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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. 


  • 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

Update Due to issues relating to inclement weather and ongoing health and safety concerns, this event has been canceled. This decision was made in coordination with the program partners to protect the health and safety of all involved

A permanent Black Lives Matter piece has been installed along 4th Ave in front of City Hall and we encourage everyone to visit at a future date.

Welcome Back Seattle Finale Concert 

Update Due to likely rainfall, the Welcome Back Seattle Finale Concert is moving indoors to Fisher Pavilion. To support social distancing, Fisher Pavilion will not operate at full capacity, and masks and proof of full vaccination is required.

September 19, we're hosting a Welcome Back Seattle finale concert at the Fisher Pavilion 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: Fisher Pavilion 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