Amid all the summer beer fests and seafood fests and food truck fests—seriously, is there a fest every four days in Seattle?—the annual Dragon Fest in Chinatown and the International District is one of the most colorful occasions, with more than 25,000 people turning out for the two-day pan-Asian street festival. Last weekend’s event was no different: We saw lion and dragon dances, taiko drumming, an anime costume contest, kung fu. Someone broke a concrete slab with his hand. It was the second year of the Food Walk, with 20 of the International District’s restaurants offering a $2 tasting menu so you could nibble your way through the neighborhood. Good in theory, but hard to sample in practice. We ended up grabbing dinner from yet another food truck (Bigfood, so good) and an Asahi from the Japanese beer garden.

For scenes from Dragon Fest 2012, click through the slideshow. Let the lion dance begin.

All photos and captions by Sabina Cao.

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