About the Festival

Every year since 1972, Northwest Folklife has presented the Northwest Folklife Festival over Memorial Day Weekend in Seattle Center.

Folklife is the Music, Dance, Art & Stories of the Northwest

You are invited to the greatest show of talent in the Northwest! Be part of the 43rd Northwest Folklife Festival this May 23-26 in Seattle Center. Enjoy and participate in your traditions! And experience other cultures by listening to their music, trying out their dances, and hearing their stories. And it’s all FREE.


The 43nd Festival features a special focus on stories and personal histories from the workplace, in a multimedia program called Washington Works. Come hear the folklore of the labor movement, and stories of how jobs have changed over the years, through movies, storytelling, and historical presentations.

Here’s a few other highlights to look forward to:
-A new showcase focusing on traditional dance and music of Asia
-The return of the hugely popular Latin Dance Party
-Crowd-favorites Balkan Misfits Party and Monday night Reggae show
-The Tractor Tavern’s Urban Square Dance for beginners and expert dancers
-Indie Roots music across all our stages

We can’t guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee a great time with fantastic entertainment, food, family activities, shopping, beer gardens, and more.

This year we are pleased to feature artwork by the Art Dept and web design by Shaun Swick.

Check this website often for updates about the full Festival schedule and helpful tips for having the best Festival ever.