The weekend’s agenda includes Chinatown International District Block Party, Cafe Da Sua Fest in Little Saigon, Tibet Fest in Seattle Center, and much more.

By Rashi Bhogal
August 25, 2016



Thu, Aug 25
FareStart Guest Chef Night
It’s guest chef night at Farestart again and this time the organization welcomes chef Alex Wilson of Oddfellows. The three-course menu consists of a creamy, chilled corn soup with a Dungeness crab salad, a seared pork loin with roasted vegetables and a savory smoked peach chutney. For dessert enjoy a decadent balsamic strawberry shortcake. Vegetarian options are also available. FareStart Restaurant, $30, 5:30–8

Fri, Aug 26
Fabulous Fish Fridays
Machine House Brewery and Nosh food truck have teamed up for Fish Fridays. Machine House is a brewery in devoted to English cask ales which are typically malty and lower in alcohol content. Try the Brambling Cross, it’s a refreshing and subtle single malt IPA. The oatmeal stout is known for its smooth body and the sweet malty flavor is balanced with the bitterness of the roasted barley. Both these beers go hand-in-hand with Nosh’s fish and chips. Pacific cod smothered in beer batter, fried perfectly and served with fried potatoes with a side of mashed peas mixed with mint. Machine House Brewery, every Friday, 5–9pm


Thu–Sat, Aug 25–27
Theatre Off Jackson
Seayoung Yim is a playwright based out of Seattle who got her degree in drama at the University of Washington. Her latest play Do It For Umma is garnering attention with its record-breaking sold-out run. The play focuses on themes of inheritance, immigration, family secrets and revenge. Umma comes back as a ghost to haunt her daughter into avenging her death. Meanwhile, her son is disregarding his duty to the family because of romantic trysts. Watch as Hanna sets off to find Umma’s killer. Do It For Umma is a tragicomedy about a woman trying to save her family’s honor while desperately vying for her dead mother’s approval. Theater Off Jackson, $18, 4pm & 8pm

Aug 26 thru Sept 1
HOLA Mexico Film Festival
Celebrate Mexican culture and catch a few movies at the same time. This film festival has been around since 2006 and is the largest festival of Mexican cinema outside of Mexico. They screen 10 of the best Mexican films presented during the 2016 festival in L.A. Check out award-winning movies like Mr. Pig, Paraiso Perdido (Paradise Lost), and A Los Ojos which translates to In Your Eyes. All movies are in Spanish with English subtitles and the tour is split into five main sections which includes everything from horror films to documentaries to animated films. Showtimes vary so be sure to check out the full schedule. Columbia City, Ark Lodge Cinemas, $11


Sat & Sun, Aug 27 & 28
Tibet Fest
This festival brings Tibetan culture alive through live performances, authentic food, games, visual arts, hands-on activities and a boisterous marketplace. Attendees are able to participate in group dances, create sand mandalas, a Buddhist drawing filled in with colorful sand believed to have healing powers, while learning about other ancient art and the effect of herbal medicines. There will be all sorts of crafts like prayer flags, handmade crafts as well as a ton of exciting activities for children. Seattle Center, Free

Sat, Aug 27
South Lake Union Saturday Market
The market is extending its hours well into the evening for a special event. Join in for a fantastic night out with some of the best food Seattle has to offer. Check out artwork from local artists and all sorts of unique crafts and vintage wear for a unique night out. It’s a family event so bring the kids and enjoy dinner out in the warm breezy summer evening. Also, make sure to keep checking the site as the they announce music and other fun programming. South Lake Union, Free

Sun, Aug 28
Celebrate Little Saigon
Check out this community festival that combines delicious Vietnamese food with a fun and creative cultural experience. There will be live entertainment of Vietnamese American performing artists focusing on traditional and modern Vietnamese pop music. There will be a ton of fun activities, games, and crafts for children of all ages. This year the festival is focusing on the savory and symbolic flavors of Café Sữa Đá, aka Vietnamese iced coffee. Other vendors include ChuMinh Tofu, Tamarind Tree, and Macadons. There will also be a dessert eating contest and a beer garden for those 21 and up.

Sun, Aug 28
Chinatown International District Block Party
The block party starts in the afternoon and goes well into the evening. There will be tons of live music, neighborhood art, and all sorts of amazing food from local vendors like Hood’s Famous Bakeshop. There will also be live performances by Shawn Wasabi, Tomo Nakayama and Hollis Wong-Wear to name a few. This block party shows all the cultural changes that have been taking place in Chinatown while also demonstrating the strong sense of community that still exists in this neighborhood and it’s the first of it’s kind to showcase a new generation of Asian Pacific Americans through music, arts, and culture. 900 S. King St, Free, 3–9pm


Mon, Aug 29
AAJA Seattle Chef Showcase 2016
While, yes, it’s not technically a weekend event, but we still thought we should include this awesome showcase. The Asian American Journalists Association is hosting an event that has a little something for everyone. Meet some of Seattle’s most well-known chefs who are donating their time and demonstrating some of their most popular recipes. Chefs this year include Lisa Nakamura of Gnocchi Bar and Jutamas Kwan Kanjanamai of Noi Tha, plus others. There will also be drinks from Tranche Cellars and Fremont Brewing. It’s a great way to meet and network with local professionals in the media industry so check it out and try some appetizers, drink some beer, and sip on some local wine.  Columbia Tower Club, $50, 6pm