U District Events

The U District is home to incredible events throughout the year in addition to exciting performing arts and entertainment venues that celebrate the prestigious arts and culture scene that Seattle is most known for.

Community Events

The neighborhood is proud to host major public events that celebrate the U District neighborhood; its history, character, and the people behind the businesses that make this neighborhood a welcoming destination for all!

Cherry Blossom Festival

Dates TBD (mid-March to early-April, 2024)

Over 70 local U Districts will be serving up unique cherry-inspired bites, drinks and specials to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival. This promotion coincides with the University of Washington’s world-renowned cherry blossom bloom in late March on the UW Quad, a tradition that brings people from all over the region.

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Seattle Boba Fest

Saturday, April 27, 2024

The U District is Seattle’s destination for Boba, or Bubble Tea! This April, Seattle Boba Fest will return to the U District with over 25 bubble tea restaurants who will be ready to delight your taste buds or simply teach you ‘how to Boba.’

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U District Street Fair

Saturday May 18 – Sunday, May 19, 2024

Now celebrating its 52nd year, the U District Street Fair is the longest running festival of its kind in the nation. Each May, this tradition kicks off the festival season by closing down the Ave to bring makers, artists, food vendors, bands and to highlight the unique small businesses of the U District.

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U District Food Walk

Saturday, September 30, 2023

The U District celebrates the end of summer with a neighborhood-wide food walk and street party celebration. Find affordable small bites at nearly 60 participating businesses to give you a true taste of the U District as you enjoy ice cream, noodle, bubble tea, fried chicken, sliders, pretzels, and more! Dance along to live music and entertainment with an outdoor stage on the Ave!

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Event & Performance Venues

Neptune Theatre


Neptune Theatre is a historic venue in Seattle’s University District, offers a captivating setting for events with its grand architecture and rich theatrical heritage, making it an ideal choice for performances, conferences, and cultural gatherings.

Jet City Improv


Jet City Improv, located in the heart of Seattle, is the go-to destination for hilarious and interactive entertainment, providing a dynamic space for improv shows and team-building events that promise laughter and a unique, engaging experience.

Meany Hall


Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington stands as a distinguished event space, hosting a diverse range of performances from classical concerts to avant-garde productions, offering an elegant and acoustically refined setting for cultural events and artistic performances.

University Book Store


More than just a bookstore, the University Book Store serves as a versatile venue for literary events, book signings, and author talks, providing an intimate and intellectual atmosphere for gatherings centered around the written word.

Burke Museum


With its fascinating exhibits and modern event spaces, The Burke Museum is an ideal choice for those seeking a distinctive venue that combines education and entertainment, making it perfect for receptions, fundraisers, and events that inspire curiosity.

U District Art Walk


On the third Friday of every month, make your way through the U District for an evening art walk to view work by local artists around the neighborhood

Henry Art Gallery


The Henry Art Gallery offers a contemporary and visually stimulating setting for events, making it a premier choice for art exhibitions, gallery openings, and avant-garde performances in Seattle’s vibrant arts community.

UHeights Center


UHeights Center, nestled in the U District, is a community hub that provides versatile spaces for events, performances, and workshops, fostering creativity and connection within a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Laughs Comedy Club


At the heart of Seattle’s comedy scene, Laughs Comedy Club is the ultimate destination for established and up-and-coming comedians. Offering a lively venue for stand-up comedy shows and events that guarantee a night of hilarity and good times.

UW Drama


UW Drama, situated within the University of Washington, is a dynamic and versatile venue that cultivates creativity and innovation in the performing arts. With state-of-the-art facilities and a commitment to theatrical excellence, UW Drama is the perfect space for immersive performances, experimental plays, and engaging events that push the boundaries of the theatrical experience.