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Summer of Seattle Center – Awesome!

There are numerous ways to connect at Seattle Center this summer. Diverse daytime activities, family entertainment and attractions and spirited night life will inspire visitors to return to the 74-acre urban park often between now and Labor Day 2015.

Our newly completed playground, Artists at Play, engages the creativity and climbing skills of children of all ages, and the International and Dupen Fountains cool them down on hot summer days. Hungry visitors stop in Seattle Center Armory for freshly prepared foods – and virtually travel the globe at free ethnic cultural celebrations. Out-of-town voyagers and the community at-large gather for large outdoor festivals,  KeyArena concerts, Summer Fitness and movies and concerts at Mural Amphitheatre.

Here are just some of the events at Seattle Center this summer:

May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17:  Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. in Seattle Center Armory (Seattle Center Happy Hour). Free admission. Must be 21 and over.

Join us on for happy hour on May 21 and be the first to learn about the band lineup for the 2015 KEXP & Seattle Center Present Concerts at the Mural. There will be a special announcement at 6 p.m.

May 22-25:  Northwest Folklife Festival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Monday, throughout Seattle Center grounds (Northwest Folklife). Suggested donation of $10.

May 30:  Seattle Center Festál – Spirit of Indigenous People, Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre (Spirit of Indigenous People). Free.

May 31: Seattle Bot Battles, 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Seattle Center Armory (Seattle Bot Battles). Free.

June 6-7:  Seattle Center Festál – Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre (Pagdiriwang Festival). Free.

June 16-Aug. 19:  Summer Fitness – Zumba® Class, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop; and Gentle Yoga, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Exhibition Hall Lawn (Summer Fitness). Free.

June 20:  Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle, Marathon & ½ Marathon, 7 a.m., Fisher Pavilion (Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle).

June 20-21:  Seattle Center Festál – Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest, 12 p.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Pavilion (Festival Sundiata). Free.

June 21:  Make Music Seattle, 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Next 50 Plaza (Make Music Seattle). Free.

June 21:  Go Skateboarding Day, 10 a.m.—2 p.m., Seattle Skatepark (Skate Like a Girl). Free.

June 28:  Seattle PrideFest 2013, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., on the grounds (Seattle PrideFest). Free.

July 4:  Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle Center, 11 a.m., Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center Foundation). Free.

July 11:  Seattle Center Festál – Polish Festival, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Armory and Mural Amphitheatre (Polish Festival Seattle). Free.

July 17-19:  Groupon Bite of Seattle, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday, throughout the Center grounds (Bite of Seattle). Free entry.

July 20-Aug. 2:  League of Arts – Art Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Armory ( Free entry.

July 25:  Seafair Torchlight Fanfest, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., on the grounds (Seafair Festival). Free entry.

July 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22:  Seattle Center Movies at the Mural (dusk) with Goonies, Selma, Back to the Future, Guardians of the Galaxy and Into the Woods, Mural Amphitheatre (Movies at the Mural). Free.

 July 26:  Hispanic Seafair, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Mural Amphitheatre and Center grounds (Hispanic Seafair). Free.

July 26:  Wooden O Shakespeare in the Park, with performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Fisher Pavilion Lawn (Seattle Shakespeare Company). Free.

Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28:  KEXP & Seattle Center Present Concerts at the Mural, 5:30 p.m. at Mural Amphitheatre (Concerts at the Mural). Free.

Aug. 8:  Seattle Center Festál – Iranian Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Armory (Iranian Festival). Free.

Aug. 14:  Fountain of Light in partnership with Decibel Festival, 9 p.m.-11 p.m., International Fountain (Fountain of Light). Free.

Aug. 16:  Seattle Center Festál – BrasilFest, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof (BrasilFest). Free.

Aug. 22-23: Seattle Center Festál – Tibet Fest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Armory (Tibet Fest). Free.

Aug. 29-30:  Seattle Center Festál – Arab Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Armory, Fisher Roof, Mural Amphitheatre (Arab Festival). Free.

Sept. 5-7:  BumbershootÒ, opening at 11 a.m. daily, throughout Seattle Center grounds (check Bumbershoot for ticket prices and schedule).

KeyArena Events (check KeyArena for event details):

May 27:  Barry Manilow; June 1:  Bette Midler; June 5:  Shania Twain; July 11:  Rat City Rollergirls; July 19:  Rush; July 24:  5 Seconds of Summer; Aug. 3-8:  Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) 2 Tournament; May 26; June 6, 16, 21, 25 and 30; July 10, 15, 18, and 21; Aug. 14, 16, 21, 28 and 30; Sept. 3:  Seattle Storm and more to be announced soon.

A special thank-you to our campus sponsors for their support of our programs:  Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, Alaska Airlines, Microsoft and Worldmark by Wyndham. For super-fast, free Internet connectivity, check out Microsoft Wi-Fi at Seattle Center. For more information on these and other summer programs, activities and special events at Seattle Center, click on Seattle Center or call 206-684-7200.