Welcome to the Bubble Tea capital of the Northwest

Come to the U District to celebrate National Bubble Tea Day on Saturday, April 27 from 12pm to 6pm! The U District is home to over 30 restaurants and cafes serving up bubble tea and is a destination for boba-lovers!

In honor of National Bubble Tea Day, The U District Partnership is bringing back the second annual Seattle Boba Fest in the U District. With dozens of shops in the neighborhood dedicated to this special milk tea drink, the U District is the heart of Seattle’s bubble tea scene.

U District cafes and restaurants are coming together to feature special and fan-favorite flavors; inviting all who want to learn more about the global phenomenon of bubble tea. Known for its endless flavor combinations and the toppings that make it so unique, bubble tea has propelled its own cultural following.

Traveling to the U District

However you make your way to the U District, you’re sure to have a great time when you arrive! The annual cherry blossom viewing attracts tens of thousands of visitors daily, with increased visitors on the popular peak bloom weekends. As always, we recommend you consider public transportation to help reduce traffic and maximize your time enjoying the neighborhood and the bloom.

Plan your bus trip!
Wondering which bus to take? Use the handy King County Metro’s Trip Planner or Google Maps.

Travel by Link Light Rail
With the U District Link Light Rail Station centrally located in the neighborhood, getting to the U District has never been easier. Hop a light rail train and exit into the heart of the neighborhood on Brooklyn Ave NE and NE 43rd!

Take the Burke Gilman Trail
Get in a few extra steps and take the Burke Gilman Trail! The Burke-Gilman Trail is a popular recreational trail for walkers, runners, cyclists, skaters and commuters. Take the road exit at University Way NE and travel north to NE 41st for the south entrance to Street Fair! Beside the Burke Gilman, here are a few resources to help plan your trip, Google Map Biking DirectionsSDOT’s Online Biking Guide Map, or download the Seattle Biking Map.

Traveling by Car
Plan ahead for some congestion on the high-traffic peak bloom dates! The U District is regularly accessible by car with easy access to I-5. We highly recommend that individual drivers visit the University of Washington’s dedicated cherry blossom page for details on parking, accessibility, and street closures.

Sponsorship Inquiries

Contact Don Blakeney at [email protected] for more information on partnering as a sponsor for the 2024 Seattle Boba Fest.

Media Contact

For all media inquiries, please contact Lauren Carey at [email protected].

Meet the Designer: Matt Naylor

Matt Naylor is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Seattle, WA. Inspired to create from the jump, his earliest influences of classic Disney animated films spurred a passion for drawing that never stopped. Since then that passion has turned into a career doing what he loves working with a wide variety of clients. Some of the brands he’s been fortunate to create work for include the Seattle Seahawks, Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon, Ravensburger, and Simply Seattle. Locally, he’s most known for his work on Dunn Lumber’s rebrand in 2014 including updated mascot designs, murals, packaging, signage, and store exteriors. His work has been awarded 12 Addy Awards including regional “Best of Show” in 2019.