Indigenous Peoples' Day

Grand Opening Weekend

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

Date & Time

Monday, October 14
10 AM – 5 PM

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Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 14, is Indigenous Peoples' Day in the City of Seattle and at the Burke Museum! There will be Indigenous performances, including UW groups, and opportunities to engage in conversation about the Burke's collections throughout the day. 

Throughout Grand Opening Weekend, the new Burke Yard will be transformed into a free outdoor festival with multicultural music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks. 

Grand Opening Weekend is also the grand opening of the new Off the Rez Café! Enjoy tasty fry bread and other Native foods in Off the Rez’s first brick-and-mortar location. Their food truck, rated one of the Top 25 Food Trucks in America by Food Network, will also be here all of opening weekend.  

Indigenous Peoples Day

Schedule of Activities

Burke Yard


  • 10 AM: Music with So’le Celestial
  • 10:30 AM: Open Mic
  • 11:30 AM: Poetry with Fabian Romero
  • 12 PM: Poetry with La Espiritista
  • 12:30 PM: Music with Santino Camacho
  • 1 PM: Theater with Indigenize Productions
  • 2 PM: Songs with Ale Abreu
  • 2:30 PM: Songs with Hut Ugalino
  • 3 PM: Karaoke


  • 10 AM - 3 PM: Aleki Maulolo
  • 3-5 PM: Casey Wynecoop

Carving Demonstrations

  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Carving demonstrations by local Indigenous and Pacific artists.

Weaving Demonstrations

  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco

Live Art

  • 10 AM - 3 PM: Painter Dozfy
  • 10 AM - 3 PM: Chalk Artist Derek Dizon

All day

  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Learn about the native plants in the New Burke landscaping with members of the Oxbow Farms & Conservation Center—the organization that cultivated over 70,000 plants from seedlings.
  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Connect with Longhouse Media, an Indigenous media company, on their current and future projects.
  • 12-2 PM: Ask questions with KUOW’s SoundQ’s. (Your question may be answered on one of their future programs!)


  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Off the Rez


  • Microscope investigations, coloring, and touchable objects
  • Fossil rubbing and dino play
  • Hidden Husky Scavenger Hunt: Find the huskies to win a temporary tattoo!

Collection Activities

  • 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM: Contemporary Culture Workroom Open Door
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Archaeology Workroom Open Door
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Paleontology Workroom Open Door
  • 12-3 PM: Artist Studio Open Door with Israel Shotridge
  • 1:30-4:30 PM: Biology Workroom Open Door

Weaver's Welcome / Forces of Nature Art Dedication

11 AM - 12 PM
Grand Atrium (Lower Level) & Field Camp Play Space (3rd Floor)

Members of the Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe will offer songs and blessings to dedicate two works of art by Tribe members: "The Weaver's Welcome" a sculpture in the Grand Atrium by artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and David Franklin; and "Forces of Nature" a mural in the Field Camp Play Space by Jeffrey Veregge. 

Timed Tickets

Book a timed ticket ahead of your visit:

  • Advance timed tickets are offered every 60 minutes throughout the day. If advance tickets are still available, they will be listed at
  • Please arrive as close as possible to the entry time listed on your ticket. There is a lot to see and do at the Burke Museum, so we suggest allowing between 1 1/2 and 2 hours to make the most of your visit.
  • Walk up admissions may be available on a first come, first served basis as museum capacity allows.


Grand Opening Sponsors
New Burke Media Sponsors

With support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the University of Washington.