Northwest Folklife Festival


Become a Vendor

Each year Northwest Folklife accepts applications for Food, Craft, Uncommon Market and Sidewalk vendors. The application process typically begins in October and ends in March. Deadlines for applications will vary each year, but applications for each vendor category typically remain open for 4-6 weeks. Applications will usually follow the below schedule:

Food Vendors: Applications are closed for the 2020 festival.

Craft Vendors: Applications are closed for the 2020 festival.

The Uncommon Market: Applications are now closed for the 2020 festival.

Sidewalk Vendors: Applications are now closed for the 2020 Festival.

2019-2020 Key Arena Redevelopment:

As we approach the 2020 Folklife Festival we want to make sure all potential vendors are aware of the continuing Key Arena Redevelopment project and the resulting impact on events at Seattle Center for the next year.  We have lost several areas on grounds to construction, including Alki Court, the Northwest Court, the SC Pavilion (hospitality), Next 50 Pavilion (volunteer check-in) and the 1st Avenue Garage.  We are continuing to work to minimize the impact on our festival and will keep vendors in the loop as further plans are finalized.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about this project.

A common question we receive is the difference between Craft Vendors and Uncommon Market Vendors. Craft vendors sell handmade items that they make themselves, while Uncommon Market vendors sell items that are made by others or made by themselves as well as others. Uncommon Market vendors typically sell imported goods, prepackaged food or other specialty items. If you are unsure which category you should apply to, please contact Katie McColgan at

Questions about becoming a vendor at the Festival? Contact Katie McColgan at

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