Our Big Neighborhood – old

Through intergenerational, multi-cultural exchange, we aim to promote greater social understanding.

Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center are proud to present Our Big Neighborhood, a youth and family program that provides opportunities to share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations. With events scheduled all year round, there’s always an opportunity to have fun and learn something new with family, friends, and all  of us who make up Our Big Neighborhood!

Here are the Our Big Neighborhood events you can look forward to in 2018:

Movin’ Around the World

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

This program encourages kids and their families to experience cultures of the world through seeing and doing. Get moving by dancing alongside experienced teaching artists and learn some new moves!


Northwest Folklife Festival: Discovery Zone

May 25-28, 2018 | 11 AM – 6 PM | Seattle Center

Now in its 47th year, the Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the cultures and traditions of the region through music, dance, workshops, and more. With family-friendly performances and activities, The Discovery Zone is a place within the Festival to explore, create, and have fun with the whole family. For more information visit our Northwest Folklife Festival page.


Global Playground

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

Set in Seattle’s most unique playground, this outdoor program mixes cultural connectivity with outdoor play.


Seattle Children’s Festival

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

This intergenerational, multi-cultural exchange aims to develop minds and bodies through movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities. For more information visit the Seattle Children’s Festival page.


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 that bring families together.

If your organization would like to get involved with Our Big Neighborhood, please let us know! Email anna@nwfolklife or call (206) 615-1725.