When does the Festival begin and end each day?
Festival programming begins at 11am and concludes at 10pm from Friday until Sunday. The Festival runs from 11am until 9pm on Monday. Food vendor and merchant hours may vary.
Why don’t you charge an entry fee? How do you raise money for the Festival?
It is the mission of Northwest Folklife to create the incredible opportunity of experiencing the thriving traditions of folk arts available to everyone! Everybody is a bearer of and participant in folklife, and we are committed to make certain everyone is able to come and celebrate with us. Each year, Northwest Folklife depends on donations from generous individuals, foundations, government, and corporate partners in order to meet operating expenses, produce the annual Festival, and maintain year-round programs and events. It’s not easy to sustain, and we’d love your support!
The Festival is a community powered event? What does that mean?
The Northwest Folklife Festival being a community powered event means that we rely on the people and groups that come to the Festival for funding and support. In order to keep the Festival going for future generations we accept donations of any amount; when asked, we suggest a donation of $10 per person per day (or $20 for family/groups). Each year, Northwest Folklife depends on donations from generous individuals, foundations, government, and corporate partners in order to meet operating expenses, produce the annual Festival, and maintain year-round educational programs and events. You, too, can become a Friend of Folklife and receive special benefits. For more information and to donate please visit our website.
Can I bring my beloved household pet?
For the safety and consideration of all Festival guests, we request that you leave dogs, ferrets, potbellied pigs, and all other pets at home.
Where can I get information once I’m at the Festival?
There are nine information booths on Seattle Center grounds during the Festival. These information booths, staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, are your best place to learn about performance schedules, craft vendors, where to eat and much more! Please consult your Festival Guide for info booth locations.
About Northwest Folklife
You can read more about Northwest Folklife, the year-round organization that puts on the Festival, over here at a more general FAQ. You can also find answers about how we program our stages, why we don’t have headliners, and how you can get more involved.
I’d like to relive and share some of my favorite sets and performances!
You can find archived audio recordings from most of our live performance stages here.