Celebrate the return of the U District Street Fair and more fun around Seattle
What happens from May 20 to 26?
After a two-year pandemic pause, the U District Street Fair returns with hundreds of artists, creators, food trucks, performers and more for its 51st year.
In honor of the fair’s history and in partnership with the Museum of History & Industry, this year’s fair will highlight the story of its creation and the legacy of the peace activist, Seattle leader and store owner Andy Shiga.
Since 1959, the Shiga family has owned and operated Shiga’s Imports, one of the few Asian import stores in Seattle outside of the international district of Chinatown. From the store’s location on University Avenue in the University District, the political turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s was visible through various marches and protests, prompting Shiga and members of the U District community to ponder opportunities for people interact with people from different backgrounds. and points of view.
When Shiga created the street fair, he envisioned a place where people could meet to broaden perspectives and ease tensions at a time when calls for social justice and an end to world wars were particularly high. , explains Alfred Shiga, the son of Andy Shiga. .
“We are holding this fair to create a small situation in which people will be encouraged to cross various social and psychological barriers to stimulate the growth of openness, humor, love and compassion among people,” explained Andy Shiga in a Seattle Times article. , “which is the true basis of a reactionary, free and healthy world.”
“It’s interesting that there’s another war going on right now between Russia and Ukraine, because it brings additional parallels to how the world continues to fight these battles that my father would be adamantly opposed to,” said Alfred Shiga.
The first fair, called the U District Sidewalk Fair, drew a crowd of 50,000 and featured 300 vendors, growing to 600 vendors in 1971 and over 100,000 visitors as the fair grew throughout the 1970s.
This year’s fair will feature a 10-block pedestrian market with hundreds of vendors, live music from artists like the Garfield Jazz Band and Chaotic Noise, as well as beer gardens and outdoor dining areas featuring value of local businesses like Shultzy’s, Big Time Brewing and Oasis Tea Zone.
As for the future of the fair, “I hope it will continue as long as the city community wants it to,” Alfred Shiga said, “because the premise on which it was built is important. is a good thing to talk about, especially now.
The fair will be held May 21-22 along University Way Northeast between Northeast 41st and Northeast 50th streets. This is a free outdoor event. Find more information on: districtseattle.com/streetfair
What else is going on
Here are some other events happening May 20-26 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to [email protected]
Fisherman’s Village Music Festival — May 19-21
Everett Music Initiative presents a music festival featuring authentic Northwest rock ‘n’ roll with artists such as Deep Sea Diver, SYML, Haley Heynderickx, Joshy Soul and more, as well as food trucks and a night market. Buy your tickets online; prices vary. Downtown Everett, multiple locations; levillagedepecheurs.com
Pulling for Seward Park: Community Reforestation Event — May 20
Seward Park Audubon invites visitors to help remove invasive plant species from Seward Park 9am-11am Tools, gloves and mulch will be provided as participants work the dirt to protect homes from birds and other wildlife. Register online; free. 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; 206-652-2444; sewardpark.audubon.org
Love, SeaTown – May 20
To kick off summer in downtown Seattle, enjoy a happy hour block party with music, local sports celebrities, beer gardens, food trucks and more from 4 p.m. at 18 o’clock. Free. 305 Harrison Street, Seattle; 206-623-0340; loveseatown.com
University of Washington Aquatic Science Open House — May 21
Explore hands-on activities with the UW community, visit the Burke Museum’s fish collections, learn why corals bleach, and more during the Student Open House Explore Aquatic Science from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 1122 NE Boat St., Seattle; 917-239-9588; fish.uw.edu
A Glimpse of China: Seattle Chinese Arts and Culture Festival — May 21
The Seattle Center Festál continues with a preview of China: Seattle Chinese Culture and Arts Festival, a virtual program from noon to 1:30 p.m. A Glimpse of China explores China’s traditional and contemporary influences, spanning 5,000 years of history through folk dances, artwork, and dance. . Stream on the Washington Chinese Arts & Culture Committee Facebook page, facebook.com/SeattleCenter and youtube.com/SeattleCenter; free. st.news/festal
47th Annual Monroe Exchange Meeting – May 21-22
Visit one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest swap meets featuring vintage cars and parts, tools, engines, wheels, sheet metal, automotive literature, farm equipment, antiques and Moreover. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22 $10/parking. 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe; monroeswapmeet.com
Tacoma Guitar and Drum Festival — May 21-22
Join the largest gathering of the Pacific Northwest’s musical community at the Tacoma Guitar & Drum Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 22. Visitors can also buy, sell and trade new, used and vintage instruments. Buy your tickets online; $22/weekend pass, free/12 and under. Tacoma Dome, 2727 ED St., Tacoma; 253-272-3663; tacomadome.org
SPOTLIGHT NORTH Open Studio Tour — May 21-22
Meet North King County artists, see their creative workspaces, see work in progress, and shop for artwork on the inaugural SPOTLIGHT NORTH Studio Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Location varies; spotlightnorth.org
“Koala Lou” Community Show at the White Center Library – May 22
The King County Library System is hosting an interactive performance of Mem Fox’s “Koala Lou” at 11:30 a.m. Explore big feelings with a teaching artist from the Book-It Repertory Theatre. Register online; free. 1409 SW 107th St Seattle; 206-243-0233; kcls.org
PFLAG Parents Day — May 22
Join PFLAG’s Parents Day to celebrate and honor the families, allies, and LGBTQ+ people who have supported the organization’s mission since its founding at 11 a.m.; all are welcome, from parents to in-laws, guardians to grandparents, teachers to nurses, birth, choice, foster and adoption families. RSVP online; free. pflag.org
Here are some upcoming events with recently announced ticket sales.
Kendrick Lamar recently announced the 65-date Big Steppers Tour, featuring three stops in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The tour includes a stop on August 27 at the Climate Pledge Arena. Ticket sales begin May 20. oklama.com/tour