The Aki Matsuri Festival (or “Fall Festival”) now in its 14th year, is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of Japan and is presented yearly by the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (ENMA).
The Aki Matsuri festival will be on Bellevue College’s main campus this weekend
Saturday, September 10th (10:00am-6:00pm) and
Sunday September 11 (10:00am-4:30pm.)
Admission & parking are FREE!
The festival features several special events such as a leather artist, Kimono presentation, Mikoshi Gishiki (full scale Omikoshi from Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America) and Taiko drum presentations. Bonsai, Taiko, and Japanese garden presentations as well as puppet shows.
Be sure to catch the West Cascade Puppet Brigade’s ‘The Inch-High Samurai’ a tale of a tiny young man who sets off in the world to find his fortune. He proves to be braver and more clever than the largest and scariest of foes.
See ‘The Inch-High Samurai’ on
Saturday September 10th in the Carlson Theater at 12:30pm & 2:45pm
& Sunday September 11th in Room E129 at 1:45pm & 4:00pm.
Please note that the times and venues are not the same for each day.
ENMA (Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association) is a non-profit organization of volunteers who want to preserve and further the arts and crafts of Japan for the enjoyment of the greater Seattle community.
Help out Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center this weekend, by going to University Village and purchasing a “Cure Card” for $25 at Center Court. With the card, you will recieve a 20% discount at most of the merchants. Cards are good for the entire weekend! I will be there volunteering on Friday evening, 5:30-7:30, please come say howdy, and get your card from me! I’ll be in the hawaiian outfit with lots of flowers in my hair~! go here for more details!
This Sunday offers some fine one-day shopping opportunities for those on your lists with tastes toward the “alternative.” Club Motor (SoDo) hosts the gothy “Mourning Market” from noon to 6pm, and the Transcendent Church of Bass (Interbay) hosts the “Bizarre Bazaar” from 3pm to 7pm. Both are free to attend and feature a good selection of local alternative artists and craft people.
“It all began at Crypticon ’09… A group of us sinister crafters had crossed paths before but had not yet been contained in one room. So at the end of three days filled with horror and zombie filled goodness, we said goodbye until next time. But when will that be I wonder? Portland’s community had many events for us to sell our wares. But we all call Seattle our home, so why is it all business and no fun?! Miss Ginger called on the ladies to attend Dark Tea where we plotted and schemed… Mourning Market was born!”
“The Bizarre Bazaar is a community-supporting Alternative Market and Visionary Art Opening, featuring a variety of distinctive products created by local artists. We are turning the Transcendent Church of Bass into a market and filling it with art, crafts, clothing, and other epic loot. The Elixir bar will be open during the event, and downtempo DJ’s will add to the vibe. Please mark your calendars – it is free to attend, and everyone is welcome. It is a great opportunity for us to gather, connect, and support our artists by buying their creations so that they can continue to create art that is even more amazing.”
Trolloween is the Birthday celebration for Seattle’s famous Fremont Troll.
It is held on his Birthday October 31st at 7pm sharp.
The celebration starts with the Troll under the Aurora Bridge (Troll Ave & N 36th St), as he loves a good laugh and a great story. Then revelers will be off for the annual Haunt of Fremont (a procession of costumed dancers & performers (& you) taking over the streets of Fremont.)
This 20th anniversary of the birth of the Fremont Troll, you’ll be experiencing the tale of Dante’s Inferno. Many seasoned artists and performers will present their twisted and whacky version of this dark tale, known to us as:‘Just a little lover’s spat ~ honey’.
Rain or dry, revelers will sing, dance, marvel, and laugh their way through the dark underbelly of Dante and Fremont. This is an unsweetened and piquant family event with plenty of fun to scare the laughs out of any stoic kid or stogy adult.
Come dressed as your favorite dead celebrity and take part in our costume walk across the final stage, under the Fremont Bridge, for the appreciation of your community.
If you can lend a hand to help pull off this fabulous piece of street theater, meet by the Troll at 6:30pm & check in with the volunteer coordinator to get a job.
p.s. Find your place in hell by taking this quiz: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/dante-inferno-test.mv
See the latest Halloween trends for kids, adults, groups, and even pets. To kick this event into full Halloween mode, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will make a special appearance.
The Costume Fashion Show will have two acts. The first act is designed as family friendly and will include pet, kid and family costumes. The second act will showcase some more risque adult costumes. Between each act will be a 20 minute intermission to allow families the ability to leave at their discretion.
Costumes previewed in the Costume Fashion Show will be available for purchase after the show at a 25% discounted price.
A limited number of guests will have the exclusive opportunity to meet the one and only Elvira – Mistress of the Dark. VIP guests receive valet parking, front row fashion show seating and a backstage meet and great reception with Elvira. Complimentary food, beer and wine will be served and guest will receive 25% off their Halloween look. VIP tickets are $50 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com