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Perform at the Northwest Folklife Festival


Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 48th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 24-27, 2019, at the Seattle Center. If you or your group is based in the Northwest region, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana, this is a great opportunity to share your music and traditions! Artists and performers are not paid, and we are ever grateful for their donation of time and talents.

2019 Performer Applications

Applications to perform at the 2019 Northwest Folklife Festival have closed. Please email our programming team at for any further inquiries. 

Please note: Due to the Key Arena redevelopment, there will be significant changes on Seattle Center grounds that will affect programming for the 2019 Folklife Festival. To learn more, click here.


Additional Required Documents for the Applications

Stage Diagram

Input List

Participants’ Code of Conduct

Note that applications will not be processed without these documents. If you have already submitted them as part of this online application, thank you! If you need to submit them separately, please submit all stage diagrams to, or mail to ATTN: PROGRAMMING Northwest Folklife, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109

About the Northwest Folklife Festival

Each year, Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center partner to present the Northwest Folklife Festival, one of the largest, multicultural, access-for-all festivals in the nation! This is the place to learn, dance, play, try something new, and to discover the arts and cultures that thrive in our Pacific Northwest communities.

Presenting more than 5,000 performers, the Festival draws from the 100+ cultural communities that Northwest Folklife collaborates with year-round. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. The Northwest Folklife Festival is our key annual event bringing up to 250,000 people over four days to the Seattle Center.

Interested in how we select bands and performance groups? Click here to read our Programming FAQ.

Still have questions? Email our programming team.