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Best Upcoming Spring Art Festivals Or Events In Seattle

March 18, 2013 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: seattlecenter.com)

(photo credit: seattlecenter.com)

(photo credit: seattlecenter.com)

(photo credit: seattlecenter.com)

There is always a stream of festivals and fantastic ongoings in Seattle, and with spring, events amp up and move into full swing. Art festivals, cultural events, independent and foreign film showings, music performances and so much more all come to fruition during this introduction to summer. It is the perfect time to get out of that winter funk, enjoy the shift in weather and (most importantly) enjoy and embrace various cultures and artistic endeavors.

The Seattle International Film Festival
SIFF Film Center
511 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 464-5830
www.siff.net

Dates: May 16-June 9

The Seattle International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America and garnishes well over 150,000 attendees annually, making it not only an important film festival but an important aspect of American, Seattle and Northwest culture. SPIFF has elongated over the years and now lasts more than three weeks, featuring independent films and documentaries from across the globe. This a must-attend event for any movie lover. Not only do beautiful, high-quality gems crop up every year, but it is an opportunity to expand one’s mind. There are so many unique perspectives in the world and when captured by film, it manages to shed a certain kind of light that is rarely captured elsewhere.

20th Annual World Rhythm Festival
The Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(20) 684-7200
www.swps.org

Dates: April 12-14

This year marks the 20th annual World Rhythm Festival, which always aims to teach and entertain with over 100 drum workshops and performances spread throughout this spectacular weekend. During the three-day adventure, festival-goers will be fully immersed in all sorts of world music. Spend the days dancing and singing along with talented musicians and friends as they play from the songbook of the world. Stop by for a high energy, whirlwind of a time. Remember this: it is absolutely free and it is a roaring good time.

Irish Festival
The Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200
www.irishclub.org

Dates: March 16-17

Every year, the Irish Heritage Club plans and hosts the Irish Festival. The festival includes traditional Irish dancing and singing, while placing specific emphasis on Irish genealogy, language workshops and numerous cultural exhibits. The Irish Festival is free to all and will also be holding a pair of amusing Irish contests. One of which will be a children’s contest called the “Smilingest Irish Eyes Contest” as well as one for adults dubbed the “Most Irish-Looking Face Contest.” Towards the end of the festival, the Irish Heritage Club will also be holding a small, contemporary Irish short film festival called the “Irish Reels Film Festival.” It essentially takes Ireland in a nutshell and represents it to its fullest here in the Northwest by taking snippets of Irish culture and cramming them into one amazing weekend.

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Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
The Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200
www.seattlecenter.com

Dates: April 26-28

The Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival features several compelling demonstrations of contemporary culture through Japan’s rich history and tradition. Traditional Taiko drumming and live artisan demonstrations will provide background and intrigue to the full Japanese market that will be prevalent throughout the festival. Check out the live music, cultural exhibitions, food, games and more with this stunning festival. Cap off the festival with the ceremonial Cherry Tree planting.

Northwest Folklife Festival
The Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200
www.nwfolklife.org

Dates: May 24-27

Marketed as the largest culture fair and festival in the entire country, the Seattle Center will be hosting this immense event at the end of May in order to celebrate our differences and similarities in one gigantic festival. The Northwest Folklife Festival is one of the few events that utilizes the Seattle Center’s 74-acre space. It does so because it features hundreds of cultural art exhibits, music performances and food from across the globe. Check out the Northwest Folklife Festival this May by taking the kids, listening to some good tunes and eating some good eats.

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Anthony Schultz resides within the historic Brownes Addition of Spokane, WA. In his off time, Anthony enjoys copious amounts of reading, pages upon pages of scribbles, which he dubs his writings, and absorbing as much pop culture as humanly possible. His best days end with discussion with his longtime girlfriend, a book in hand, and an obese black and tan Dachshund (by the name of Norman) at his feet. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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