5 Things to Do for MLK Day 2024 Around Seattle

Volunteer, rally, and march ✊🏿

A promotional image for the 24th Annual MLK Unity Party featuring an image of MLK.

📸: KEXP’s 2024 MLK Unity Party

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped pave the way toward a new future. One without segregation. One where discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin is prohibited. One where King’s dream, which he so famously shared in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is closer to reality

King’s impact is celebrated yearly in King County and Seattle during MLK Day events and rallies. We’ve rounded up five events happening in January 2024 below. Know about more that could use a shoutout? Add them to our calendar.

24th Annual MLK Unity Party @ Clock-Out Lounge

Sunday, January 14th

Join local legendary radio station KEXP at Beacon Hill’s Clock-Out Lounge for its annual MLK Unity Party. DJs like Supreme La Rock and Riz will play a live broadcast from the venue, inviting the city (and world) to celebrate MLK’s mission and the musicians he continues to impact.


📅 Sunday, January 14th
⏰ 6 pm til late
🎟 $12 advance | $15 door
📍 Clock-Out Lounge: 4864 Beacon Ave S, Seattle

2024 MLK Day of Service @ Multiple Locations

Monday, January 15th

Check United Way of King County’s database of volunteer opportunities around King County for MLK Day 2024. From needing hands for Valentine card making for elders to organizing MLK march and rally peacekeepers, United Way’s list has opportunities to help you make the most of the holiday.

📅 Monday, January 15th
📍 Locations around King County

💻 Click here for opportunities

King Day 2024 @ Northwest African American Museum

Monday, January 15th

Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) celebrates with its annual King Day, featuring movies, music, and motivational speakers. This year, the museum will debut a new exhibit and other activities.

📅 Monday, January 15th
⏰ 10 am – 5 pm
🎟 Free
📍 Northwest African American Museum: 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle

MLK Jr’s Dream Unfinished @ Garfield High School

Monday, January 15th

An epic day of educating, organizing, and rallying at Garfield High School, the Seattle MLK Jr. Coalition will present activities at and around the Central Seattle high school all day. An opportunity fair starts the day at 8:30 am before workshops, a rally, and a march that kicks off at the Garfield High School Gym at 12:30 pm.

📅 Monday, January 15th
⏰ 8:30 am – 6:30 pm | Schedule here
🎟 Free
📍 Garfield High School: 400 23rd Ave, Seattle

A Tribute to Billie Holiday @ The Royal Room

Monday, January 15th

South Hudson Music Project will feature vocalist Johnaye Kendrick in this tribute night to the legendary Billie Holiday on MLK Day 2024. Kendrick, a professor of music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, will be joined by Geoff Harper (bass), D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Al Keith (trumpet), Wayne Horvitz (piano), Haley Freedlund (trombone), and Jonathan Doyle (sax/clarinet).

📅 Monday, January 15th
⏰ Doors 6:30 | Music 7:30
🎟 Admission by donation to the South Hudson Music Project
📍 The Royal Room: 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

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