On this weekend's agenda: Mid-Autumn Festival is here, Swirle x Fung Bros pops up in Chinatown with Thai rolled ice cream, Michael Bennett, chef Sam Choy, and Stone House Cafe team up on a poke contest, plus more.

By Rosin Saez
September 15, 2016

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ARTS & CULTURE

Thu, Sept 15
Mid-Autumn Festival
Also known as Moon Festival, the thousand-year-old festival celebrated by Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese the world over is September 15 this year. Read our coverage about the Mid-Autumn Festival here. And if you’re getting hungry watch how Huong Binh Restaurant in Little Saigon hand molds the festival’s honorary treat, moon cakes. Oh, haven’t tried mooncake? Neither have these people—and we caught their reactions on camera.

Fri, Sept 16
Preview of Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts
This new exhibit at the Central District’s North African American Museum is getting its own special preview party this Friday. And hey, it’s free. Sip or snack on some provided light refreshments as you explore this new, incredible exhibit. It highlights the many accomplishments of African American and other minorities who have overcome prejudices to pursue their passion of dance. Linger for a dance performance at the party from Kiana Harria and Milvia Pacheco. NAAM, Free, 6-8

Sat, Sept 17
Moon Viewing Festival—Otsukimi
It’s bound to be an evening of moon gazing, strolls along candlelit paths in the Seattle Japanese Garden, plus live music and nature-inspired poetry and haikus. Similar to the Mid-Autumn Festival, Japan celebrates the harvest moon; their tradition dates back to the eighth century! Visitors will also be able to view the moon via telescope. And if you’re thinking you’ll need a pick-me-up, there will be tsukimi-chakai tea ceremonies and a deluxe bento dinner available for preorder. Seattle Japanese Garden, $15–$25, 6-10

FOOD & DRINK

Thu, Sept 15
Chinatown Happy Hour Food Walk
It’s baaack. Many a Chinatown restaurants will be offering happy hour bites. Things like gyoza or kebabs or barbecue chicken will be in the $2–$6 range. And oh yes, there will certainly be some drinks, too. World Pizza and Eastern Cafe are two spots perfect for a cold beer on a warm fall day. Chinatown, Various venues, Free, 4-7

Fri thru Sun, Sept 16–18
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Swirle x Fung Bros Thai Rolled Ice Cream Popup
Making the international rounds as one of the trendiest desserts is Thai rolled ice cream. And Swirle is hosting a three-day ice cream–filled popup in the International District this weekend. If you’re not quite up on the buzzworthy dessert, the popup has an adorable video about the treat on YouTube. Or, just head to 408 Seventh Avenue South from noon to 8 this weekend to try it firsthand. Flavors include strawberry banana, matcha, YOLO (You Obviously Love Oreo), and Fruit Loops crunch, which is cereal as ice cream—another dessert craze unto itself. Chinatown, Free event, 12-8

Mon, Sept 19
The Seattle Poke Contest
It’s not likely we’ve reached peak poke just yet, especially with this event highlighting Seattle’s undying love for the Hawaiian dish. From 6 to 9, the Stone House Cafe and Sam Choy of his eponymous Poke to the Max will host over a dozen local chefs in a poke contest; the likes of chef Heong Soon Park of Chan and Seastar’s chef John Howie will be competing. Chef Choy himself will do a poke demo, there will be sweets, beer, giveaways, and more. Plus, proceeds will go towards the Bennett Foundation and Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett will be hanging out as well. Tickets are $85.

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★ – Recommended event