Our online volunteer application closes on May 10th, so be sure to fill out an application asap to get your first pick of shifts! We will be taking walk ins starting Friday morning of the Festival, but sign up early to ensure a spot! Fill out a Volunteer Application TODAY! Please visit the volunteer page of our Festival website for [...]

(Many thanks to Chandra Wu for this guest post! The full schedule for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival will be available at www.nwfolklife.org/festival/schedule beginning May 1.) The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is delighted to share some of its members quilts this year at Folklife.  This opportunity came together very quickly, kind of like our Quilt Guild, which began in the [...]

Sometimes it can just be too good to be true, so you have to double-check. Laura asks, “Is Folklife free?” Yes, the Northwest Folklife Festival is free to the public! Wait, how is this possible? It is Folklife’s mission to provide opportunities for everyone to celebrate and participate in the arts & traditions of the Northwest. However, in order to [...]

Some of the best names in roots music (and gospel!) will be hitting the stage during the Indie Roots American Standard Time Show, hosted by KEXP’s Roadhouse radio host Greg Vandy: The Slide Brothers, The Sumner Brothers, Crow Quill Night Owls and The Sojourners! The show takes place Monday, May 27th on the Fisher Green Stage, from 4:00-7:00pm. Tune in tonight (Wednesday, April 24) [...]

Northwest Folklife is proud to announce that the organization has renewed its agreement with Seattle Center for another six years. The Seattle City Council voted on Monday, April 22, 2013 to approve the partnership between the nonprofit Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center, an arts, civic and family gathering place that is administered by the City of Seattle. This six-year agreement [...]

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Giddy Up!: Folklife Pre-Festival Party Join us for a boot-stompin’ good time for all you urban cowboys! These country-tinged bands are sure to get you swinging and excited for the Northwest Folklife Festival (May 24-27).  Be the first to have a peek at the Festival schedule! With music by: Country Lips Ole Tinder The Sumner Brothers Friday, April 26th at the Tractor [...]

One of Seattle’s most beloved traditions, the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival never fails to delight. And with highlights this year that include mathematical oddities, a record-breaking battle between an abacus and a super computer, and an underwater singer, this year sounds like it will be something special! See the full release below for more details. Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese [...]

It’s National Volunteer Week and we would like to take a moment to thank all our amazing volunteers! It takes over 800 volunteers to help us put on the Northwest Folklife Festival and believe me when I say, WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! When asked why our volunteers want to be a part of Northwest Folklife, I was overwhelmed [...]

(Thanks to guest blogger MaryLee Lykes for this post! You can see the full schedule for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival online at www.nwfolklife.org/festival beginning May 1.)  Cajun & Zydeco of the Pacific Northwesst Seattle is home to strong and vibrant Cajun and Zydeco communities that regularly gather to dance, play music and celebrate Louisiana culture. Cajun and Zydeco music [...]

(Special thanks to guest blogger Christine Geronimo from Fin Records! Stay tuned for more sneak peeks at the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival schedule. Full schedule is live on our website beginning May 1, or you can get an exclusive look at our Pre-Festival Party on April 26.) Fin Records is an independent record label based in Ballard. Most record labels [...]

(Thanks to Trisha Tubbs for this special guest blog post! The full schedule for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival will be available at nwfolklife.org/festival beginning May 1) Hot Acoustic Roots Music from the Exciting World of Bluegrass!! Sponsored by TheSunBreak.com Saturday May 25, 2013 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre Stage Experience virtuoso musicianship, hard-driving music that will [...]

Wow! Here is a question we’ve never gotten before: I’ve heard that you’re going to make Folklife a 21 or older event. Is this true? It is not true! I’m not sure where this rumor started, but the Northwest Folklife Festival will always be all-ages, and open to everyone! And it will always be FREE! Do you have a question [...]