Seattle Arab Festival 2023 Guide

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Seattle’s Arab Festival is coming to the Armory Food & Festival Hall and Mural Amphitheatre on August 12 and 13, 2023. Seattle Center Festal is presenting the festival with the Seattle Arab Festival (SAF).

The mission of Seattle Arts Festival is to showcase the diversity, talent and accomplishments of Arabs and Arab Americans. It is also hoped it will strengthen ties between Arab Americans and their communities.

There are 22 countries in the Arab world. In addition to the Middle East, these countries are in Western Asia, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. An Arab country is one that has Arabic as an official language. Some Arab countries include other official languages, including Somali, French, Kurdish and Berber.

The Arab countries include

  • Morocco
  • Jordan
  • Comoros
  • Egypt
  • Lebanon
  • Mauritania
  • Oman
  • Somalia
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen
  • Algeria
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Palestine
  • Sudan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Djibouti
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Bahrain

Festival Hours

  • Saturday, August 12 – 11 am to 9 pm
  • Sunday, August 13 – 11 am to 7 pm

The Seattle Arab Festival is free and it is open to the public.

Food, Items & More

The Seattle Arab Festival will highlight the sounds, sights and tastes of the 22 Arab countries. It will feature traditional Arab foods, drinks and desserts. Arabic food trucks will be there offering delectable food items, like

  • Falafel
  • Hummus
  • Baba Ghanoush
  • Couscous
  • Kibbeh
  • Tagine
  • Chorba
  • Tabbouleh
  • Kebabs
  • Rice
  • Shawarma
  • Shakshuka
  • Baklava
  • Dates
  • Machboos

and many more. Try something you know you like and then try something new. Be adventurous!

Attendees will enjoy Arab music, singing, dancing, other stage performances, folk dancing, henna dying, coffee, children’s activities, hookah lounge, exhibits, art workshops, calligraphy, cooking demonstrations and much more.

You’ll find a traditional bazaar marketplace with hand made items, including jewelry and perfumes as well as products about or from the Arab world.

If you’d like to attend the Seattle Arab Festival and want to dress the part, here are some beautiful creations to consider for women, many of them are on sale.

And here are some for men.

If you liked the food at the festival and want to learn more about Arab cooking, then try these cookbooks. Use our links to see how you can save money on each one.

Or you can enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine at the 10 Best Middle Eastern Restaurants in Seattle as chosen by the users of TripAdvisor.

  1. Petra Bistro
  2. Mamnoon
  3. Mediterranean Kitchen
  4. Turkish Delight
  5. Marlaina’s Mediterranean Kitchen
  6. Mashawi
  7. Cafe Munir
  8. Marrakesh
  9. Garlic Crush
  10. Ephesus Restaurant

If you love Middle Eastern food but can’t get to these restaurants one night, you can get food from Ephesus Restaurant delivered by DoorDash. Check out their menu.

Seattle Hotels

If you’d like to visit Seattle for the festival, you should consider the following hotels. They are all offering discounted rates which can save you money on your stay.

  • The Belltown Inn 20% Discount
  • Mediterranean Inn 20% Discount
  • Hotel Theodore 18% Discount
  • citizenM Seattle Pioneer Square 15% Discount
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Seattle North 15% Discount
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Downtown 15% Discount
  • Travelodge by Wyndham Seattle North 15% Discount
  • citizenM Seattle South Lake Union 15% Discount
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Seattle North 15% Discount
  • Hotel Max 12% Discount
  • Fairmont Olympic Hotel 10% Discount
  • Graduate Seattle 10% Discount