Performing at the Festival


Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 47th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 25-28, 2018, 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! Click on one of the applications below to get started.

Applications are due by December 1, 2017, but late applications will be accepted until the end of December. 

Music Application

Dance Application

Storytelling/Spoken Word Application

Workshop Application

Additional Required Documents for the applications

Stage Diagram

Input List

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

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest community-powered arts festival in the United States. It is presented each year in Seattle by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Folklife 2014 - Saturday

Last year Northwest Folklife programmed over 5,000 performers in 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to hip-hop. We presented dance performances representing cultures from Ireland to India. We believe everyone is a bearer of folk arts, and we encourage communities to share their cultural traditions, in the hope that interaction with new audiences will enrich the community as much as the audience.

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

Still have questions? Email our programming team now.