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Polish Festival Seattle is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with Seattle Polish Foundation.

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

COVID-19 Protocols:
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

The festival will take place in-person on Saturday, July 9 at 12pm-7pm in the Armory Food & Event Hall and Mural Amphitheatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Polish Festival Seattle is a joyful celebration of Polish culture, traditions, and contemporary achievements. It is produced by the Seattle Polish Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, in partnership with Seattle Center, and supported by the Polish Home Association and Polish American community. The festival features authentic Polish food, live music and dance performances, exhibits, demos and workshops, local merchants, beer garden, and children’s activities.

On our stage, we welcome back Polish dance group, Lajkonik, Laure Struber-Mosnier playing the music of Fryderyk Chopin, Vivat Musica Choir, and Polish band from Portland, Zabawa. This year’s festival will also include Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble as we feature the rich culture of Ukraine through dance and other shared traditions. We invite everyone to come together to experience and share our cultures, in the spirit of education, celebration, and unification.

Polish Festival Seattle is a family-oriented gathering place for the Greater Seattle’s multicultural community. The festival provides an opportunity for Polish entertainers to perform in front of audiences as well as Polish American organizations and vendors to highlight their talents, products, and services. The festival is a place for Polish Americans to explore their heritage, and a venue for all visitors to learn more about their Polish neighbors. We believe that through cultural awareness we build understanding and friendship with the community.


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OVERVIEW

Seattle Center Festál presents Polish Festival Seattle in partnership with Seattle Polish Foundation and Polish Home Association. The festival features authentic Polish food, live music, exhibits, merchants, vodka tasting, beer garden, workshops, and more.

HISTORY 

Seattle Polish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It provides a place for Polish Americans to explore their heritage, share understanding, and build community.

Polish Festival Seattle was founded in 2012 and joined Festál.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Over 125,000 residents of Washington State claim Polish ancestry and around 15,000 Poles live in the Seattle area.
  • “Sto Lat” or “One Hundred Years” is sung at nearly every celebration.
  • The symbol of Poland is a white eagle, and has been depicted wearing a crown or not, depending on the government and occupying nations of Poland throughout the country’s history.
  • Poles have won a total of 17 Noble prizes including 4 Peace prizes and 5 in Literature.
  • Famous Poles include Frederic Chopin, Marie Curie, and Nicholas Copernicus.

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