Welcome to SE Seattle and Welcome to the World!

Demographics by zip:  98118  98144  98108  98178 

Southeast Seattle was the best kept secret of the city and that is beginning to change.  The launching of the Link Lightrail system in the summer of 2009 now brings thousands of people throughout the area with the opportunity to stop at the four stations in our district. 

We welcome visitors to an area so steeped in cultural diversity that according to national media sources, we are the most diverse neighborhood in the United States with over 60 languages spoken here.  You won’t need a passport to come here, but it will sure feel as if you do!

Residents and visitors experience the rich cultural weaving of the neighborhood and encounter friendly people from almost every continent on the planet.  Our authentic shopping, food, art, and even our gardens reflect the many cultures that live and work in the SE Seattle.  Explore SE Seattle and discover the World!

Here is a sampling of what you will “discover” in SE Seattle

Art, History and Culture

Columbia City Theater (Columbia City)

Columbia City Gallery (Columbia City)

Ark Lodge Cinema (Columbia City)

Historic Walking Tour of the Columbia City Landmark District (Columbia City)

NW African American Museum (N. Rainier)

Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center (Rainier Beach)

Public Art and Link Light Rail Art (throughout SE Seattle)

Rainier Valley Cultural Center (Columbia City)

Rainier Valley Historical Society Resource Room (Columbia City)


Be’ersheva Park (Rainier Beach)

Hitt’s Hill, (Hillman City)

Kubota Gardens (Rainier Beach)

Lake Washington: beautiful views of the lake and Mt. Baker, with trails, beaches and parks and along the shore. (Lakewood/Seward Park, Genesee and Mt. Baker)

Mapes Creek (Rainier Beach)

Mt. Baker Park (Mt. Baker)

Olmstead Brother’s Legacy Parks (Leschi, Mt. Baker, Genesee, Columbia City,               Lakewood/Seward Park, and Pritchard Beach.)

Seward Park, Seattle Park and Recreation (Seward Park)

Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center (Seward Park)


Bicycle Sundays on Lake Washington Blvd., May-September (Lakewood/Seward Park, Genesee and Mt. Baker)

Boat Moorage (Leschi, Lakewood/Seward Park, Rainier Beach)

Genesee Off Leash Dog Park (Genesee)

Indoor and outdoor Basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball fields (throughout SE Seattle)

Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center (Mt. Baker/Genesee)

Running, walking, and triathlon Marathons throughout the year on Lake Washington Blvd. and Seward Park (Lakewood/Seward Park, Genesee, Mt. Baker and Leschi)

Swimming (Mt. Baker and Seward Park Beaches and Rainier Beach Pool)

Golf and Driving range (Beacon Hill)

Lawn Bowling (Beacon Hill)

Festivals and Performing Arts

Rainier Chamber Foundation Benefit Auction, March (varies)

Plate of Nations, March and April (MLK restaurants)

Bridge 2 Beach All Valley Earthday Clean up, April, (throughout SE Seattle)

Young Playwrights Festival, May, (Columbia City)

Beat Walk, May-October (Columbia City)

Rainier Chamber President’s Scholarship and Community Awards Lunch, June (NewHolly)

Art Walk, August or Sept. (Rainier Beach)

Pista sa Nayon, June or July (Seward Park)

Seafair Hydroplane Race, August (Genesee Park)

Back to School Special, August (Rainier Beach)

Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival, August

Art in the Alley, August, (Columbia City)

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival, August (Columbia City and Hillman City)

Arts Gumbo Series, September-December (Columbia City)

Halloween Trick or Treat, October (Columbia City and Hillman City)

Mt. Baker Historic Home Tour, December, (Mt. Baker)

Holiday Light Festival, December (Columbia City)

Christmas Ship, December, (Pritchard Beach, Seward Park, Lakewood/Seward Park, and Mt. Baker)

Kids Events

Kids Bike Swap, May (Genesee)

Mt. Baker Day in the Park, September (Mt. Baker)

Pied Piper Series, October-April (Mt. Baker)


Columbia City Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays from May-October.

All over SE Seattle, you can find specialty cuisine from:

Africa               Asia             Caribbean            Europe            

Middle East        North & South America        

You can find a wide range of styles:

Family friendly eateries                                   Bakeries & Cafes                    

Music & dance clubs                                        Upscale dining         

Hallel restaurants & markets                        Spirits, beer & wine bars     


Columbia City: Mix of world styles, tastes and options of shops with many restaurants, theaters and festivals.

Mt. Baker, Lakewood/Seward Park, Genesee, N. Rainier: Smaller neighborhoods with specialty niches.

Othello and Graham (on the MLK Ave. corridor): Asian with an emphasis on Vietnamese, African and African American.

Rainier Beach, Graham (on Rainier Ave.) and Hillman City: African, African American, Latin, European, Middle Eastern and American.


Casa de Esperanza, bed and breakfast with art gallery (Mt. Baker)

Shirley Marvin Hotel, extended stay micro-hotel (Columbia City)

Getting There

Light Rail stations: Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, Columbia City, Othello, Rainier Beach

Bus routes:  7, 8, 9, 14, 27, 36, 48, 50, 60, 106, 107, 987

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