Even though COVID-19 still has its grasp on Seattle, folks are looking forward to a more open and bright future. Part of that open future has been Mayor Jenny Durkan’s “Welcome Back Weeks”, which aims to promote local arts, culture, and small businesses. Cool right? Even better, the second round of Welcome Back Weeks arrives this weekend.

The second round of free events and unique offerings is taking place from September 4th to 19th at participating venues and businesses in Seattle’s core neighborhoods. Some of the main attractions include free live music, welcome back booths and a rollerskating rink at Westlake Park.

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When it comes to events, this Welcome Back Week has a free immersive light and sound experience happening at the historic Paramount Theatre. It’s called Borealis, A Festival of Light, and was designed specifically for the Paramount. Throughout the evening of September 10th, guests can enjoy four 35-minute presentations. Psst, the people behind this did the Space Needle’s virtual New Year’s Eve show.

That’s not all for events though. Guests can also enjoy the Beers & Bites happy hour at Occidental Square from September 16th to 18th and a Celebrate Black Lives Matter festival at City Hall Plaza on September 18th. This festival will showcase performances curated by queer artist collective Legendary Children and also local Black-owned culinary artists and retailers.

There’s a lot to see and experience at these events and we highly recommend attending them. Now keep in mind that masks and a full vaccination are required for all events so be sure to come prepared with masks and your vaccination card to avoid disappointment. With that, enjoy, and if you’d like to learn more you can click below.

Welcome Back Weeks

When: September 4th-19th
Where: Participating venues, businesses and neighborhoods in Seattle
Cost: Free