2018 Our Big Neighborhood Programs

From workshops to performances and interactive experiences, there are many ways to experience the cultures and traditions of Our Big Neighborhood. Check out all the events for 2018 below!


Movin’ Around the World

April 7-13, 2018 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Seattle Center Armory

Experience the cultures of the world through seeing and doing! Through a unique combination of performance and interactive lessons, you can fully immerse yourself in the variety of folk customs and cultures of the Seattle region. Presented during the week of Seattle Public School’s Spring Break, music, dance, and hands on activities will be available that celebrate the diversity and traditions of our own big neighborhood with a new focus each day.


Global Playground

August 4, 11, 18, 2018 |  4 PM – 7 PM | Artists at Play at Seattle Center

The perfect urban summertime activity, Global Playground mixes cultural connectivity with outdoor play. Set in Seattle’s most unique playground, this series celebrates outdoor fun through coordinated playground games and interactive dance and movement workshops rooted in cultural traditions. Local bands will provide a musical backdrop to keep you moving, playing and learning!


Seattle Children’s Festival

September 22, 2018 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion

This packed day will develop minds and bodies through movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities. With 5 stages and more than 25 performers, Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival will engage you in the Northwest’s multi-cultural ‘folklife’ while introducing you to new and beloved cultures and traditions.


Winterfest Launch Party

November 23, 2018 | Seattle Center Armory

Continuing the tradition of Seattle Center’s Winterfest, Northwest Folklife will support the initial launch event with student and cultural performances and activities. This is the perfect event to help usher in the holiday season!