Northwest Folklife Festival



The Northwest Folklife Festival

Due to COVID-19, we shifted our 49th Northwest Folklife Festival to a virtual platform.

Presented by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival took place online May 23-25, 2020 at Created in partnership with Seattle Center, From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival featured 6 program channels and a virtual marketplace that brought together with local culture bearers, artists, creatives, sponsors, and merchants all on one platform. 

The full program is still available to watch and stream on-demand!


About the Northwest Folklife Festival

Since 1972, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival has been a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. With over 5,000 performers on 20+ stages, 200 vendors, 500 volunteers, and upwards of 250,000 attendees, this remains one of the largest access-for-all festivals in the nation. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. This is the place to find your folk.

2020 Cultural Focus: Living Legacies

As Northwest Folklife looks ahead to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2021, it is the stories and traditions of the region that serve as the foundation and significance behind our organization and work. Join in preserving, supporting and cultivating our community’s cultural endowment through Cultural Focus: Living Legacies. We will be creating a Living Legacies Toolkit to document and capture family heritage and stories in tandem with our organization as we build a retrospective for our 50th anniversary and legacy for generations to come.

Living Legacies

2020 Cultural Focus: Living Legacies will have four components: (1) Development of a Living Legacies Toolkit to share with communities to preserve, document and capture their stories; (2) Fieldwork and Documentation; (3) Archiving and Digitization, and; (4) Production of Podcasts, Digital and Anthological Booklet.

2019 Festival Highlights

See more 2019 photo highlights here.

What's New with Folklife?

Living Legacies Highlight: Amanda Winterhalter’s Norwegian Lefse

Seattle-based musician, Amanda Winterhalter, shares her Living Legacy of making Norwegian lefse, a potato-based flatbread. Growing up, Amanda’s family ate lefse … continue reading

Seattle’s jazz and blues roots come alive on KNKX 88.5 FM

[Post by KNKX 88.5 FM] When you think of the music of Seattle, you might think of Nirvana, Sound Garden, … continue reading


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