Cultural Fest 2018 at UW

Posted by | January 05, 2018 | 1 Fun to Enjoy | No Comments

Want to travel the world in a day? This February you can — and without leaving Northeast Seattle.  This season’s “Fun to Enjoy” is CULTURAL FEST 2018 at the University of Washington’s main campus.

Cultural Fest is sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and organized by the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS).

CulturalFest is really two related events: (1) the free Expo and (2) the Performances.

(1) The International Expo at UW “features activities, arts and crafts, games, and hands-on learning opportunities for everyone. International students and volunteers share insights into their cultures and countries...Visitors have a unique chance to experience booths representing over 35 cultures through music, dance, food, conversation and interactive activities. CulturalFest booths are developed and staffed by student volunteers from all over the world, and free and open to the public. CulturalFest is the largest multicultural student event at the University of Washington and truly allows visitors to travel the world in a day!”  

(2) The Performance Showcase “brings the best University of Washington artists, musicians, singers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world together onto the Meany Theater stage to celebrate the diversity and talent of the international community in our region.”

(1) EXPO:

  • WHAT: International Expo booths, food, and activities
  • WHEN: Thurs, Feb 8 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • WHERE: University of Washington, Husky Union Building (the HUB) in the middle of the main Seattle campus.
  • PARKING? Yes.
  • FIELD TRIP FRIENDLY? Yes, teachers! To arrange, CLICK HERE.


  • WHAT: International dances and music on stage
  • WHEN: Sat, Feb 10 (pre-show at 5:30 and performances at 7 p.m.)
  • WHERE: University of Washington, Meany Hall, just off 15th Ave
  • PARKING? Yes. For directions, CLICK HERE.
  • KID-FRIENDLY EVENT? Yes (kindergartners and older)
  • COST? Yes, to buy tickets CLICK HERE (Kids under 10 Free, but need ticket.


  • Caspar Babypants Music:  For fun for the tiny music lovers in your family, CLICK HERE for a concert at the Neptune Theatre in the U District on April 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
  • We first learned about Cultural Fest online at Parent Map. Families can find other fun events this winter on the websites of Parent MapRed Tricycle, and Seattle’s Child.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Learn more about the U District. Stroll through Farmers Market Saturday mornings. Engage the many groups: University District Community Council, the U District Partnership (formerly the Chamber of Commerce), the alternative Small Businesses Directory (associated with Save the Ave and the U District Square campaigns), and the City / University Community Advisory Committee (CUCAC). Fill up at the diverse eateries such as Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, Persepolis, and Portage Bay Cafe. Adore stores such as The Trading Musician, Gargoyles Statuary, and Artist & Craftsman Supply as well as the Henry Museum and Burke Museum.

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