(Thanks to Elinor Vandegrift for this guest post! Read about all our dance performances and opportunities at the Festival website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) 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 www.nwfolklife.org/festival. - 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

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 [...]

(Big thanks to Marchette Dubois for this guest post! You can see our full lineup of bands at the Festival website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.)  At 2009’s Folklife Festival, in a jam-packed VERA Project, hundreds of sweaty, ebullient people linked hands and line-danced at the first Balkan Misfits Showcase.   Though it was called the Balkan Bridge in those days, it was showcasing the [...]

(Thanks Wes Weddell for this guest post! See the full schedule of workshops and participatory jams at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) For the fifth consecutive year now, Folklife will offer the opportunity for anyone at the Festival to share an original song with listeners and fellow songwriters in the Emerald City Songwriter Circles.  The circles have become a celebration of originality, creativity, and [...]

Not only can you take a trip around the world through music, dance, stories and art at the Northwest Folklife Festival, but you can eat your way around the globe as well! Check out our complete list of food vendors here. Be sure to check out Eloi Taste the Carribbean – an unusual treat for the Northwest! You’ll also want [...]

(Tune into KEXP this morning at 9:30 to hear Shelby Earl live on the Morning Show with John Richards!) We are delighted to welcome aboard Team Up for their first year as co-presenters of Indie Roots artists. In partnership with Artist Home (producers of the Doe Bay fest) and with sponsorship by BECU, Team Up has curated a showcase of [...]

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 [...]

(Thanks to Wes Weddelll for this guest post! You can see our full lineup of special events at the Festival website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) The Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Bushwick Book Club – Seattle, to be sure, is not your run-of-the-mill book club: since 2010, a revolving-door cast of local songwriters [...]