Folklife is excited to be a partner in presenting these events with STG! Join us to celebrate the music and dance of Ireland this March at the Neptune Theatre. Performances, master classes, a ceili, and more. Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is presenting one of Ireland’s most renowned Irish music super-groups, Dervish at the Neptune Theatre (Mar 16), with opening performance [...]

March seemed like a long ways off when we first announced these, but now it’s right around the corner! We hope we’ll see you in at one or all of these great Nights for Folklife events.   Contra Dance Marathon Thursday, March 7 at the Lake City Contra/Old-Time Country Dance: 8th Annual CONTRA MARATHON – Benefit for Northwest Folklife! Non-stop [...]

A past Festival exhibitor ponders this one: I was wondering what the attendance figures have been the last few years? Great question! The answer is that last year’s attendance was around 250,000 people over the course of four days. While we don’t do an official count, we are able to estimate numbers based on counts made at individual venues and [...]

We here at Folklife are passionate about our communities. From music, to storytelling, to dance, each of these communities and the artists that reside there provide the stuff from which our Festival is made: the songs, the stories, the dance, the movement. Part of passion involves the knowing, and where possible, the growing, of those communities. It also involves using [...]

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Can you tell how excited I am about this? Mini golf! Board games! Food specials! All with the ambiance of the new Seattle Center Armory. Read more here.  

Categories: Community Event

THIS WEEK’S BLUEGRASS: 2.16 Saturday POLECAT w/ Buzz Brump, Kate Lynne Logan $7adv / $10dos, 8pm, 21+   NEXT WEEK’S BLUEGRASS:   2.20 Wednesday - Wintergrass and Nectar Present: WINTERGRASS ’13 LAUNCH PARTY feat. Pickled Okra, Barleywine Revue, The Howdy Boys, Blueberry Hill $5 adv / $8 dos, 6pm doors, 7pm showtime, 21+ Tickets available at: Dusty Strings & Nectar Lounge   2.22 Friday DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS w/ FRUITION, BLVD Park $7 adv / $10 dos, 8pm, 21+ [...]

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Nancy’s question is a good one for all you planners: When will the online 2013 Festival guide be available? Here are the important dates to get on your calendar: A complete PDF, ready to print at home, AND our online tool with a customizable schedule will be online the first week of May. You can swing by our offices in [...]

We are excited to have as part of our newly refreshed website a Community Calendar. Members of the public are encouraged to post their public events to share with the Folklife community. Performances, workshops, dances, storytelling hours and other arts events are welcome. We’ll use this as a resource when we send out our monthly eNews, and will share this [...]

Categories: Community Event

Here’s a question many people are sure to be pondering these days. Christine asks: For those who applied to be performers in 2013, when will decisions be announced? All applicants will be notified by late March by our programming department. For those who have been accepted to perform at the Festival, there is a period of scheduling back-and-forth before the [...]

This just in, and I couldn’t wait to share! The Crankies will also be part of the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival. Stay tuned for more details!   SEATTLE’S FIRST CRANKIE FESTIVAL: Valentine’s Day Feb 14, 2013 7:30 PM $ 15.00 Northwest Puppet Center (View) 9123 – 15th Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98115 United States   For the first time, Seattle [...]

This question from Brendan is one we get all the time. He writes: So..How does one person or band get booked at the Festival? Northwest Folklife is a celebration of how traditions and cultural arts are kept alive in the Northwest. So, first of all, a band or performer must be based in the Northwest to perform at the Festival. [...]

Here’s a straightforward question that came in from Emily: “I’ve never attended Folklife. Can I see a schedule from a past year?” Why yes, you can Emily! We are working on putting up an archived version of the 2012 Festival website, but meanwhile you can take a look at the souvenir Festival guide online here, or you can download your [...]