Friends of Folklife are Northwest Folklife’s most loyal supporters who keep the magic of Folklife alive with their annual contributions of $50 or more. Friends of Folklife enjoy exclusive benefits at the Northwest Folklife Festival and throughout the year, and can choose from a variety of giving levels to support our programs.

Friends of Folklife at the 47th NW Folklife Festival

Current Friends of Folklife will received an email with detailed information about their 2018 Festival benefits on May 18, 2018. If we don’t have your email address on file, you will receive this information via regular mail the week of the Festival.

Friends of Folklife Headquarters

The Friends of Folklife Headquarters is a VIP area for Friends of Folklife, located at the Fisher Terrace and open 10:30 am – 8:00 pm, May 25-28. Alcohol will be served daily, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Please stop by to:

  • Pick up your Friend of Folklife buttons and other benefits
  • Take a break from the crowds, enjoy snacks and refreshments, and have a prime viewing spot of the Festival
  • Leave your bag, coat, and other belongings at our coat check
  • Meet fellow Folklife supporters, board members, and staff

Happy Hours at the Friends of Folklife Headquarters

Make sure to stop by the FoF Headquarters for our special Happy Hours activities:

  • Friday, 5/25, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 5/26, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, 5/27, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, 5/28, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For Friends of Folklife related questions, please contact Christina Kourteva, Development Director, at or (206) 233-3953.


Friends of Folklife Giving Levels and Benefits

Folkster: $50-$249

  • Festival Guide mailed in mid-May
  • Two Friend of Folklife buttons for admission to the Friends of Folklife Headquarters
  • Happy Hours at the FoF Headquarters

Folk Sustainer: $20+/month (or $240+/year)
All of the above PLUS unique Thank You gift available only to Folk Sustainers. This level requires monthly electronic payments of $20 or more from your bank account or credit/debit card. Giving level benefits are based on your cumulative annual giving.

Stage Manager: $250-$499
All of the above PLUS:

  • One additional Friend of Folklife button
  • Two Hospitality Buttons for admission to the Folklife Festival’s Hospitality VIP access area
  • Invitation for Two to ‘First Look’, our pre-Festival VIP preview and reception
  • Invitation for Two to the Saturday Night Party
  • One NWFL Tote Bag
  • Recognition in the NWFL Annual Report
  • Invitations to parties and multi-cultural events between Festivals

Emcee: $500-$999
All of the above PLUS:

  • NWFL Goody Bag at the Folklife Festival
  • Recognition in the Festival Guide
  • Two drink tickets
  Curator: $1,000-$2,499
All of the above PLUS:

  • Northwest Folklife License Plate Frame
  • Behind the Scenes group tour of the Festival led by Artistic or Managing Director
  • NWFL Festival limited edition art poster
  • NWFL’s Annual Report mailed to you in the Fall

Headliner: $2,500-$4,999
All of the above PLUS:

  • Complimentary NWFL T-shirt (needs to be picked up at the Folklife Festival)
  • Complimentary parking during the Folklife Festival

Producer: $5,000-$9,999
All of the above PLUS:

  • Two Additional tickets to ‘First Look’
  • Digital schedule of the Folklife Festival emailed prior to publication
  • Personalized playlist created for you by the Artistic Director
  • Dinner with Artistic or Managing Director
  • Meet the Artist opportunities

Folk Legend: $10,000 and above
All of the above PLUS:

  • Two Additional tickets to ‘First Look’
  • Feature story on NWFL’s website
  • “This stage brought to you by… Your Name” banner on a stage at the Folklife Festival or a NWFL event