Springtime is the start of a steady lineup of fairs in Seattle and one of the biggest of these is the U District Street Fair. On Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 over 60 vendors and food trucks will be spread across 10 blocks in the University District. Saturday’s hours run from 11am to 7pm and Sunday’s are from 11am to 6pm.
You can expect to find some of your favorite Seattle food trucks, free live music and entertainment, as well as many local businesses selling art, clothing, and more. Best of all, it’s now easier than ever to get there. You can take the link light rail which will drop you off in the middle of the fair at NE 43rd Street.
The U District Street Fair has a rich, extensive history dating back to 1970. After a pandemic-related hiatus, the street fair is now celebrating its 51st year. It is the longest running festival of its kind in the country.
The U District Street Fair was started back in the ’70s by Japanese American merchant and peace activist Andy Shiga. He hoped the fair would bring the community together and encourage Seattleites to interact with local businesses, artists, and craftspeople. It was immensely popular from the start and continues Shiga’s mission of unity to this day.
Make sure to bring your appetite! The food at the U District Street fair is not to be missed. Over 40 food trucks and booths will be located in three different food courts. You’ll also find a series of beer gardens and street-side dining patios.
Some of the popular Seattle eateries that will be at the fair include Blackstar Kebabs, Lajitana Greek Cuisine, The Cheese Pit Food Truck, Moe’s Falafel, Paella House, Dirty Dog Hot Dogs, Frelard Tamales, and Off the Rez Food Truck—just to name a few!
If you have a sweet tooth, bring that too! You can enjoy safe-to-eat cookie dough from Sugar + Spoon or plant-based ice cream from Simple Swirl. And, of course, there will also be fair mainstays like cotton candy and classic soft serve ice cream.
While you’re there, you can enjoy refreshments from one of the many beer gardens or beverage vendors. Glow Tea will be serving their Instagram-worthy boba tea served in light bulbs and Mustache Milk Tea will have many delicious flavors of milk tea.
Expect to leave plenty of time for shopping while you’re at the fair. Local artisans and small businesses will be selling everything from clothing and jewelry to home goods and art. You can also partake in face painting or get a henna tattoo!
There will also be plenty of free live entertainment on both days. Taiko drumming and a renegade brass band are two options on Saturday and on Sunday there will be jazz music and Bollywood dancing, just to name a few. The University District is going to come alive with the sound of music.
Ready for a fun-packed weekend? You can find out more details about the U District Street Fair here.