Save the date for the 48th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival!

Taking place May 24 - 27, 2019 at Seattle Center.

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Suggested Donation: $10 per person | $20 per family

Each year, Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center partner to present the Northwest Folklife Festival, one of the largest, multicultural, access-for-all festivals in the nation! This is the place to learn, dance, play, try something new, and to discover the arts and cultures that thrive in our Pacific Northwest communities.

Presenting more than 5,000 performers, the Festival draws from the 100+ cultural communities that Northwest Folklife collaborates with year-round. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. The Northwest Folklife Festival is our key annual event bringing up to 250,000 people over four days to the Seattle Center.

The Northwest Folklife Festival is committed to access for all and POWERED BY YOU. Please make a donation to help preserve this Seattle treasure now and in the future.
Suggested Daily Donation: $10 per person | $20 per family.

Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Mexican American and Chicana/o Roots in the Northwest

Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond explores and celebrates Mexican American and Chicana/o communities from around the Pacific Northwest through stories, art, film, music, song, cuisine, dance, language, and culture. The goal of this program is to showcase, preserve and recognize traditional and popular arts and culture in Mexican American and Chicana/o communities in our region. Join us throughout the year as we explore what it means to be Mexican and Chicana/o, starting with indigenous roots in America, and moving to immigration, the building of communities, and a vision of the future. Audiences will understand the history of the Mexican diaspora in a larger picture of history and development of the region and explore the vibrant art and culture celebrated in today’s communities. Today more than ever, it’s important to share how communities evolve with the ever-changing societal and cultural shifts we face as a region.

Over the past 4 years, our Cultural Focus committee, made up of individuals, professors, culture bearers, activists and local artists, became the consulting council to develop and curate Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond. This is their program.

What's New with Folklife?

Unveiling Our “Folklife Is…” Video

“Folklife is…” Northwest Folklife is an independent arts organization that celebrates the intergenerational arts, cultures, and traditions of a global … continue reading

Faces of Northwest Folklife: Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams

Robert Nellams has directed Seattle Center since his mayoral appointment in 2006. He served as Deputy Director from 1998, and … continue reading