Four organizations come together for one big community festival.

By Bao Nguyen
November 9, 2017

A popular news headline first seen a few years ago and has since reached meme status begins with “Millennials are Killing” and usually ends by naming an activity, item, or industry that was, up until recent years, a staple of life. Millennials have been accused of killing the diamond industry, the department store, chain restaurants, and…bar soap?

It has become somewhat of an inside joke now as people began to recognize that Millennials are simply adapting to the vastly different social and economic climate. Rather than being murderers of dated trends and habits, Millennials are conceiving and adopting new lifestyles that are often more thoughtful and personal. According to a 2015 study, Millennials are the most likely to “shop local,” favor “responsible” products, and have a “strong desire to support retailers in the community.”

At Ethnic Seattle, we wholeheartedly love this trend as we continue our work supporting small local businesses, particularly those owned by immigrants and minorities. Two years ago, we organized the first Holiday Pop-up Market in the International District that brought together area restaurants and businesses to offer unique merchandises for holiday gift baskets. It was a hit.

This year, we’re expanding further and joining forces with other community organizations to turn this event into an extravaganza. Here’s a rundown of what the Festival will have to offer you and the whole family.

Pop-Up Market, Games & Activities by Ethnic Seattle

This pop-up market will bring vendors, artisans, cuisines, and experiences gathered from around Seattle neighborhoods to the CID, including the funky and fun Badwill Market. There will be free gingerbread making (with a toy donation for our toy drive), art & crafts activities for kids. ES will be raffling off a signed Kam Chancellor jersey, a $500 Expedia voucher, and a big basket full of goodies. Don’t miss it!

Chinatown International District Holiday Festival

Vintage Craft & Gift Market by Nagomi Tea House & Hokubei Hochi Foundation

Join us for a fun and unique shopping experience on Small Business Saturday in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District! Saturday, November 25th. Located at Nagomi Tea House, 519 Sixth Avenue South (King). Time: 11AM-4PM. Pay parking in open parking lot in front. Free event will feature vendors offering refreshments by Uwajimaya; gifts; vintage jewelry, wares, and clothing; Japanese vintage haori silk jackets; antique furniture; hand-made crafts, fabric accessories, and jewelry; books by Kinokuniya and Chin Music Press; and more! We promise you will find some unique treasures!

AAPI Arts & Crafts Fair by Hing Hay Coworks

The goal is to increase awareness, visibility and patronage of AAPI community artists and crafters by providing a new market venue for artists to sell their original arts and crafts in the Seattle Chinatown International District. The last fair in July attracted more than 300+ attendees and 23 vendors, ranging from food, art, jewelry, and more. There will be live music by the Happy Campers from 12:30-2:30 and a DJ will be spinning tracks the rest of the time.

Food Walk by CIDBIA

This special edition of the Happy Hour Food Walk on Saturday November 25 will celebrate Small Business Saturday! Enjoy $2, $4, and $6 items from many restaurants in Chinatown-International District. Do some shopping as well and you’ll have a chance to win TWO international Delta tickets with the Buy & Fly raffle. Spend a cummulative $100 at participating retail stores in the CID and you’ll have a chance to win.