Mark your calendars for the 3rd Saturday of every month (through October), when we’ll be partnering with the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue to put on dances for all ages and abilities! Read more here and RSVP at our Facebook event page. Once a month Folklife comes to the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue to host an open evening of music, dance, and merriment! [...]

The 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival came to a close on the evening of May 27th, wrapping up four days of music, dance, food, history, art, and celebration. But the Folklife spirit doesn’t end with the Festival—we are already at work preparing more opportunities for the public to share in the region’s traditions. The Northwest Folklife Festival brought together over [...]

  Northwest Folklife opens the final day of the 2013 Festival with a special Memorial Day Ceremony on the Mural Stage. Please join us! Then continue to celebrate our Northwest traditions—and honor our history! See full schedule at our website. - Memorial Day Flag Ceremony: Celebrating Memorial Day, the Flag Raising Ceremony will include words from Northwest Folklife, the Seattle Police [...]

Bring your t-shirt, tote bag, whatever, to The VERA Project anytime this weekend and have their talented screenprinters adorn it with this adorable limited-edition design! Screenprinting is free, but they are asking for a small donation to help cover their costs. The VERA Project is located in the Alki Court, near the SIFF Cinema. See you there! And thanks VERA!

  The Northwest Folklife Festival is a celebration of how we keep our traditions alive in our region. Check out these amazing artists–these are your friends and neighbors up on those stages! Tell us who you know that is performing in the Festival on our Facebook page! See full schedule at our website. Here are some great things to see today: - Country [...]

This year Folklife performers with recordings will be selling CDs at their stages, during and after their performances. Look for the round umbrellas next to outdoor stages or tables at indoor venues. You can also find a link to buy recordings (if available) from their listing on our online schedule tool. This year we are not offering a Folklife Store [...]

Tell us how you are going to participate on our Facebook page! See full schedule at our website. - English Country Dance: Downton Abbey comes to Folklife! Channel your favorite Jane Austin character…no corsets required! Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-2:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse. - Hey, Hendrix—Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Local musicians pay homage to one of the Northwest’s favorite sons. Jimi Hendrix took the [...]

(Thanks to Elinor Vandegrift for this guest post! Read about all our dance performances and opportunities at the Festival website, Here’s some information festivalgoers might enjoy about this year’s Scottish Country Dance. We are part of the Seattle Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.  I am one of several teachers in the Branch. The RSCDS is a [...]

In this time of amazing road construction (and sadly, destruction), please help us to help people find their way to Northwest Folklife this weekend. The Festival is offering several creative means of alternative transportation, and alternative road routes will help festival-goers to avoid road snarl-ups. The Mercer West Corridor Project is underway, and drivers will find road changes in the [...]

Kick off the 2013 Festival right with these great showcases! Of course, there’s a lot more to see. Tell us what you’re most excited about on our Facebook page! See our full Friday schedule at - High School Swing Dance: This impressive lineup of young musicians includes the award-winning Garfield High School Jazz Band and the Eckstein Middle School Sr. [...]

This year we are delighted to have–for the first time–the Jack-A-Napes Comedy Show! The lineup features some great up-and-coming Seattle acts, including host Evan Morrison, Albert Kirchner, Sean Murphy and Yogi Paliwal. You may already recognize some of those names from their regular gig at the Conor Byrne Pub. We are stoked to have comedy coming on for this year, [...]

  Post your photos on our Facebook page and tag Northwest Folklife in the comments or description! We’ll send free t-shirts to our favorites and those with the most “likes,” and even use the photos as our Facebook cover photo for an entire month! Follow the Festival on Instagram