Performing at the Festival

Grace Love and the True Loves. Photo by Piper Hanson.

Grace Love and the True Loves. Photo by Piper Hanson.

Applications for the 2017 Northwest Folklife Festival – available on November 1! Deadline is December 15, 2017.

Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors from the Northwest region (from across the Northwest region, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana) to participate in the 46th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, happening May 26-29, 2017, at Seattle Center.


The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is Northwest Folklife’s signature event, gathering up to 250,000 people from across the region to participate in the four days of artistic and cultural illumination. The Festival is presented each year by Northwest Folklife, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Last year Northwest Folklife programmed over 5,000 performers in 65 different genres of music and dance, from Hawaiian hula to hip-hop and Ireland to India. Northwest Folklife believes everyone is a bearer of folk arts, and we encourage communities to share their cultural traditions, in the hope that interaction with new audiences will enrich the community as much as the audience.

All interested participants, bands, dance troupes, and community organizations must apply to participate in the 2017 Northwest Folklife Festival. The application and more information can be found online at, and a hard copy can be requested by emailing or calling (206) 684-7300. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2017 (printed applications must be postmarked by December 15).

Mark your calendars for 2017 Folklife Festival May 26 – 29, 2017!