Seattle Children’s Festival

Thank you for a successful first annual Seattle Children's Festival! See you on October 11th, 2015 for our 2nd Annual Festival!

On October 12th 2014, Northwest Folklife presented the first ever Seattle Children’s Festival, a one-day multi-cultural festival located on Seattle Center Grounds. The festival had no admission charge, thanks to our sponsors, donors, and community support. By “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood,” the Festival brings together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest. The Seattle Children’s Festival serves as an additional opportunity to introduce youth to new cultures and traditions through a variety of educational and hands-on programs. The festival features performances and interactive workshops geared towards families and children of all ages including some of the most well-loved children’s performers of the Northwest. Various international dance forms presented at the 2014 Seattle Children’s Festival included Indian Kathak Dance, Philippine Folk Dance, West African Dance, Hip-Hop break-dancing, Swing Dance, and Brazilian Capoeira Angola. Kids also had the chance to learn and listen to various different music styles and stories including Gaelic Crankies, Native Storytelling, American stringband music, and Marimba groups.

At the festival families are encouraged to try out these styles and more at friendly workshops geared towards sparking curiosity and promoting cross-cultural understanding, exploration, and acceptance. The 2014 Seattle Children’s Festival also included jump roping with Ropeworks and interactive cooking demonstrations for kids, as well as skateboarding tutorials, interactive historical exhibits, and various hands-on activities. Upbeat pop bands from the Kindiependent community such as Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey performed and encouraged attendees to get up and dance. In 2014 Northwest Folklife teamed up with partner organizations including Arts Corps, EMP Museum, MOHAI, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Symphony and many others to make the festival a very special event.

This past year’s Seattle Children’s Festival was a huge success, and over 3,000 attendees participated in the day’s activities. Feedback received after the festival made it clear that this is an event that the community supports and wants to continue. We look forward to seeing you for the 2015 festival!