Northwest Folklife Festival




You can help make it possible for our small non-profit arts organization to produce the largest community-powered arts festival in the United States at no direct cost to the community. Your tax-deductible donation also supports educational programs and events, our 2nd Annual Seattle Children’s Festival, and other general expenses.

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Thank you for your interest in performing at the 2019 Northwest Folklife Festival. Applications closed on December 1, 2019. Fortunately, there are many ways to participate in the festival–be a part of one of the largest community arts festivals in the nation.

Bringing your instrument to the festival? Great! There’s plenty of jamming around Seattle Center grounds and areas available for street performing. For more information about Street Performing, click here.

ATTENTION PERFORMERS: Click here for information regarding your day-of-performance. If you have any questions, call (206) 684-4189.

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Interested in gaining access to a diverse audience of approximately 250,000 attendees? Become a sponsor of the Northwest Folklife Festival and be a part of the largest community-powered cultural arts and music Festival in North America.

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Volunteers are an essential part of the Northwest Folklife Festival. Every year, nearly 500 volunteers staff our entrances, information booths, registration and more to make sure we have the most welcoming community arts Festival in the region.

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Become a Vendor

Each year hundreds of vendors from the Pacific Northwest participate in Northwest Folklife, selling foods from all over the world, handmade craft items and specialty goods. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please visit the Become a Vendor page.

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Street performers need not apply but must adhere to the Street Performer Rules.

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