What You Need to Know About the Northwest Folklife Festival

Posted on: May 22, 2019

The Northwest Folklife Festival has been a Seattle tradition since 1972. This long-standing event encourages each member of our diverse community to participate and pass customs on to the next generation. The festival is held at the Seattle Center and is open to the public, so browse the details below if you’re interested in stopping by.

When and Where

The 47thannual Northwest Folklife Festival will be held during Memorial Day weekend. The festival has always been regarded as an exciting and enriching event, and often draws crowds upwards of 200,00 visitors. Folks from all over the country gather to witness the awe-inspiring collection of performances. In past years, more than 5,000 performers represented our region’s 100+ cultural communities. You can expect no less in 2018, so it’s sure to be an exhilarating and eye-opening reunion. This year, you’ll have the opportunity to attend lectures, watch dance and musical performances, sit in on cooking demonstrations, and more. To take a look at the full schedule, please visit this website. While the festival is free and all are welcome, a donation of $10 is recommended if you feel compelled to give back. The event is facilitated by a nonprofit organization, and donations from the community are needed to continue to make this educational gathering possible for years to come.

About Northwest Folklife

Northwest Folklife is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle. Its mission is to share and celebrate the abundance of cultural traditions that residents of the Pacific Northwest hold dear. All members of the community are welcome at Northwest Folklife events, and the annual festival is an ideal opportunity to learn more about your neighbors and honor your own heritage. In addition to the annual Memorial Day weekend festivities, Northwest Folklife coordinates events and outreach throughout the region. All individuals have a tradition or custom to share, and the organization hopes to encourage widespread community participation to shed light on important arts and culture. If you feel inspired to become part of this endeavor, don’t hesitate to apply for volunteer opportunities. Northwest Folklife always appreciates those who donate their time to make their events a great experience, and you can access the volunteer application form online.

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