Dragon Festival

Experience the transformation of Chinatown-ID history

Over the past 100 years, Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants, Italians, African Americans, and Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees have shaped this diverse neighborhood business district. Today, the neighborhood is a destination for savvy locals and intrepid travelers who seek a genuine taste of Seattle, easily accessible by foot, transit or car.

Take the time and you’ll be rewarded with a quiet garden atop a terraced hillside, teashops around the corner and restaurants to please an array of taste buds and budgets, from hand-rolled noodles to crispy duck. Take part in the tradition of karaoke and learn more about the emerging art scene. Browse exhibits in a one-of-a-kind Asian–Pacific Islander museum, historic gift galleries and unique shops mixing traditions of the past with designs of the present.

In the past, Dragon Festival, also known as the Summer Fest – brought together families and children to a weekend filled with festivities and cultural performances that span across the three neighborhoods. Streets are sectioned off for food trucks and booths packed with food and drinks, retail, and craft vendors.

Audience under the Hing Hay Park red arch
Lion dance on stage
Busy street at Dragon Fest
Festival attendees in the food truck court
Ribbon dancing on stage

Food, Fun, and Entertainment

The main stage under the 45ft tall red archway welcomes visitors to participate in our noodle eating contest, as well as featured cultural performances that include Dragon and Lion dances, Traditional Korean drumming, martial arts demonstrations, the Chinese Girls Drill Team, and more.

Preserving the many cultural identities that make up the Chinatown-International District, we hope that Dragon Fest provides a small glimpse of insight to what a diverse range of Asian American traditions look like, and celebrate the traditions that band us together.

Martial arts demonstration