May has been designated Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is at this time that the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition takes over Seattle Center for their annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. If you’re staying with us at our North Seattle hotel early this May, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more of this fascinating and colorful region of the world.
Explore the art and culture of the Asian-Pacific Islands by experiencing numerous live performances, including dances, music, martial arts demonstrations, youth drill teams, local celebrity appearances, and more. There are also games and hands-on activities to engage visitors, as well as a marketplace vending a fascinating array of cultural goods. Little ones can participate in a number of children’s activities.
This year’s celebration is scheduled for Sunday, May 1st, from 11:45 am to 5:00 pm. It shall be held in the Seattle Center’s Armory. This is a free, family-friendly event. Check out the official event website to learn more about this year’s schedule and special guests.
Do you have little ones staying with you at our North Seattle Comfort Inn this April? Take them down to famous Seattle Center. It is here that kids can enjoy the fun of Whirligig. This event brings a plethora of colorful, child-friendly entertainment to the Armory. Kids love letting loose in bounce houses, inflatable slides, ball pits, and rides. If you’ve got particularly small kids with you, take them to the special Toddler Zone. There are also face painters and caricaturists on hand for a touch of artistic flair. Burn off some of that youthful energy, then fuel up again at one of the Armory’s many delicious eateries.
Whirligig is scheduled to begin on April 1st and run until April 17th, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All day main floor passes cost $8.00, and all day Toddler Zone passes cost $4.50. Show up on Thursdays for free admission.
“Bounce with abandon on super-sized inflatable rides at Seattle Center Whirligig!
Step inside Seattle Center Armory, transformed into a colorful hub of lively child-sized entertainment, and you’ll find balloon artists, face painters and caricaturists. Add an assortment of Student Showcases and delicious foods from new Armory eateries, and you’ll have enough free and affordable activities to provide non-stop FUN. Suitable for children 12 and under. A Toddler Zone is also available.”
You can find out more about the upcoming event by visiting the official Seattle Center website.
Are you fascinated by the culture of the world’s francophonic communities? If so, Seattle’s French Fest is the event for you. Now in its third year, this festival is devoted to sharing and raising awareness of the culture and traditions practiced by by France and many of the other forty French-speaking countries throughout the globe. Listen to live music performances, witness traditional dances, try an assortment of foreign dishes, and try your hand at cooking some of these same dishes. Bakeries from throughout the area will be on site, competing in the festival’s Best Baguette Contest. There are also games, educational seminars, and other fun, French, family-friendly activities to enjoy.
Seattle’s French Fest is presented in partnership with France Education Northwest and under the auspices of the Consular Agency of France. This year’s event is scheduled for March 20th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Seattle Center Armory, not far from our hotel in North Seattle. Admission is free to the public. Visit the event’s web page for more information.
Have you ever wanted to experience some of your favorite movies on a big, dynamic screen while lounging on a couch or stretched out on a sleeping bag? If so, Seattle’s own EMP Museum delivers exactly this experience in the form of their Campout Cinema. With the help of the museum’s giant Sky Church screen, they replicate the experience of watching an outdoor movie under the stars in the comfort and safety of an indoor space. Take in some old classics, all while enjoying themed drinks, photo ops, giveaways, and other fun surprises.
You can find the EMP in Seattle center, not far from our hotel in North Seattle. EMP screens a new movie about once every month. Tickets are available for $12, or $10 for youths and EMP members. Your admission includes access to a thematically-appropriate area of the museum.
Upcoming Campout Cinema screenings include Blade Runner, Donnie Darko, Spaceballs, and more. You can find out more about the event, or purchase your tickets for an upcoming movie by visiting the official EMP website.
The Seattle Symphony is one of the leading symphony orchestras in the country, internationally known for its innovative performances. If you’re staying with us at our North Seattle hotel this January, you can catch one of these innovative performances in the form of their annual Celebrate Asia concert.
The Celebrate Asia concert is a rich celebration of the numerous and long-standing Asian influences that have made an impression on the Puget Sound area for so many years. This year, you can look forward to seeing Xiaogang Ye’s Starry Sky for Piano and Orchestra, a piece which premiered at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Community choruses will also be performing a selection of popular Asian folk music, including Arirang and Jasmine Flower.
The 2016 Celebrate Asia event is scheduled to be held on Sunday, January 31st at 4:00 PM, at Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle. Doors will open an hour and a half beforehand, and the performance itself shall last about an hour and seventeen minutes. Visit the Seattle Symphony website to learn more about the event, or to buy your tickets right away.
