Every week Ethnic Seattle picks a range of fun weekend happenings throughout the city. Here's a guide for this Memorial Day weekend!

By Rosin Saez, with Rashi Bhogal
May 26, 2016

 

THEATER

Fri, May 27
Shenangians at Theatre Off Jackson
Enjoy a night of entertainment by listening to singers and watching aerialists fly through the air at SHENANIGANS, a lively event and fashion show benefitting magicwheelchair.org. SHENANIGANS is produced by local designer Von Straton who designed an exclusive collection of attire to be modeled during the show and then later auctioned off. As this is a fashion event, guests are strongly encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character from a movie or cartoon. Host Manuela horn will be your guide throughout the evening and Sister Kate, Lady B, and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang are just a few of the exciting acts to perform. It all kicks off at 7:30 on Friday May 27th at the Theater off Jackson and all proceeds go to magicwheelchair.org.

 

FOOD & DRINK

Sat & Sun, May 28 & 29
Grand Opening of Adugenet All Day Breakfast
Rainier Valley, meet your new breakfast go-to. Adugenet opens this weekend, ready for its new customers to bask their Ethiopian menu with a side of free Wi-Fi. Here, you’ll find both vegan and vegetarian options, homemade teff enjera, coffee of course, tea, sandwiches, and fresh sambusa. The restaurant promises to be a spot to get great grub while you surf the internet. 5701 Rainier Ave S, 8am–11pm


FESTIVALS

Fri–Mon, May 27–30
Northwest Folklife Festival
Yet again this year, Seattle Center will be filled with the country’s largest folk festival over Memorial Day weekend, and you can bet that there’s something fun for everyone. From interactive cultural dances to family-focused kids’ activities, hip hop dance-offs to soul music performances, this free all ages event showcases the diversity of our city. We couldn’t agree more with their vision that, in part, says, “Northwest Folklife encourages communities to share their cultural arts, believing that interaction with new audiences enriches the community as much as the audience. When people share aspects of their culture, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes and increase respect for one another.” Check out the full schedule for more information. Seattle Center, All Day, Free

 

Sat, May 28
Madaraka Festival by One Vibe Africa and EMP Museum
Head to the EMP for an evening of music, arts, and…giving back. This benefit concert and artisan market supports One Vibe Africa’s youth music and arts programs in Kisumu, Kenya. Check out performances by the likes of legendary trumpeter, Owuor Arunga, international singer-songwriter, Chocklate, a special surprise guest, and more. Madaraka Day is June 1 and recognizes the day Kenya attained self-rule, so in that spirit this event celebrates Kenyan youth who are taking control of their destiny through art. EMP, 8pm (doors at 7:15), $25

Sat, May 28
UW Keraton Indonesian Festival
Hosted by the Indonesian Student Association of the University of Washington (ISAUW), head to campus for the second largest Indonesian festival in the country! Expect food aplenty such chicken satay with peanut sauce, spicy Malaysian fried rice, Durian smoothies, ube macaron cookeis, and much more. Plus, there will be several acoustic music and dance performances throughout the event such as the traditional tari tor-tor sigalegale, bajidor dance among others. UW Hub Lawn, 3–9pm, Free

KIDS & FAMILY FRIENDLY

Sat & Sun, May 28 & 29
Family Science Weekend at Seattle Aquarium
If you need to keep the kiddos busy this holiday weekend then the Seattle Aquarium has you covered with their Family Science Weekend. Take the kids on an ocean adventure with both educational and exciting activities.  The interactive event includes a coral reef exploration show, meeting the aquarium’s octopus, and looking for plankton. Also, don’t forget about the tide pool where children are always welcome to engage with sea anemone. Seattle Aquarium, 10–4pm, $16–$23 (free for children under 3)

Mon, May 30
Children’s Day at the Seattle Japanese Garden
This Memorial Day also happens to be Children’s Day, or kodomo no hi in Japanese. Celebrate your children and family at the Seattle Japanese Garden where there will be several live performances, storytelling, origami making, scavenger hunts with prizes, and more. There will also be a free guided tour of the gardens for older kids and adults beginning at 12:30—a great way to get insight on Japanese culture and history. Seattle Japanese Garden, Aboreteum, 10–3pm, Free for kids 12 and under

 

ARTS & LITERATURE

Sat, May 28
Book Reading: Seeing The Light: Four Decades in Chinatown by Dean Wong
This Saturday, the Wing Luke Museum is hosting photojournalist, Dean Wong, who has be photographing Seattle’s Chinatown-International District—among others across big cities in the U.S.—for decades. As per a beautiful write up in the Ballard News Tribune, writer Shane Harms says, “All of Wong’s photographs communicate something unsaid, something powerful and subtle that imbues the story of America, the story of immigration, of beautiful strength and belief at odds with ugly oppression and at the heart, the dream of belonging to a tribe, a group in the face of alienation in a foreign land.” Books will be available for purchase at the museum’s shop. Wing Luke Museum, 2–4pm, Free

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