, the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition, and the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Armory Food & Event Hall inside the Seattle Center.

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