Irish Eyes Are Smiling! Seattle Center’s Festal presents the 2018 Irish Festival

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!


Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.


Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level

Do Not Forget to Vote, Madrona

Vote SeattleToday is the due date for voting.  Your ballot must be either postmarked today – take it to the post office on 23rd and Union to be safe – or take your ballot to a ballot drop box.  The closest ballot drop box to Madrona is in Downtown Seattle at the King County Administration Building at 500 4th Ave or they have a ballot drop-off van at the Univerisity of Washington Campus’s Red Square but there is no parking or vehicle access.  Here are all the King Count locations for ballot drop boxes or ballot drop-off vans.

Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon June 23rd

Rock N Roll Marathon SeattleSeattle’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon is tomorrow June 23rd starting at 7 AM.  Starting in Belltown the run will go through Downtown Seattle to Leschi and include Mercer Island and Seward Park for the full marathon then around Mount Baker along the Downtown Waterfront and ending in Lower Queen Anne.  There will be rock bands stationed all along the half and full marathon.  Click the link to see the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon route and to the see the which bands are playing along the course.

Construction on East Harrison Closes Street for Summer

Last week, Seattle Public Utilities began construction  of local sewers and storm water improvements and work will close a section of Harrison Street between 30th and 31st off for the next several months. Construction will include a 35,000 gallon underground storm water storage tank and a new 18″ combined sewer pipeline on East Harrison Street between 30th and 31st Avenue East. This work will greatly reduce the potential for sewer backups and storm water flooding along 31st between E. John St and E. Republican St, an area experiencing heavy problems.

Given the extent of the construction that is needed, work is scheduled to be completed in October, and work hours are scheduled typically between 7:30am-6:00pm, Mon-Fri. Construction will include installing a new fencing and mobilizing equipment on the site, removing pavement on E Harrison St, removing soil, installing the new 18″ sewer pipe among other things. Traffic will be detoured off of E. Harrison St between 30th and 31st for the duration of the construction work. Pedestrian access will be permitted during construction, please be aware of the traffic congestion this may cause for the duration of the summer!