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Postponed: 49th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

May 22 - May 25

To our dear Folklife community,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce our decision to postpone the 49th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, initially set to take place Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25 2020 at Seattle Center.

This decision was not made lightly, but ultimately, we feel this is the best decision for our greater community. We believe that postponement of this important tradition is necessary to protect the public, and particularly our most vulnerable populations.

Although we cannot celebrate together in one space at this time, we hope to see you continue to share your songs, dances, foods, and stories that keep us going. We encourage you to keep living out your folklife in your own homes.

Please read our full letter at

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. With over 5,000 performers on 20+ stages, 200 food/craft/import vendors, and 500 volunteers, this remains one of the largest access-for-all festivals in the nation. Since 1972, the Northwest Folklife Festival has brought together upwards of 250,000 community members to Seattle Center during Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate the ever-growing arts and cultures of the Pacific Northwest.

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Seattle Center
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109 United States


Northwest Folklife