What’s Hot: Dragon Festival

Photo by Joe Dyer.

If you happen to be strolling around Chinatown this weekend, it may seem even more bustling than usual — that’s because the 2012 Dragon Fest will be in full swing. Located in the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, this spellbinding festival attracts more than 25,000 Seattleites in its two-day period.

The Dragon Festival is the Pacific Northwest’s largest annual Asian-American celebration, featuring more than 30 performances, such as Chinese lion and dragon dances and captivating martial arts demonstrations by experts from the Wudang Internal Martial Arts Academy and the Seattle Wushu Center, among others. Traditional Japanese drumming by One World Taiko will end the festival with a bang.

Photo by Joe Dyer.

However, if the enchanting performances aren’t enough to make you stay, walking tours of Chinatown’s historic streets and a large-scale outdoor Asian market will keep you entertained for hours.

This year will also include a treat for food lovers. In addition to the large selection of food trucks, the second annual Dragon Fest Food Walk — which will highlight 30 of Chinatown’s 85 delicious restaurants — will offer a mouthwatering tasting menu for only $2. As a new addition, the $2 Double Happiness Hour will be introduced for the first time. This exciting bar-crawl will take you on an intoxicating tour of Chinatown’s bar scene, such as “The Dynasty Room” at Four Seas and “The Dragon Room” at Sun Ya.

Don’t hesitate to come check out this international Seafair Festival. It’s dizzying mix of traditional performances, variety of foods and innovative bar tour is something no Seattleite should miss out on.

Where: Hing Hay Park at King Street and Maynard Avenue South

When: Saturday, July 14, Noon – 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 15, Noon – 6 p.m.

How much: Free admission