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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center


July 2019

July 28   SGSCA Picnic at the Lincoln Park
July 13   Polish Festival at the Seattle Center / Armory & Mural Amphitheatre
  Movies About Seattle Polish Community at the Polish Festival
  Yaazda! in Concert at the Crocodile in Seattle
July 6   Monthly Swing Dance at the Polish Cultural Center
July   Polish Cultural Center Open in July

July 28, noon - 4 pm: SGSCA Picnic at the Lincoln Park

Everyone is invited - individuals and families, members and guests - to celebrate the summer at the yearly picnic of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn. Come to enjoy the views of the Olympic Mtns and take a stroll on the beach, also to learn about upcoming SGSCA activities, to chat with the exchange students and socialize with other Polish-Americans while munching on roasted kielbasa and other delights and enjoying a day in a park.


Where: at the Lincoln Park in Seattle, shelter #3; admission free, food and drink will be provided but please bring a side dish of your favorite picnic food to share

More: SGSCA, or contact Zbig Konofalski

July 13, noon - 8 pm: Polish Festival at the Seattle Center / Armory & Mural Amphitheatre

The 8th annual Polish Festival Seattle is part of the big ethnic festival series at the Seattle Center, known as Festal. The venue is again the Armory and the Mural Amphitheatre. The Festival focus this year is on Polish-American cooperation and achievements. Attractions include: a Chopin piano concert, a jazz concert, live performances by folk groups, including Tekla Klebetnica from Ustroń, Poland and Karpaty from Salt Lake City, music bands, including Yaazda! from Portland, movies about Polish community of Seattle, exhibits, cooking demos and workshops, children’s activities and more. Vodka tasting for 21+! Vendor booths offer Polish glass art, hand-crafted pottery, crystals, jewelry, and paper cut-cut art. Also available: plenty of great Polish food and a beer garden.


The Festival needs a lot of volunteers so if you want to help please sign up here. A free festival T-shirt and food tickets for 3+ hours of volunteering!


Where: Armory & Mural Amphitheatre at the Seattle Center in Seattle; admission & entertainment free

More: Polish Festival on facebook; please contact Alisa Lahti

July 13, 2 pm & 4 pm: Movies About Seattle Polish Community at the Polish Festival

Polish Home

in 1920

If you missed it, this is your chance to see the documentaries about our local Polish community, all produced in the last year.

    2:00 pm  Passing the Torch: 100 Years of the Polish Home Association35',

                        dir. by Michal Pietrzyk & Ryszard Kott.

    4:00 pm  Bronka, Lady of the Mountain / Kobieta Skała, 18', dir. by Monika Meleń

                  A Piece of Poland in Seattle / Kawałek Polski w Seattle25', dir. by Monika Meleń,


Having different perspective, these three movies together create a vivid portrait of the local Polish community with its rich history and active cultural programs as it celebrated its centennial in 2018.

Where: at the Polish Festival at the Seattle Center, Armory lofts upstairs; in English or w/ subtitles

More:  Passing the Torch movie trailer, about the three movies

July 13, 9:30 pm: Yaazda! in Concert at the Crocodile in Seattle

The very popular Polish-American band Yaazda! from Portland will have a gig at the famous Crocodile venue continuing the dance party vibes from the Polish Festival with a mix of Polish pop and rock hits, and traditional Polish, Balkan, Ukrainian and Klezmer tunes. If this is too late for you, be sure to attend their free concert from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Polish Festival. Either way, this will be a fun party!


Where: @ the Back Bar at the Crocodile in Seattle

More: about the Yaazda! Band

July 6, 8 pm - 12 pm: Monthly Swing Dance at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Cultural Center presents a new monthly event, Swing It Saturdays. Come swing dance to live music! Schedule: 7:30-8:15 Pre-dance beginner lesson, 8:15-11:30 Live music with TBD.  Event includes special swing performances from the Swing It Seattle community.  No partner or experience needed - come join the fun! The bar will be open upstairs for the event.


Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; tickets $15 regular, $10 PHA members, must be 21+

More: Swing It Seattle website

July: The Polish Cultural Center Open in July

The Polish Cultural Center will be open in July, with the bar and the restaurant opened as usual on Fridays, except the Friday July 12. It will be closed for the yearly summer break in August and will open for business as usual after the Labor Day.


More: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle


© 2019  Ryszard Kott

Photo "Fountain" courtesy Hanna Gil, Photo "Seattle" courtesy Ryszard Kwieciński