Celebrate the arrival of the new year in style with Snoqualmie Casino, one of the area’s biggest destinations for Vegas-calibur gaming and entertainment. It is here that you can ring in 2016 with their Midnight Masquerade party. Scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm on Thursday, December 31st, this is an event that promises to bring a touch of mystery and fantasy to your midnight countdown, where inhibitions are abandoned and the most intimate desires are indulged.
Attendees will receive masks upon entering the party, but are also invited to bring their own. DJ WD4D and DJ Suttikeeree will bring the tunes to keep you dancing throughout the night. Enjoy the Champagne Garden, and look forward to a number of performances and surprises up through the new year.
Snoqualmie Casino is located eastward of our hotel in North Seattle, in the city of Snoqualmie. You can learn more about the casino and the upcoming New Year’s Eve Midnight Masquerade, or purchase your tickets to the event right away by visiting the casino’s official website.
If you’re looking for a fun way to ring in 2016, spend New Year’s Eve at the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Located in famous Seattle Center, this center is the home of some of the most impressive work from renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. It is here, during their New Year’s Eve pARTy, that you can watch the calendar turn over amid a spectacular display of glass art. A $200 admission gets you a tour through the exhibition, a selection of appetizers and desserts, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Dance to the music of the Michael Benson Band, and take in Seattle Center’s stunning fireworks show through the garden’s glass ceiling.
This year’s Chihuly Garden New Year’s Eve pARTy starts at 8:00 PM on New Year’s Eve and runs until 1:00 AM. You can find out more about the Chihuly Garden and its New Year’s party, or buy your tickets online, by visiting the official website. The party is limited to guests aged 21 and over.
We’re deep in the winter holidays now, which, for Seattle, means that the annual Winterfest is in full swing. Held at famous Seattle Center, this event starts in November 27th and runs up into December 31st.
Throughout the event, you can enjoy the ongoing attractions like the winter village and train down at the Armory, the ice skating rink, and the exhibitions of award-winning ice sculptures and other artwork. There are also special attractions scheduled for individual days, including performances from the Northwest Boychoir Apprentices, the Garfield Jazz Band, KlezKidz, and more. It all builds up to a great fireworks display and New Year’s Eve celebration at the end of the month, where you can welcome 2016 in proper Seattle style. A great destination for the whole family to partake of the spirit of the season!
Seattle Center can be found just north of the downtown area, not far from our hotel in North Seattle. You can read more about this year’s Winterfest attractions at the official Seattle Center website.
Italian filmmakers have been a strong influence on cinema throughout the world for a long time. If you would like to explore the newest and most exciting innovations to come out of Italy, don’t miss out on the seventh annual Cinema Italian Style during your time at our hotel in North Seattle.
Cinema Italian Style is a mini-festival hosted by the Seattle International Film Festival. This annual event kicks off on November 12th with a screening of the first movie, Mia Madre, which will be followed by the opening party at Hotel Sorrento. The festival will then continue throughout the week with another fourteen new movies from some of a selection of artists from throughout Italy. The final film, Latin Lover, will be screened on November 19th, after which a closing night party will be held at Melrose Market Studios.
Tickets to the festival’s individual films are available for $12 apiece, with discounts for members, youths, seniors, and matinee performances. One $100 festival pass gets you into all fifteen films, in addition to the opening and closing night parties. Visit the Seattle International Film Festival website to read more about this year’s artists and films, or to purchase tickets.
There’s nothing quite like a tree-lighting to ring in the holiday season. If you’re staying at our hotel in North Seattle over the Thanksgiving weekend, make your way down to the Pantages Theater Lobby to join in this beloved South Sound tradition.
Now in its 70th year, the Broadway Center’s Holiday Tree Lighting has been an annual event since World War II. It is here that members of the South Sound community will gather for carolling, pictures with Santa, and other seasonal festivities. This year, the lighting will be preceded and followed by Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience; featured by the likes of David Letterman, Ellen Degeneres, and the Tonight Show, these dogs deliver high-energy fun that the whole family can enjoy. Watch amazing stunts, athletic feats, and comedic canine antics, all in the comfort of the Pantages Theater.
The Tree Lighting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 28th, in Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. The lighting itself is free to the public, and the Stunt Dog Experience requires paid admission. Visit the official Broadway Center website for more information.