The Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias festival celebrating Latino culture takes place this weekend

The Seattle Center Festál will continue with Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias at the Seattle Center Armory Food & Event Hall and Fisher Pavilion from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. The festival celebrates the liberation of Spain for Mexico, Chile, Panama, Peru and Guatemala, as well as Latino cultures that span the Caribbean.

The two-day festival will include music, dancing, food, children’s activities, a health fair and a Zumba® festival.

Fiestas Patrias commemorates the anniversary of independence from Spain and highlights national pride and cultures in Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua . The festival coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from mid-September to mid-October.

About Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Sea Mar Community Health Centers was founded by a group of Latino community leaders in 1978. This group sought to address health care needs in Western Washington, particularly among Spanish-speaking communities. Sea Mar understands the barriers that Latinos and other immigrant communities may face when navigating the healthcare system, pursuing higher education, or simply trying to earn a living. For this reason, Sea Mar goes beyond primary care and has implemented additional programs, services and events like Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias to celebrate Latin American cultural traditions.

More information about the festival is available at seattlecenter.com and seattlefiestaspatrias.org.

About Seattle Center Festal

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 24 free festivals presented on weekends from February to November, each with its own cultural focus, identity and range of engaging activities. 2022 commemorates Festál’s 25th anniversary, ushering in a new era of hybrid programming in this return to in-person events. Seattle Center Festál is where the world will come together to celebrate people, places, stories, traditions and the next 25 years of innovation. Seattle Center Festál is produced in partnership with 24 different community groups and supported by 4Culture, the City of Seattle and the Seattle Center Foundation. Festál is also part of the ArtsFund network of cultural partners.

About Seattle Center

The Seattle Center celebrates 60 years with all things “New, Now and Next” as Seattle’s hub for arts, sports, community events and cultural festivals. Originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the vibrant 74-acre campus has transformed over the years to respond to, reflect and represent the region’s ever-expanding community. Downtown Seattle and its iconic International Fountain are often referred to as the “Heart of Seattle,” serving as a valuable community gathering place where local, regional, national and international visitors gather each day. Today, more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations reside on the grounds, along with a wide variety of public programs and thousands of events attracting over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of the Uptown Arts and Culture District and home to the Climate Pledge Arena, our goal is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. The Centre’s activities generate $1.864 billion in business activities and $631 million in labor income.

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