Northwest Folklife Festival


Celebrating Festál Festivals

Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year / January 21-22, 2017

Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts and a lively marketplace.

Irish Festival / March 11-12, 2017

Dive into the many expressions of Irish culture in America, from stepdancing to Irish jigs, and go deeper to learn about the Irish language and the history of the Emerald Isle.

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures / March 19, 2017

The annual French Festival provides contemporary examples of the worldwide francophonie, from French-speaking Africa to France, Louisiana, or French Canada. It’s a gathering point for the many populations in Seattle united by the French language.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival / April 21-23, 2017

The oldest community cultural festival in Festál, for 40 years this festival has shone a light on the traditions of Japan through performances like Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations.

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration / May 7, 2017

With so many ties to Asian and Pacific Island cultures in Seattle, this festival is a chance for many communities to come together. In 2016, performers represented cultures from China, The Philippines, Tahiti, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, Hawai’i, Thailand, Samoa, and more.

Spirit of Africa / May 13, 2017

Spirit of Africa showcases the talents of African musicians, dancers, and artists in the region and from around the country to celebrate the rich cultural heritage initially of West African — and now all African — people.

A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival / May 20, 2017

Experience 5,000 years of Chinese history with A Glimpse of China, from authentic Chinese food to martial arts, Chinese dance and music, calligraphy, and language lessons.

46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival / May 26 – 29, 2017

One of the largest free folk festivals in the country, the 46th annual Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the music, dance, stories, and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest.

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival / June 3-4, 2017

Commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence, Pagdiriwang has grown into the biggest festival of Filipino arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest.

Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest / June 10-11, 2017

A celebration of African-American culture, Festival Sundiata exhibits all art forms from the African diaspora.

Spirit of Indigenous People / June 24, 2017

This spirited, brilliantly colorful festival focuses on traditional and contemporary music, dance, arts and crafts, as festival organizers seek to build better understanding and regard for Natives as the indigenous people of North America.

Polish Festival Seattle / July 8, 2017

Seattle’s long established Polish community joined Festal in 2012 with an event that highlights Polish traditions and contemporary achievements.

Arab Festival / July 15-16, 2017

With a goal to showcase Arab culture and arts to increase understanding in the broader community, today the Arab festival vividly highlights the cultural roots and current influences of the Arab world. 

Iranian Festival / August 12, 2017

Underscoring a history of “unity in diversity,” festival performances, poetry, face painting and authentic cuisine provide a glimpse into Iran’s artistically opulent and expressive culture.

BrasilFest / August 20, 2017

Follow the drumbeats to BrasilFest, which celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot.

Tibet Fest / August 26-27, 2017

Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven through Tibet Fest, which seeks to preserve centuries-old cultural traditions.

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival / September 10, 2017

The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates what it means to “live aloha.” Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, crafts, hula, music and workshops honor this special culture.

Seattle Fiestas Patrias / September 16-17, 2017

Seattle Fiestas Patrias celebrates diversity and the Latino community in Western Washington. Dance to live mariachi music, join in a children’s soccer clinic, and learn how Latin American countries celebrate independence from Spanish rule.

The Italian Festival / September 23-24, 2017

The Italian Festival is a “Celebration of All Things Italian.”  Food vendors, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest and a bocce ball tournament honor and celebrate the “old country.”

CroatiaFest / October 1, 2017

Acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, intricate costumes, art exhibits, tourist information and displays showcase Croatia’s rich past and dynamic present.

TurkFest / October 14-15, 2017

This enriching, engaging, and entertaining festival of friendship celebrates the multiple cultures that link modern Turkey to the East and West.

Diwali: Lights of India / October 21, 2017

Diwali: Lights of India showcases the arts and culture of India, adapted from, and closely following Diwali, the popular annual festival celebrated in autumn in India.

Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed / October 28-29, 2017

The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead.

Hmong New Year Celebration / November 4, 2017

The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. The Hmong New Year Celebration helps preserve the unique culture of this Southeast Asian highland culture.

And continue into 2018:

Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year / February 10-11, 2018

Irish Festival / March 17-18, 2018

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures / March 25, 2018

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival / April 20-22, 2018

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration / May 6, 2018

Spirit of Africa / May 12, 2018

A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival / May 19, 2018

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival / June 2-3, 2018

Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest / June 9-10, 2018

Spirit of Indigenous People / June 23, 2018

Polish Festival / July 7, 2018

Arab Festival / July 14-15, 2018

Iranian Festival / August 11, 2018

BrasilFest / August 19, 2018

Tibet Fest / August 25-26, 2018

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival / September 9, 2018

Seattle Fiestas Patrias / September 15-16, 2018

Italian Festival / September 22-23, 2018

CroatiaFest / October 7, 2018

TurkFest / October 13-14, 2018

Diwali: Lights of India / October 21, 2018

Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed / October 27-28, 2018

Hmong New Year / November 3, 2018