Over the summer, Tukwila Parks and Recreation partnered with Urban Artworks to support the local art scene and add visual vibrancy to the city with the “Arts-in-the-Parks” initiative. The program solicited local artists and provided them with stipends to bring their visions to life through painting murals in select locations throughout the park system.
Check out the murals for yourself with this self-guided map and keep an eye out for the upcoming Pop-up Banner Gallery bringing art to Tukwila neighborhoods near you!
Here are just a few of the fantastic creations these talented artists brought to our community:
A Day in the Garden, Angelina Villalobos
On the site visit at Riverton Park, Angelina noticed the beautiful Gully Gardens P-Patch in full bloom. Her goal was to create a design that represented the flowers of each season in the Pacific Northwest, along with the endangered native bird, Varied Thrush.
Pristine Pacific Northwest, Heather Sparkles
“The location I was given for this project was the cabin at Bicentennial Park, which gave me thought as to the concept of ‘home’. I wanted the window and door panels to feel like entrances to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. My hope is that it will inspire people to treat the park and all of nature around us as we treat our own private home dwellings – with care, respect, love, and stewardship.”
Bird Friends of Tukwila, Annemieke Beemster Leverenz
This mural depicts a stylized vista of the Green River and Cascade Mountain Range as seen from Tukwila. The view is populated with native birds that frequent the area.
Starry Calamansi Night, Nikita Ares
“I was inspired by the location itself! The forms and colors were based on the energy of people constantly moving and passing by the park, and the colors of the green nature plus the playground.”
There’s no better way to enjoy the distinct multiculturalism of Tukwila than through food. The Tukwila Village Farmers Market is the perfect place to sample flavors from around the globe and farm-fresh produce grown right here in our community.
Now in its third year of operations, the market offers produce grown by independent farmers who hail from the countries of Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more. It also features an array of culinary offerings from the Spice Bridge food hall, which serves a rotating cast of global cuisines, such as Cambodian, Afghan fusion, Congolese, and Caribbean.
“They’re selling things that you won’t necessarily see at the grocery store or at other farmers markets, but [that] serve the needs of many different cultural groups,” said Kara Martin, program director of the Food Innovation Network.
The market is hosted by the Food Innovation Network — a program that supports small food business development and aims to improve local food systems in diverse communities in South King County — and acts as an incubator for urban growers and immigrant and refugee businesses.
The Tukwila Village Farmers Market runs every Wednesday from 4-7pm through October 13 and is located at the Tukwila Village Plaza (14350 Tukwila International Blvd). The market accepts cash, debit, credit cards, and SNAP (including double benefits with SNAP Market Match). Come hungry and leave happy!
Want more ideas for food options in the city? Check out our dining and shopping pages.
Join our hometown, two-time MLR defending champion Seattle Seawolves for their final match of the season against the Houston SaberCats at Starfire Sports on Thursday, July 15 at 7pm. Tickets are available in fully vaccinated sections starting at $25. The game will also be broadcasted on Root Sports Northwest.
Summer is here and we’re ready to shake off the past year, get outside, and enjoy the season. Here are a few must-try local activities to check out before the rain rolls back in.
Bicycling is a great way to soak up the sun and get some good exercise. Tukwila has great city bicycle routes, including connections to the Green River and Interurban Trails. The Green River Trail follows the scenic Green River for almost 20 miles from Seattle to Kent. Similar in miles, the Interurban Trail (South) connects Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Algona, and Pacific along the historic route of the Puget Sound Electric Railway. Both offer great views and bike-friendly amenities along the way.
For those looking to test their swings, polo shirts, and cart driving skills, hit the greens at the Foster Golf Links, just minutes from I-5 and I-405 in Tukwila. Foster is a place for friends to develop their golf skills and enjoy the natural scenery and wildlife. Make sure to visit the course pro shop and restaurant while you’re there.
True to its name, Family Fun Center offers a broad entertainment lineup that everyone from Grandma to Junior will enjoy. This includes an assortment of outdoor attractions best paired with sunny weather, such as miniature golf, go karts, bumper boats, and batting cages. Check out the Wristband Special, which for a limited time, offers unlimited attractions at a discount price.
Perfect for those hot days with no AC, Tukwila Community Center’s Splash and Spray Park offers much needed respite from the summer heat. The park is packed with water-feature fun, like fish themed waterspouts, car wash style play areas, run through fountains, and more. It’s free for everyone to enjoy and open 10am – 8pm daily. Bring the kids and pack some snacks – it’s gonna be a long day!
Photo by Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority.
Want more ideas for summer fun? Check out our Activities page.
Our hometown, two-time MLR defending champion Seattle Seawolves are hosting the New Orleans Gold on Sunday, July 11 at 6 PM. Tickets are available in fully vaccinated sections starting at $25.
Our hometown, two-time MLR defending champion Seattle Seawolves are back at Starfire Sports with a matchup against the Los Angeles Giltinis on Sunday, June 27 at 5 PM. Tickets are available in fully vaccinated sections starting at $25. The game will also be broadcasted on Root Sports Northwest.
The Tukwila Village Farmers Market is open from 4-7pm on Wednesday afternoons from June 23 through October 13. The Market is a community-driven nonprofit serving produce grown by refugees and immigrants in our community.
The Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and participates in SNAP Market Match, which doubles aid.
Have no fear, because 2021 is here! Join the Super Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race in Tukwila as they carry out their mission to lift our spirits, make us laugh, and save us from the awfulness that was the year 2020.
The show’s past contestants, including Season 13 finalists, will take the stage for an outdoor, drive-in drag show at Westfield Southcenter, complete with jumbotron LED screens, a concert-quality light show, and both outdoor and FM sound.
The Lineup (subject to change)
- Asia O’Hara
- Vanessa “Vanjie” Mateo
- Kim Chi
- Naomi Smalls
This is an all ages show! General Admission and VIP tickets available. Space is limited and tickets are going quick, so grab yours today!
Shows start at 7pm and 9:30pm on May 14, 15, and 16.