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Seattle Irish Festival is just one of many chances to take in cultural sights, sounds, and tastes during March.

Sat, Mar 4
Brazilian Carnaval 2017
The last time Seattle was collectively thinking about Brazil was when Simone Biles and the rest of the Olympians were in Rio, winning medals and occasionally causing problems (we’re looking at you, Ryan Lochte). That changes when the Crocodile hosts a Brazilian Carnaval extravaganza. Show Brazil!, a production company of Brazilian-American immigrants dedicated to performing arts and cultural education, continues the tradition of Brazilian Mardi Gras that started way back in 1723. With a host of performers, the night features music from multiple regions of Brazil like chorinho from Rio de Janeiro and samblanco from São Paulo. The Crocodile, $17–$40 

Sat, Mar 4
Balkan Night Northwest
The Balkans—the geographical classification for the countries on the peninsula of southern Europe including Bulgaria, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, and Macedonia—are rich with diverse cultural traditions. While the term Balkan was once used as in a derogatory manner, Balkan Night Northwest sets out to celebrate the countries with a night of bands playing traditional music, food, drinks, and lots of dancing. The proceeds for this event goes to developing cultural connections between people of the Pacific Northwest and various Balkan communities. Saint Demetrios Hall, $15–$25

Sat, Mar 11
Holi Hai

Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is traditionally a multi-day event celebrated in India the day after the full moon. It represents the victory of good over evil, and is a time to love, laugh, forgive, and rid yourself of any negative feelings you might be lugging around. Seems like a decent idea these days. Holi Hai, hosted by DJ Prashant, features six hours packed with Bollywood dance lessons, Henna, a Holi dance performance, and large amounts of powdered color (included with a ticket purchase) being thrown around (outside because who would want to clean that up inside?). The day of Holi is about pure fun and joy, and the color fight embodies just that. Nectar Lounge, $17–$28

Sat & Sun, Mar 11 & 12
Seattle Irish Festival
Right around March 17th, everybody and their mothers begin claiming some degree of Irish heritage. And why wouldn’t you? Celtic music, Riverdancing, and, of course, Guinness, make for a beautiful and lively culture. Get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day (while celebrating your possible 1/16 Irish heritage) at the Irish Festival with a parade, cultural displays, music, dancing, and lots of chances to buy Celtic goods. Sláinte! Seattle Center Armory, Free

Sun, Mar 19
Seattle’s French Fest

France is so much more than the cliched stereotypes: curling mustaches, the Eiffel Tower, baguettes, and berets. Seattle’s French Fest offers locals a chance to learn more about this European culture (and other French-speaking countries) with vendors, dance troupes, wine tastings, and more. And let’s not forget why many young aspiring chefs venture off to Paris—French cuisine is not only something you taste, it’s something you experience. Indulge in true French flavor at this free fest. Seattle Center Armory, Free

Mar 25–Apr 12
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Over its 22-year history, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival has become a cultural touchstone for the local Semitic community. This year’s lineup might give you emotional whiplash. The slate includes a retelling of the Book of Genesis story of Abraham and Sarah set in the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra (Harmonia), an adaptation of The Zookeeper’s Wife (a true story about a zookeeper  that worked with the Resistance to help save those in the Warsaw ghetto) starring Jessica Chastain, a documentary featuring comedians, Holocaust survivors, and Jewish leaders discussing whether or not the Holocaust can be funny (The Last Laugh),and a documentary about a vibrant elderly Holocaust survivor’s tailor shop by local filmmaker Leah Warshawski (Big Sonia). Tissues recommended. Various venues, $10–$20; Festival pass $125–225

Ongoing
Pacific Voices
Experience the culture of your own backyard. Burke Museum's Pacific Voices offers a permanent collection dedicated to the people of the Pacific Rim. While this exhibit has been around for years, it remains relevant. With the fifth largest Northwest Coast ethnological collection, the exhibit to show how culture is passed on from generation to generation through an exploration of many Native American tribes and ethnic communities local to our favorite corner of the Pacific Northwest. Through artifacts, language and stories, teachers and elders, and ceremonies, Pacific Voices speaks to cultural identity and attempts to preserve who we are and where we came from. Venturing to Bill Holm Culture Center, even allows visitors to learn about the mask that inspired our beloved Seattle Seahawks logo. Burke Museum, $10

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