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September Welcome Back Weeks

Working together, this summer we convened July Welcome Back Weeks with the goal of bringing workers, small businesses, and visitors back to downtown Seattle. The effort was a success - we estimate that 15,000 people attended Welcome Back Weeks programming. 

We're looking to keep up the momentum this September 4 - 19 with Welcome Back Weeks that feature our resilient creative workers and arts and cultural organizations.

COVID-19 Protocols: All three of the City's Welcome Back Seattle events require masking throughout and proof of vaccination for entry.  

Seattle is partnering with Intentionalist, Belltown United, and the South Lake Union Chamber to support downtown small businesses with a series of promotions as part of Welcome Back Weeks. These efforts will involve 283 downtown businesses, approximately 95 percent of which are owned by women, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+ people.

Promotions include coupons, gift cards, and social media contests. Learn more here.

Borealis, A Festival of Light at the Paramount Theatre 

September 10, we're partnering with Borealis, A Festival of Light to host a free, immersive light and sound experience at the Paramount Theatre. Borealis will put on four 35-minute presentations throughout the evening, with 30-minute intervals between each show to allow for cleaning and movement in and out of the theatre. Recent Borealis productions including a virtual show on the Space Needle on New Year's Eve and a Borealis, A Festival of Light Video Mapping Competition at MOHAI. 

Showtimes:  

  • 4 p.m.: (Youth-focused show)  
  • 5:30 p.m. 
  • 7 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

When: Friday, September 10, 4 - 10 p.m. 

Where: Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101  

Get your FREE ticket today!

Celebrate Black Lives Matter

September 18, we're partnering with Legendary Children and local Black-owned small businesses and creative workers to host a Celebrate Black Lives Matter festival at City Hall Plaza. This festival will be a presentation of art, music, and performances by queer and transgender artists.  

When: Saturday, September 18, 4 - 7 p.m. (RSVP

Where: City Hall Plaza, 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104  Welcome Back Seattle Finale Concert 

Welcome Back Seattle Finale Concert 

September 19, we're hosting a Welcome Back Seattle finale concert at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center! The Vera Project will provide free screen-printing of an exclusive Welcome Back Seattle design. Local Seattle hip-hop, soul, and R'n'B artists will perform until sunset., with Adra Boo hosting!  

Concert lineup:  

  • 2 - 4 p.m.: Screen-printing with The Vera Project 
  • 4 - 4:30 p.m.: Essam
  • 5 - 5:45 p.m.: Fly Moon Royalty 
  • 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.: Sango

When: Sunday, September 19, 2 - 7:30 p.m. (RSVP

Where: Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109 

People out and about at Pioneer Square welcome back event

Photo by Jenny Crooks, Courtesy of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Concert at Westlake Park as part of welcome back week events
Photo by Sunny Martini, courtesy of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture