As the weather gets warmer, many artisans set up booths to sell photographs, glass, ceramics, and fresh flowers. Farmers come to sell their produce, and a vast amount of tiny hole-in-the-wall places offer all kinds of cuisine (French, Russian, Mexican, seafood, etc.)
Just to its east, the International District is the name given to Seattle's Asian neighborhood. It is located southeast of Downtown, loosely bounded by 4th Avenue S. and S. Dearborn Street. While the old Chinatown stops are concentrated around the Interstate 5 freeway, the area to the east is called Little Saigon, centered on 12th and Jackson. From there, going south along Rainier Avenue, the stores transform from Vietnamese to Cambodian, beyond which it slowly merges into South Seattle.
The International District has a great variety of ethnic cuisines. While tourists and most non-Asian Seattleites stick to the large Chinese restaurants, the smaller places serve mostly locals and offer quite authentic atmosphere as well as food. Chinese seafood restaurants are a Seattle institution popular with locals, many with "live tanks".
Seattle Center, at the southern base of Queen Anne Hill, was originally built to host the 1962 World's Fair. The theme was 'Century 21' and it featured many corporate sponsored, science-based exhibits. The two most notable survivors were the Monorail and the Space Needle which has fantastic views of Seattle, both of which have become Icons of the city. Today, Seattle Center is a park-like facility surrounded by many of Seattle's finest venues and museums; Key Arena, McCaw Hall, Intiman Theater and the Experience Music Project. The Center becomes a venue in its own right when it hosts several of Seattle's premier events, including Northwest Folklife Festival, Bite of Seattle, Bumbershoot and several others.