World Rhythm Festival, April 8-10; Vegfest, April 9-10; Whirligig, through April 17, all at Seattle Center
Feel the rhythm and eat tasty veggies at the World Rhythm Festival, running Friday through Sunday, April 8 to 10, and the Vegfest 2016 Healthy Vegetarian Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, both at Seattle Center.
World Rhythm Festival kicks off Friday with drumming-group performances, drum circles and evening opening-celebration performances. Participation is encouraged; bring any drum you like to play and that’s easy to carry to any class or event all weekend. A limited number of djembes and tubanos are available to rent for $5 a day, and a variety of drums are available for sale at the International Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday in Fisher Pavilion. There’s even a drum check so you don’t have to carry your drum when you’re not using it.
Everyone can learn and join in dancing and drumming from world cultures at World Rhythm Festival workshops all day Saturday and Sunday in the Armory and Fisher Pavilion and at performances at the Armory Main Stage and the Mural Amphitheatre. Performances and workshops feature music, musicians and dancers of African, European, South and Central American, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Asian and U.S. cultures.
Festival events include plenty of familiar percussion instruments and unusual ones such as didgeridoos from Australia, dumbeks from the Middle East and percussion instruments that are struck, shaken, or scraped to create rhythm around the world.
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All World Rhythm Festival events are free and open to all ages, hosted by Seattle World Percussion Society.
Vegetarians of Washington hosts Vegfest at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is welcome, vegetarian, vegan or not, to learn about healthful, tasty eating and cooking. Hundreds of food samples from world cuisines including Mediterranean, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern and Mexican are available, and an array of American food is always a Vegfest crowd pleaser. There are chef demonstrations, health information and a huge selection of food products and cookbooks to help you create your own healthful dishes at home.
Vegfest is kid-friendly, with free admission for ages 12 and younger, clowns, story times and a food-sampling area for kids. Admission for adults is $9 at the door.
For more activities for kids, Whirligig inflatable rides are also at Seattle Center in the Armory this weekend, and daily through April 17.
See Seattle Center’s website for parking options and traffic updates. The Monorail is a good option for transportation to and from Seattle Center, with easy access from Link light rail, including the new stations in the University District and Capitol Hill. Simply ride light rail to Westlake Station and take the elevator or escalator to the top floor of Westlake Center to the Monorail Station for a quick ride to Seattle Center.