Feb 1, 2024 - Things to Do

Seattle events: Lunar New Year, doughnuts and a banned book concert

Animated illustration of a dragon that flies upward in a spiral and becomes the moon.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Seattle has multiple Lunar New Year celebrations to check out this weekend, plus art shows, concerts and a "Lord of the Rings movie marathon.

๐Ÿ‰ Ring in the Year of the Dragon with drop-in art activities, storytelling and dance and musical performances at the Seattle Asian Art Museum's Lunar New Year Family Festival, which runs from 10:30am to 2pm Saturday. Free for kids 14 and under; adults cost $14.99.

๐ŸŒ™ Celebrate Tแบฟt, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, with Seattle Center's "Tแบฟt in Seattle" event on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day festival will feature musical performances, a lion dance, an ao dai fashion show and traditional Vietnamese food.

๐ŸŒ• Or kick off the Lunar New Year with Wing Luke Museum's Lunar New Year Fair on Saturday, offering calligraphy lessons, dragon-themed arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt. A lion dance will be held at 10am before the museum opens at 11.

  • Kids ages 5โ€“12 cost $5; adult admission is $17 for non-members.

๐Ÿฉ Eat some fried dough to celebrate Mighty-O Donut's 21st birthday. The local doughnut chain is celebrating Friday at its Green Lake location, where it will serve free doughnuts, blast tunes from 2003 and hand out gift cards.

  • 6am to 5pm at 2110 N. 55th St.

๐ŸŒ‹ Nerd out with a "Lord of the Rings" movie marathon at SIFF Cinema Downtown (the former Cinerama).

  • The films' extended versions will be screened Saturday, starting with "The Fellowship of the Ring" at 9am; "The Two Towers" at 2:30pm; and concluding with "The Return of the King" at 8pm.
  • On Sunday, the theater will show "The Hobbit" trilogy.

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Explore a new art show at the Wa Na Wari gallery in the Central District highlighting work from artists Marin Burnett, Brandon Donahue-Shipp, DK and Christopher Iduma.

  • An opening reception from 6โ€“8pm Saturday will include complimentary refreshments and live music.

๐ŸŽถ Take in music inspired by books that are being banned around the country with "Banned and Beloved: Creating New Music From Banned Books," a concert performed by the Seattle Women's Chorus.

  • Original compositions are based on "Catcher in the Rye," "Alice in Wonderland," "Beloved," "Heather Has Two Mommies," "Melissa" and "This Book is Gay."
  • 1pm and 5pm Saturday at Town Hall Seattle. $34โ€“$64.
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