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Posted on: August 9, 2016

16-050 Saltwater State Park hosts annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration

Music, dance, food, crafts and family activities


OLYMPIA – Aug. 9, 2016 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the ninth annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park in King County.

The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place S., Des Moines. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/cFsSSpzKTSr) Members of the South Puget Sound Cambodian communities will share their culture through performances of traditional music, dance and drumming, along with activities, contests, displays and demonstrations for the entire family. In addition, Cambodian food will be available for purchase.

Artists, performances and cultural organizations include:

  • Classical and traditional dances by Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest
  • Modern music by the Family Band 
  • Khmer Traditional music by Seattle Khmer community
  • Seven Colors Fashion Show, made up of Khmer people in Washington communities
  • Tacoma Buddhist Temple monks will do the blessing ceremony
  • Martial arts demonstrations by United Southeast Asian Cultural Association

Admission to the Cambodian Cultural Celebration is free. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event: www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program

The Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration is presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.

For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts in the Parks program, including upcoming events, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/folkarts or contact Debbie Fant, Program Coordinator, at deborah.fant@parks.wa.gov or 360-902-8635.

About Saltwater State Park

Saltwater State Park is a camping park featuring 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound, halfway between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. The park is a recreational destination nestled in the core of urban living, with forested trails and beach access. Visitors may explore marine life in tide pools at the park and observe the seasonal spawning of salmon in McSorley Creek. Saltwater State Park is the only state park that features an underwater artificial reef. For more information about Saltwater State Park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/578/Saltwater



About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACTS:      

Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Srey Ryser, (360) 902-8626
Debbie Fant, (360) 902-8635 


Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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