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Experience Tibet’s rich, unique, and vibrant culture at Tibet Fest | Aug 26-27

Tibet Fest, photo by Kurt Smith

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Celebrate with the Tibetan community August 26-27 at Seattle Center

SEATTLE –  Seattle Center Festál will host Tibet Fest, a showcase of unique Tibetan culture, Saturday, August 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, August 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Armory Food & Event Hall. Organized by the Tibetan Association of Washington with the help of Seattle Center, Tibet Fest is an opportunity to connect with Tibet’s unique, and often inaccessible culture through arts, culture, and a spirit of togetherness to create unforgettable memories.

The 2023 festival marks 28 years of Tibet Fest, and there is a full line-up that includes Tibetan food and vendors, group and solo cultural performances by local artists, as well as by previous graduates of the prestigious Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. Visitors can purchase work by master word-carver, Sampa Lhundup, jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs from the Himalayan Bazaar, and can attend a documentary film screening about the history and struggles of the Tibetan people.

“Our vision of One Seattle hopes to bring together everyone from the city’s various communities to uplift and celebrate our diversity,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. “Now in its 26th year, Tibet Fest highlights the unique cultural roots of our Tibetan community and gives Seattleites an opportunity to experience their rich traditions through art, music, and delicious food.”

Guests will be able to experience cooking demonstrations and the mouthwatering flavors of Tibetan cuisine – momo and pak, and engage in a photo exhibition by Kurt Smith, taking visitors on a visual journey of Tibet over a 15-year period beginning in 2007. Kids can partake in arts and crafts while viewing kids’ art and drawings on display from the Tibetan Language and Cultural School. There is something for everyone at Tibet Fest.

“Hosting the vibrant and culturally rich Tibet Fest at Seattle Center reflects our commitment to celebrating diversity and fostering understanding among different communities, said Seattle Center Interim Director Marshall Foster. “It is events like Tibet Fest that make Seattle Center a center of cultural exchange and connection.”

Tibet Fest aims to preserve the culture of the community and provide an opportunity for the broader public to experience the rich and unique culture of Tibet.

For a full schedule of festival activities, visit the Seattle Center Website.

About Tibet Fest and the Tibetan Association of Washington

The Tibetan Association of Washington is a non-profit organization of Tibetans in the state of Washington. It strives to preserve and promote the unique Tibetan cultural traditions within the Tibetan Community, and to share Tibet’s ancient cultural traditions with Washingtonians and the United States.

Information on the festival is available at and

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál cultivates a deeper understanding of the cultures and ethnic diversity that contribute to the rich vibrancy of the Pacific Northwest. This unique series links together 24 free festivals presented on weekends from January to November, each with its own cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities. Seattle Center Festál is Where the World Gathers to celebrate the people, the places, the stories, and the traditions of the city’s communities. Seattle Center Festál is produced in partnership with 24 different community groups and supported by City of Seattle, Seattle Center Foundation, 4Culture, and KUOW. Festál is also part of the ArtsFund Cultural Partners Network.

About Seattle Center

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts, and family gathering place in the core of our city and region. Seattle Center’s 74-acre campus, centered around the International Fountain, is part of the Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena; more than 30 cultural, educational, sports, and entertainment organizations; and a broad range of public and community programs. In everything it does, Seattle Center’s mission is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments which delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities.

In 2023 Seattle Center is expanding its role to provide maintenance and public safety services for Seattle’s new Waterfront Park, a series of new public spaces on Seattle’s downtown waterfront between Pioneer Square and the Seattle Aquarium. Seattle Center will support managing these new waterfront public spaces in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Waterfront Seattle, which offers the community a range of recreational and cultural programming. 

Thanks to the support of Official Seattle Center Partners – Alaska Airlines, The Climate Pledge, Coors Light, Pepsi, Premera Blue Cross, Symetra, T-Mobile, and WaFd Bank – Seattle Center is the #1 arts and entertainment destination in the Pacific Northwest with 12 million annual visitors, generating $1.864 billion in business activity and more than $631 million in labor income annually.