Northwest Folklife Northwest Folklife Festival


Getting Here

Plan Your Route By Bus, Bike, Foot or Car

Regarding street construction and improvements in the Mercer Street area around Seattle Center, Seattle Department of Transportation is working with Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center to ensure open and clearly marked access to the Seattle Center campus for the 2019 Northwest Folklife Festival. For complete, up-to-date information on current street conditions, visit the Mercer Corridor Project or

How to get to our Festival:  Seattle Center Monorail can whisk you to the Center from downtown in 90 seconds. Fifteen Metro bus routes serve Seattle Center from around the region, and there is easy access by car from both Interstate 5 and Highway 99. Plentiful parking is available. Public transportation to and from the Northwest Folklife Festival can be planned by going to or King County Trip Planner.

Festival Hours

When does the Festival begin and end each day?
Festival programming begins at 11 AM and concludes at 10 PM from Friday until Sunday. The Festival runs from 11 AM until 9 PM on Monday. Food vendor hours may vary.

Driving & Parking

What should I be aware of if I plan to drive to the festival?
There are some road improvement projects that may affect your usual route to Seattle Center. Please check the SDOT and WSDOT websites for more information and updates.

If you are driving on Aurora or Mercer Street, please check the SDOT website for information about traffic revisions and possible congestion.

Where should I park if I plan to drive to Seattle Center?
There are several paid lots within a three block radius of Seattle Center. However, bear in mind that these lots fill up by midday and can have high rates. Whenever possible, we recommend taking the bus, your bike or your feet to the Festival.

Where can I find disabled parking?
All lots around Seattle Center have designated disabled parking spots. Check with a parking attendant if all the available spaces are full. You will also find designated spots on 2nd Avenue N  just south of Thomas Street and on Warren Ave just south of Mercer Street.

Public Transportation

Which bus should I take to get to Seattle Center?
Use the Google interactive map tool above for finding the right route for you.

How else can I get to the festival?
The Seattle Monorail goes directly to Seattle Center from Downtown. The Monorail departs every ten minutes, running between Seattle Center station, adjacent to the Space Needle, and Westlake Center Mall station, at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street.


What if I want to ride my bike?
Fantastic! There will be a large bike corral located at the Harrison St Entrance!
To help plan your trip, visit the Department of Transportation’s Bicycling Guide Map, or see the interactive Google map above which allows you to plan a custom route by bike.