Join a festival of colors and new beginnings at Holi, plus other fun things to do around Seattle


What happens from March 25 to 31?

Spring is finally here ! You can celebrate the season with the colors of the rainbow at Phinney Neighborhood Association Holi Festival of Colors.

Holi is a Hindu spring festival which signifies the changing of seasons, the victory of good over evil, color, love, fertility, laughter, oblivion and forgiveness. PNA’s Holi Festival includes color throws, entertainment, food and more for people of all faiths, cultures, backgrounds and ages.

The idea for a Holi festival in the Seattle neighborhood began in 2018 with community member Avanie Trovato, who previously hosted an Indian cooking class and Bollywood movie night at the Phinney Center. Trovato celebrated Holi while growing up in India, and she wanted to share this spring celebration with the Indian community and others in Seattle.

“She wanted to bring a sense of shared tradition and culture to this neighborhood – the importance of people being able to celebrate the cultures they belong to and also to learn more about the traditions and cultures than they don’t. may not know,” said Mary Campbell, PNA Events. director.

This year’s Holi festival will include an area for throwing colored powder; the music of DJ KP, which mixes Indian music like Bollywood and Bhangra hits with America’s top 40 hits and more; henna with Viviane from Mehndiva Viv; a performance and dance workshop by Afsaana Dance; and children’s arts and crafts with Wasfee Vazir from Hindi Time Kids. When you’re ready to take a break from the festivities, you can enjoy a snack from Spice Waala and wash it down with Seattle-based Jaipur Avenue Chai.

“It was important for us to work with people who are Indian or part of Indian culture. … It’s going to be really fun,” Campbell said. “There’s going to be a big dance, and it’s going to be a big party.”

If you want to throw (or wear) powder, be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Attendees can even walk away with their own free souvenir.

“Sometimes people like to wear white because when you wear white, the color really pops on your clothes,” Campbell said. “People spray their clothes with vinegar to set the color, and it can almost look like a tie-dye t-shirt.”

There will be a limited number of tickets available to join the powder throwing area at the festival for $12. Tickets include admission to the powder throwing area and five color packs (additional packs available for purchase for $2). Children 5 and under do not need a ticket to enter and can each get two free color packs. The seller and performance areas are free.

The PNA Holi Festival will take place March 26 from noon to 3 p.m. in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle). Find more information on:

What else is going on

Here are some other events taking place March 25-31 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for review, please complete the form at the bottom of the post.

Artists at the Center with Das Biest — March 25

Join the Seattle Center’s Artists at the Center series with Das Biest at 7 p.m. This performance offers a danced exploration of work, labor and rest. The outdoor piece also includes improvisation, site-specific choreography and energetic movement styles. Free. 305 Harrison St., Seattle (Fisher Pavilion roof); 206-684-7200;

Hawaiian Music Masters — March 25

The City of Kent Parks Department and Kent Arts Commission is hosting Kent’s Spotlight Series with masters of Hawaiian music at 7:30 p.m. . Buy your tickets online; $28/adults, $26/seniors, $15/youth. 10020 SE 256th St., Kent; 253-856-5051;

District U Cherry Blossom Festival — March 25 to April 10

The U District Partnership presents Seattle’s first U District Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the cherry blossoms on the University of Washington campus. The two-week celebration includes a Cherry Blossom Run 5K and Half Marathon (March 26 and 27), the Cantina Bloom Garden waterfront and cherry blossom-themed food, drink and shopping promotions in the university district. Register online for the Cherry Blossom Race; the price varies. Multiple locations;

Freeway Estates Plant Sale – March 26

Freeway Estates Community Orchard presents a sale of vegetable and flower plants, native plants, free seeds and more from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 6030 Sixth Avenue NE, Seattle;

An Appetite for Cinema: Cinema Food — March 26

King County Library System is hosting an online course to explore the complex relationship between food and film throughout history and how that relationship continues to impact our cultural landscape with film historian John Trafton at 2 p.m. Register online; free.

The Great Taste — March 26

Discover local wines, beers, ciders and spirits from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be live music, food and more. Buy your tickets online; $45. 6310 NE 74th St., Seattle;

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — March 26-27

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Paramount Theater with a variety of new and classic works, including Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” at 2 and 8 p.m. March 26 and 2 p.m. March 27. Buy your tickets online; $35 to $125. 911 Pine St., Seattle; 206-682-1414;

Artist Interview with Ezra Wube — March 31

Join Wa Na Wari for an artist talk at noon on March 31 with Ezra Wube, whose work is currently on display at Wa Na Wari. Posting on Facebook; free.

Another Opening, Another Show: The Story of Seattle Theater — March 31

Join Washington Trust Preservation for a look at theater history with author and historian Lawrence Kreisman 5-6:30 p.m. Register online; $5/members, $10/non-members.

City Call: Sharing Our City with the Coyotes — March 31

Seward Park Audubon Center presents an expert panel on the topic of urban coyotes to dispel lore and share research while taking a look at these city prowlers 5:30-7:00 p.m. Register online; free.

Rainwater harvesting for beginners — March 31

Join UW Botanic Gardens for an online course on rainwater harvesting. , etc.), budgets and applications (e.g. drinking water, irrigation, etc.). Register online; $25.

Ticket alert

Here are some upcoming events with recently announced ticket sales.


Tickets for “Hamilton’s” Seattle engagement begin at 10 a.m. on March 28. Visit, ticketmaster.comcall 800-982-2787 or visit the Paramount Theater box office in person (corner of Ninth Avenue and Pine Street; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).


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