Every week Ethnic Seattle picks a wide range of community weekend events happening around the city. Here’s our guide for this weekend!


Thu, April 14
Grand Opening of 12th Ave Squire Park
Celebrate the opening of a new public park from 5 to 7:30 with refreshments from neighbors Cherry Street Coffee, Ba Bar, and Starbucks. There will also be performances from the Garfield High jazz band as well as Naomi Wachira. As part of the Capitol Hill Art Walk, be sure to appreciate the park’s permament sculpture by Ellen Sollod titled Cloud Veil. 12th Ave and E James Court, free

Sun, April 17
Haiku Day
Join Haiku Northwest on International Haiku Writing Day at the Seattle Japanese Garden. Haiku Day features introductory writing workshops, haiku walks, installations, craft activities, readings, and more, with poetry from Haiku Northwest (in English) and the Rainier Haiku Ginsha (in Japanese and English). Seattle Japanese Garden, $6 (free for children under 5)


Sat, April 16
April Pools Day
With the beautiful weather appraoching, Seattle Park and Rec is hosting a day of water-filled fun this Saturday. All eight public indoor pools across the city will be open to families and community members for free public swims, water safety demos, raffles, and other fun activities for kids. See the website for more details on splashing around this weekend. Various venues, free


Sat, April 16
Doctor For a Day at Africatown
This free event welcomes middle and high school students interested in careers in healthcare. The University of Washington Student National Medical Association, or UW SNMA, wants to improve diversity of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in healthcare and medical fields. Resident doctors and medical school students from the University of Washington will hold workshops on conducting physical exams, taking blood pressure, suturing a wound, and more. Be sure to register for the event! Africatown Innovation Center, free


Sat, April 16
Second Use Handmade & Homegrown Market
This free, all ages indoor and outdoor market features the work and wares of over 50 local Seattle artists, creators, and makers. From 10 to 4 at the Second Use store in SoDo, check out this market for spring and summer garden needs, an early Mother’s Day gift, or just to spend a sunny day looking at crafts, plants, and more. There will be food, coffee, and storewide sale as well! Second Use, free


Mon, April 18

Echo Park Screening at Ark Lodge Cinemas
While technically not a weekend event, it’s still pretty darn close plus we couldn’t pass up mentioning this lovely one-night-only event. Echo Park is the work of director Amanda Marsalis and writer Catalina Aguilar, and is presented by Seattle’s Sankofa Film Society in conjuction with Array Now, an independent distribution company dedicated to amplifying indie films by people of color and women directors. Ark Lodge Cinemas in Columbia City will screen Echo Park at 7pm. Ark Lodge Cinemas, $11

Please send events for consideration to ethnicseattle@gmail.com. Thanks!