A large number of events and celebrations are planned this weekend and Monday in the Seattle area to commemorate the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The official holiday observed in his honor is Monday.
KEXP MLK Unity Celebration
SUN DJs Riz, Masa and Kid Hops, ages 21 and older only, 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $10 (kexp.org).
State Parks Free Days
SUN-MON Free admission, no Discover Pass required, at all Washington state parks, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Sunday-Monday (parks.wa.gov).
National Parks/U.S. Forest Service Free Entrance Day
MON National Park Service free admission for Mount Rainier National Park and all national parks (nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm); fees waived at U.S. Forest Service day-use recreation sites, including picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads (not SnoParks) (fs.usda.gov/r6).
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Workshops, Rally & March
MON Celebration of the goals of Martin Luther King Jr. to work nonviolently for racial equality, economic justice and peace. Workshops including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:50 a.m.; rally with speakers, poetry, music, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; march to Federal Building, downtown Seattle, 12:30 p.m.; outside rally at Federal Building, approximately 1:45 p.m.; free (206-786-2763 or MLKSeattle.org).
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring, Green Seattle
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MON Habitat restoration and planting projects for all ages, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at several locations including Alki Beach, West Duwamish, Cheasty Greenspace, Mount Baker Park, Seattle; preregistration required (seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/).
MLK Day Open House
MON Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with films and media including Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; admission by donation (206-518-6000 or naamnw.org).
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Seattle Children’s Museum
MON Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with activities to learn about diversity and equality, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org/mlk).
Martin Luther King Jr.: From Darkness to Light
MON Presentation on the last year of King’s life, 7:30 p.m., East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-523-3726 or eastwestbookshop.com).
MLK Celebration and Health Fair
MON Health Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; celebration, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-1111 or crossroadsbellevue.com).