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

By Rosin Saez
May 5, 2016



Sat, May 7 & 8
Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s Huge Book Sale
In its 45th year, Friends of the Seattle Public Library will hold its Huge Book Sale to fundraise for the SPL at the Exhibition Hall in Seattle Center this weekend. From 9 to 5 on Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday, check out over 100,000 items including children’s books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, paperbacks, vinyl records, and old, rare books for only $1 to $3! SPL members get a special preview on Friday; more details on the event website. Seattle Center, Free



Thu, May 5
Banda Vagos Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The Royal Room in Columbia City will be hosting one of the most loved banda in Seattle, Banda Vagos, who has been sharing their love of banda music in the Northwest for over 15 years. Royal Room, Columbia City, $12–$15

Sat, May 7
El Centro de la Raza 11th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Though the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo is, of course, May 5, this free family friendly event celebrates on Saturday, from noon to 4. Hosted by El Centro de la Raza in Beacon Hill’s Jefferson Community Center, expect traditional and authentic food for sale, children’s activities, raffle prizes, craft and info booths, as well as live music by Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin, Sealth Mariachi, and Seattle Fandango Project. Jefferson Community Center, Beacon Hill, Free



Thu, May 5
Free First Thursday at Wing Luke Museum
Bring the whole family to the International District for free admission to a beautiful museum and its exhibits. Discover how Bruce Lee broke barriers, learn about the Danny Woo Community Garden, and more. Wing Luke Museum, Free



Fri, May 6
Dear Nanay: Open Mic and Cultural Show
For an early celebration of Mother’s Day, Refresh Frozen Desserts and Espresso is hosting Anakbayan Seattle for an open mic night dedicated to mom. But mom, or nanay in this case, also refers to the motherland that is the Philippines. So to honor mothers and motherland, artists, musicians, and performers are welcome to sing, dance, or spit poetry in Capitol Hill this Friday, starting at 7. Refresh Frozen Desserts, Suggested donation



Thu, May 5 thru June 25
Seattle Public Library African American Film Series
To celebrate black actors, directors, and films the Seattle Public Library will be screening movies at branches across the city. There will be predominantly contemporary films such as Straight Outta Compton, based on the ‘90s rap group NWA, the indie teen comedy, Dope, and the award-winning Selma, but also be family friendly films, too. The long series begins Thursday, May 5 and run until late June. To find out what your local branches are screening, check the SPL event page. Various locations, Free



Fri, May 6
Second Annual Beautiful Music Fundraiser and Community Potluck
This all ages show from 6 to 9 features an evening of flamenco, alternative square dancing,—don’t worry, it’ll be led by a pro—and more with music from members of the Hillman City Collaboratory. There will also be a large community potluck. There’s a $10 suggested donation, though pay what you can, that goes towards venue improvements, continuing free community classes, and other great programs that ensure song, dance, and empowerment for years to come. The Hillman City Collaboratory, $10

Please submit event details for consideration to ethnicseattle@gmail.com