OCTOBER 8, 2017

Seattle Children’s Festival

Thank you for another fantastic Seattle Children’s Festival!

It was a great day of music, dance, art and exploration at the Seattle Center. More than 3,000 of our neighbors helped us to celebrate our BIG neighborhood along with 154 artists with 32 performances across 6 different venues. Families were able to experience all kinds of Folklife, from traditional Chinese dance to beat boxing. And so much more!

Thanks to our program partners for providing fun activities and performances. We couldn’t do it without the following organizations:

206 Zulu
Arpan Arts
Center for Wooden Boats
The Creative Advantage
Festival Sundiata
Gage Academy of Art
Music Center of the Northwest
Nature Consortium
Seattle Art Museum
Northwest African American Museum
Seattle Children’s Museum
Seattle Gymnastic Academy
Seattle Tilth
Technology Access Foundation
Wintergrass Festival


We hope to see you all back for the 4th annual Seattle Children’s Festival next year! Relive some of the magic of the day and see if you can spot you and your family in our facebook photo album.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 8, 2017

Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival is a one-day, multi-cultural, inter-generational festival held on Seattle Center grounds, “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.”

The Seattle Children’s Festival brings together local communities to showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest, introducing children in attendance to new cultures and traditions through a variety of educational and hands-on programs. This multi-cultural, inter-generational festival includes live performances and interactive workshops that are geared toward families and children of all ages.

No admission fee thanks to your donations. The suggested donation is $10 per person, $20 per family. Your donation supports Seattle Children’s Festival performers and production costs.

Seattle Children’s Festival 2015 from Egan El Rancho on Vimeo.

Music Performances

Experience music from around the Northwest, including traditional cultural performances and local favorites.

Dance performances

Explore a wide variety of cultural and contemporary dance from around the world!


Learn to sing, dance or play an instrument! Workshops are geared for all-ages participation.

Arts and Crafts

Draw, paint, glue and glitter! There’s plenty of opportunities for families to get their creative juice flowing and create something unique.

Hands-on Activities

Tactile learning is fun for the whole family. Explore, create, build and learn together at our Discovery Zone VISIT OUR PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE 2015 FESTIVAL or the 2016 Festival.