2022 Northwest Folklife Festival Vendor Applications

Each year the Northwest Folklife Festival features over 200 local PNW merchants offering the best in food, crafts, import items and services such as facepainting and caricatures.  Applications typically open in the late Fall and run through the early months of the festival year.  Booth fees range depending on merchant category, and Northwest Folklife uses a flat booth fee plus commission for onsite sales, in an effort to keep booth prices reasonable and only collect commissions if vendors have a successful weekend.  Our team believes that our vendors are as much a part of our festival as the performers, and there is no better way to experience Folklife than to taste a family recipe or bring home a one of a kind piece of art.  

One common question we receive is the difference between our Craft and Uncommon Market categories.  Craft vendors sell items they make themself, while Uncommon Market vendors typically sell handmade items made by someone else.  Many of our Uncommon Market vendors sell imported goods - showcasing handmade wares produced all over the world.  Vendors with questions about which category they should apply to can reach out to merchants@nwfolklife.org.  

While 2021-2022 is a strange year as we navigate the re-emergence into in-person events, our vendor applications typically follow the schedule below:

Food Vendor Applications: Open in October, close in December (please note that this year applications are delayed as event details and a new database system is established.  Applications are now available and will close February 4th, 2022)

Craft Vendor Application: Open in November, close in January (please note that this year applications are delayed as event details and a new database system is established. Applications are now available and will close February 21, 2022.

Uncommon Market Vendor Applications: Open in December, close in February (please note that this year applications are delayed as event details and a new database system is established. Applications are now available and will close February 21, 2022)

Sidewalk Vendor Applications: Open in January/February, close in March.  Applications are now available and will close February 21, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement *Updated December 2021*

We are now requiring proof of vaccination for all participants of the 2022 Northwest Folklife festival including staff, volunteers, artists, and vendors. Specific requirements for audience members will be communicated using the most current state, county, city, and/or Seattle Center campus guidelines available, closer to the festival.

This decision is guided by our commitment to the health of our community. The Northwest Folklife festival brings together a diverse, wide-reaching community of all ages and cultural backgrounds from all across the Pacific Northwest. While we understand there are reasons vaccination is not possible, as organizers of an event of this size and reach during this precarious phase of re-opening, we have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of all participants. A COVID-19 vaccine is the best tool to prevent the spread of the virus and is the best tool we can employ to protect each other while gathering in-person to celebrate arts and culture.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept negative covid tests in lieu of vaccination for any artists or vendors who will be onsite at the Northwest Folklife Festival. All Northwest Folklife staff, contractors and volunteers are subject to Executive Order 2021-08, and we have received guidance from Seattle Center and the City that festival performers, vendors, and volunteers fall under the umbrella of “contractors and volunteers.”.

If the situation changes before the festival in regards to the Executive Order, Northwest Folklife will be keeping the mandatory vaccination requirement for all onsite staff, contractors, and volunteers.

Questions about the Northwest Folklife Vendor Program?  Please contact merchants@nwfolklife.org