South Jackson street between 12th and 14th Avenues—the beginnings of Little Saigon in 1980s on Jackson Street. • File Photo
South Jackson street between 12th and 14th Avenues—the beginnings of Little Saigon in 1980s on Jackson Street. • File Photo

On Sunday, August 24, hundreds of festival goers are expected to take to the streets of Little Saigon in the Chinatown-International District for the 4th Annual Celebrate Little Saigon event. Local restaurants and retail shops in Little Saigon (1200 South Jackson St.) will bring their businesses outside their doors so attendees can stroll through the neighborhood and soak in Vietnamese culture without leaving Seattle.

This year’s event will showcase a Vietnamese carnival theme with family friendly activities, performances from traditional Vietnamese music, and breakdancing by the Massive Monkees. Foodies can take their taste buds on a trip around Little Saigon and can try everything from Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, spring rolls, and more as local restaurants such as Tamarind Tree and other local businesses bring their specialty menu items outside of their store fronts. For the extreme eaters, a Pho noodle eating contest will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Main Stage.

“We’re so excited to be partnering with Tet in Seattle to bring a bigger and better Celebrate Little Saigon event,” said Theresa Reyna in a statement. Reyna is vice president of Friends of Little Saigon and Chief Language Officer for Interpret This, Inc. “The neighborhood is growing and this is a great way for people both young and old, local or not to experience Vietnamese culture and try all the delicious foods Little Saigon has to offer without leaving the country.”

Local non-profits, Friends of Little Saigon and Tet in Seattle are partnering for the first time to organize Celebrate Little Saigon as a way for the local Vietnamese and Seattle-area community to connect in a fun, community building way that celebrates Vietnamese culture and heritage. Event organizers include students from the University of Washington and Seattle University, local business owners, and others interested in supporting Little Saigon as a vibrant business district and a “cultural home base” for the region’s Vietnamese community since Vietnamese-owned businesses started putting down roots in the neighborhood more than 40 years ago.

4th Annual Celebrate Little Saigon
Sunday, August 24, 2014
11:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1200 South Jackson Street

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