Looking for something to do? We’ve got you!

Opens Jan
4

Now Open: Secret Fort in Wallingford

Joining Yoroshiku and Indigo Cow 😋

Tết: Vietnamese Lunar New Year @ Seattle Center

Celebrating the year of the cat 🐈

A crowd of people gather in Seattle Center for Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Lion puppets are raised above
Jan
14-15
Too Late — You Missed It!

Saturday, January 14th – Sunday, January 15th

The drums banging, the crowds pouring, the music louder than ever. Each vendor makes you hold your step a little longer as you stumble your way through the busy path. People dance to the shock of drums. BANG. It’s grand, extravagant, and colorful. BANG. Maybe a little scary, intimidating, or awe-inspiring. BANG. What you’re watching is the lion dance, a traditional dance performed to ward off evil spirits and to shepherd in good luck for the new year. Welcome to The Year of The Cat. 

Tết, short for Tết Nguyên Đán, which translates to “Festival of the First Day of the Year,” is a Vietnamese holiday that celebrates just that. It’s one of the most important holidays, as it not only welcomes the arrival of a much-needed spring but serves as hope for this year to be the best it could be. It’s based around the Lunar Calendar, which the Vietnamese Zodiac uses to classify each year as a different animal, repeating in a 12-year cycle, with this year being the cat. 

Here at Seattle’s Fisher Pavilion, walk around and douse yourself in the rich-aromatic smell from Vinason Pho, a popular local and sustainable Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Seattle. Enjoy arts and crafts from merchandise vendors such as Lucky Star Fruit Co or Misha Charms, and live performances from celebrated Vietnamese artists Ánh Minh and Ha Thanh Xuân. Admission is free both days, and the whole event is family-friendly.

📸: Courtesy Tết In Seattle

🎥 Related Videos

YouTube video
YouTube video

Nathan is a recent UW graduate and a connoisseur of instant Vietnamese coffee—the same brand for six years. ("G7 3-in-1" to be exact!!!) He is currently a volunteer book reviewer for The International Examiner and a dog dad to Willow, the world's most animated terrier.

🎟️ Top Picks

Loading...

🎟️ No more boring weekends 🎟️

Welcome to The Ticket,
your new guide to Seattle!

Poke around. You’ll see we’re full of neighborhood guides, planners, top picks, and getaways.

🥳 Are you throwing an event you know the city will love? Tell us about it.

📧 We’re just getting started, but if you notice any event details looking wonky, send us a note at theticket@seattletimes.com.