On August 24, hundreds of festival goers will take to the streets of Little Saigon in the Chinatown-International District for the 4th Annual Celebrate Little Saigon event. Local restaurants and retail shops in Little Saigon (1200 South Jackson Street) will bring their businesses outside their doors so attendees can stroll through the neighborhood and soak in Vietnamese culture without leaving Seattle. The event, which runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. is free to the public for all ages.
“We’re so excited to be partnering with Tet in Seattle to bring a bigger and better Celebrate Little Saigon event,” states Theresa Reyna, Vice President of Friends of Little Saigon and Chief Language Officer for Interpret This, Inc. “The neighborhood is growing and this is a great way for people both young and old, local or not to experience Vietnamese culture and try all the delicious foods Little Saigon has to offer without leaving the country!”
Local non-profits, Friends of Little Saigon (FLS) and Tet in Seattle (TIS) are partnering for the first time to organize Celebrate Little Saigon as a way for the local Vietnamese and Seattle-area community to connect in a fun, community building way that celebrates Vietnamese culture and heritage. Event organizers include students from University of Washington and Seattle University, local business owners, and others interested in supporting Little Saigon as a vibrant business district and a “cultural home base” for the region’s Vietnamese community since Vietnamese-owned businesses started putting down roots in the neighborhood more than 40 years ago.
What: 4th Annual Celebrate Little Saigon
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Time: 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: 1200 South Jackson Street
About Friends of Little Saigon
A nonprofit community organization consisting of Little Saigon business owners and community stakeholder, Friends of Little Saigon aims to preserve and enhance Little Saigon’s cultural, economic and historic vitality. www.friendsoflittlesaigon.org