Seattle Design Festival

Every year, the Seattle Design Festival brings together designers, community members, experts, city officials, and business leaders to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community.


Join us for the 2021 Festival!

This year’s festival theme, EMERGE, seeks to inspire action, addressing the consequences of the pandemic to nurture new possibilities. Emerging is a process of adaptation, of transforming the way we interact, collaborate, and create. How can community-driven design strategies carry us forward? How will we emerge better?
This year’s festival will happen exclusively outside through our Block Party, a two-day street fair, August 21-22 at Lake Union Park and will feature Built Installations and Pop-Up experiences from our community partners.

More Festival Info and Schedule here

Seattle Design Festival
August 21-22, 2021

2020 was a big year – the Seattle Design Festival turned 10! Our anniversary came at a pivotal moment in time, for our city and our world. With the theme, About Time, teams confronted the reality of a global public health crisis and the need to address and dismantle racist systems. Priorities are shifting, and the way that we collaborate has changed.

While the traditional physical experiences – including the Block Party and Neighborhood Spotlights – were canceled, the festival featured digital programming, virtual installations and exhibitions, as well as remote experiences. Our Festival partners submitted amazing programming that sought to address the challenges of our communities, inspiring action through design.

Our 2020 Year in Review can be found here.

The Seattle Design Festival is a program of Design in Public, a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that promotes the role of design in improving our city.  Design in Public is a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, founded in 2011 to celebrate and explore the role and impact of design on urban life in Seattle.

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To see images from this year and past Festivals, visit the SDF Flickr page. Share your photos with us on social media by making sure to use the hashtag, #SeattleDesignFestival!

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Learn more on the Design in Public website and find us at @DiPSeattle and @SeaDesignFest on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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Emily Hagen AIA