City Arts in the Community

Upstream Music Fest + Summit

May 4—14

Various Locations

A diverse group of 300+ emerging artists from Pacific Northwest will be performing at Upstream Music Fest + Summit May 11-13.  Check out the website for more info and passes. >>


Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival

May 4—14

Various Locations

In its 12th year, Translations expands to become the largest transgender film festival in the world, with more than 70 films, music performances, and parties. Opening night’s Free CeCe is a powerful documentary told by CeCe McDonald and Laverne Cox, chronicling CeCe’s incarceration in a men’s prison and her role as an icon of the movement. >>


Color & Pattern

April 15 – July 23

Pivot Art And Culture

The Color & Pattern exhibition explores how artists use color and pattern to capture the essence of the world around them and will feature paintings, drawings, sculpture, and ceramics. >>


Spark: Orchestra Club Night

May 20

Fred Wildlife Refuge

Techno and other genres mix with classical music in the first event of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra's SPARK Series. Suttikeeree joins the orchestra for live DJ sets, a featured orchestra performance, classical/electro improv, and more. Two bars and two floors of dancing will make for a unique night of music - the first of its kind in the Northwest. >>


Whim W’him Present Approaching Ecstasy

June 2-10

Cornish Playhouse At Seattle Center

Don’t miss the return of this critically acclaimed production, inspired by the poems of Constantine Cavafy, a closeted gay man in Egypt at the end of the 19th century. When it premiered in 2012, City Arts found the combination of poetry, dance and music “a bold and successful choice.” >>

Northwest Folklife Festival

May 26-29

Seattle Center

The Northwest Folklife Festival is the place to learn, dance, play, try something new and discover arts and cultures. From yodeling to beatboxing, square dancing to Bollywood, the Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the global traditions of local, independent artists. >>