The 2013 Festival just ended, but we can’t blame you for asking: When can groups submit applications for 2014 Folklife? The 2014 application to perform will go live on September 15 at our website. I’d suggest subscribing to our eNews or “liking” us on Facebook to be sure you get the announcement! Thanks to everyone who is interested in participating!

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 [...]

This one came in from a local jewelry maker: I know you let people perform music on the streets during the Festival, but do you let people wander and sell crafts too? The answer is no. If you want to be a vendor of food or crafts, please apply in the winter and go through the formal process. Otherwise the [...]

For our out-of-town guests, this might not be obvious: Can I sleep overnight at Folklife? Northwest Folklife takes place at Seattle Center, a public Seattle city park. There is no camping allowed. However, we have some great options for you. We have some great deals worked out with nearby hotels and hostels. And for those of you looking to save [...]

We’ve gotten two inquiries about pets in the last week, so there’s probably more of you out there that are wondering: Can I bring my pet to the Festival? Because Folklife takes place in a public park, pets are technically allowed, but we do discourage bringing them to the Festival. The streets can be crowded and not everyone is comfortable [...]

I was very excited to answer this inquiry that came in this morning from William: Will there be any gospel music performers this year? The answer is yes! We have some fantastic gospel musicians joining us this year. Join us on Friday in the Bagley Wright Theatre beginning at 7pm for the Friday Night Gospel Celebration featuring the Total Experience Gospel [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Here’s one that came in from Bainbridge Island, but I bet a few other people might be wondering the same thing: If its not too late, we would like to be considered for performance this year. The answer is: Sorry! It’s too late. Each year the application to perform goes live on our website on September 1, and the deadline [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]