Top 5 things to do in Seattle this February

Didn’t we just ring in the the new year? January flew right by, but no worries: February brings Lunar New Year and another chance to celebrate!

It’s also Black History Month, with tons of special events including art and great films. Speaking of film, check out the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, and a whole smorgasbord of other global adventures to choose from, right in your own rainy backyard.

And if the presidential primaries have you thinking politics, you can even meet your own Councilmember or Congressman

1. Black History Month

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Spectrum Dance Theater has dedicated their whole season to the topic, so don’t miss RACEish!

I hear it’s Museum Month, but you should be going to a museum to learn about Black History! (Or at least to see Black Artists). Check out NAAM, HistoryLink’s excellent essays on local black history, or any of our many listings!

More Black History Month events all month long! »

2. Lunar New Year

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Showcasing the year of the monkey, Lunar New Year brings a whole variety of celebrations. Tết in Seattle holds it’s 20th annual Vietnamese New Year Celebration, with unique food (try the blood sausage if you dare!), dance and martial arts. There are two weeks of Lunar events, from the ID to the Pass: take your pick!

More Lunar New Year events, Feb 6-14 »

3. Seattle Asian American Film Festival

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Packed into three full days, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival has sports, shorts, and Cambodian rock ‘n’ roll — you name it. There are a number of free events, and some great panel discussions, so get to the Northwest Film Forum to check it out!

More about Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Feb 19-21 »

4. FIUTS CulturalFest

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The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) presents their annual CulturalFest international expo and performance showcases. Meet the growing numbers of international students that are making their mark on our city.

More about FIUTS CulturalFest, Feb 12 & 20 »

5. Feminist Punk and The Police State: A Conversation with Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot

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A film screening of the documentary “Pussy vs. Putin,” followed by Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina in discussion with local Russian expert Mariana Markova. Globalist readers can win tickets: check it out! 

More about Pussy Riot and Maria Alyokhina, Feb 8 at 7:30pm »

Bonus: Buzzer Gentrification Discussions

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Buzzer is a play with race and gentrification as central themes. In what we hope is becoming standard practice, the team behind Buzzer is taking this opportunity to not just show but talk about race and gentrification. (Even without a theater background, we’re pretty sure that makes sense.) More discussion, please!

More about Buzzer Gentrification Discussions, Feb 10 & 17 »

You’ll find even more things to do in Seattle this month on The Seattle Globalist events calendar! Have an event to share? Are we missing something dazzling near you? It’s easy to submit your own Globalist event online. We’ll see you around town, as we share the best of the world, right here at home.

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  1. “Vietnamese New Year Celebration, with unique food (try the blood sausage if you dare!)” – This language reeks of the racist trope of “the exotic”.

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