Become A Vendor

2021 UPDATE: AS OF FALL 2020 WE ARE ANTICIPATING THAT THE 2021 NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL WILL ONCE AGAIN BE A VIRTUAL EVENT. WE CONTINUE TO KEEP AN EYE ON CONDITIONS SURROUNDING IN-PERSON EVENTS, AND LOOK FORWARD TO RETURNING TO SEATTLE CENTER AS SOON AS IT’S SAFE TO DO SO.

If you are interested in being included in our Virtual Marketplace showcasing local small businesses, please complete our Interest Form

Each year Northwest Folklife accepts applications for Food, Craft, Uncommon Market and Sidewalk vendors. The application process typically begins in October and ends in March. Deadlines for applications will vary each year, but applications for each vendor category typically remain open for 4-6 weeks. Applications will usually follow the below schedule:

FOOD VENDORS: APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY OPEN IN OCTOBER, HOWEVER WE ARE HOLDING OFF ON 2021 APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19.

CRAFT VENDORS: APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY OPEN IN DECEMBER, HOWEVER WE ARE HOLDING OFF ON 2021 APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19.

THE UNCOMMON MARKET: APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY OPEN IN JANUARY, HOWEVER WE ARE HOLDING OFF ON 2021 APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19.

SIDEWALK VENDORS: APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY OPEN IN FEBRUARY, HOWEVER WE ARE HOLDING OFF ON 2021 APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19.

Photo by Christopher Nelson

A common question we receive is the difference between Craft Vendors and Uncommon Market Vendors. Craft vendors sell handmade items that they make themselves, while Uncommon Market vendors sell items that are made by others or made by themselves as well as others. Uncommon Market vendors typically sell imported goods, prepackaged food or other specialty items. If you are unsure which category you should apply to, please contact Katie McColgan at katie@nwfolklife.org.

Questions about becoming a vendor at the Festival? Contact Katie McColgan at katie@nwfolklife.org