Another Year of Family-Fun: Seattle Children’s Festival 2017

Photo by Erinn Hale

The 4th annual Seattle’s Children’s Festival brought together over 211 performers spanning over 27 performances, 15 discovery zone programs, three cooking workshops and families from all over the city together for one day full of community celebration, cultural learning and sharing, hands-on discovery and family-fun!

On Sunday, October 8, the Seattle Center’s Armory and Fisher Pavilion were filled with bright-eyed children and families as we all explored the various performances and activities that represent the various cultures within our Pacific Northwest neighborhood! Having the wonderful opportunity to see our youth and families gather in one place, learning about our various cultures, taking pride in diversity and celebrating one another—these are some of the many reasons why we feel honored to host this event annually. Thank all of you for yet another incredible year of gathering and celebration!

What’s Next?

We are excited to announce the Our Big Neighborhood program, which aims to provide opportunities for families to engage together in sharing and celebrating the vitality of folk, ethnic, traditional and evolving arts. Our Big Neighborhood will fully launch in 2018 to include Seattle Children’s Festival as well as more programming catered for our youth and families, so be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter to stay updated on when the official launch is announced!

Show Your Support

Northwest Folklife is a nonprofit arts organization that creates programs such as Seattle Children’s Festival because of our belief in the vitality of folk and the arts. We are proud to be community-powered, community-centered and community-driven. Programs such as Seattle Children’s Festival are made possible because of your generous donations. If you believe in our mission, please become a valued Friend of Folklife and help us fund our year-round programming!

Did you take any fun photos or videos? Please share them with us by tagging us on Twitter and Instagram (@nwfolklife) or using our hashtags #SeattleChildrensFestival and #Folklifekids! Until next year!

View the full photo album!

Photo by Erinn Hale

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Seattle Center   |   Living Computers Museum + Labs   |   Babyrific   

Delta Dental   |   ETR   |   NRG Insurance   |   Smith Brothers Farms   |   Springfree Trampoline 

Voya Financial   |   Imperfect Produce   |    Super Heroic    |   Kind Base   |   Ladybug Literacy Lab 

Uplift Writing

Thank you to our Media Sponsors!

KCTS 9   |   KING FM   |   ParentMap   |   91.3 KBCS   |   Northwest Asian Weekly

 KSER 90.7   |   The Seattle Globalist   |   Seattle Weekly   |   Northwest Vietnamese Times

 City Arts   |   KEXP   |   South Seattle Emerald   |   Rainier Avenue Radio   |   Seattle’s Child

Thank you to our Community Partners!

206 Zulu

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Festival

Big Brained Super Heroes Club


Center for Wooden Boats


The Creative Advantage

Dia de Muertos Committee

Diwali Lights of India

Festival Sundiata

Gage Academy of Art


Iranian Festival

Music Center of the Northwest

Nature Consortium

Northwest African American Museum

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival

Rainier Avenue Radio

The Red Balloon Company

The Robert Chinn Foundation

Seattle Center

Seattle Children’s Museum

Seattle Gymnastic Academy

Seattle Hand Drummers

Seattle Theatre Group

Somali Youth and Family Club

Spirit of Indigenous Peoples Day

Tilth Alliance


Vedic Cultural Center

Wintergrass Festival