Seattle Center Arena Construction

The redevelopment of KeyArena into a world-class arena will begin this fall under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Seattle and Oak View Group. The construction project, currently scheduled to last for two years,   could impact the scope of our annual Northwest Folklife Festival in 2019 and 2020.

Northwest Folklife has been in conversations with Seattle Center and Oak View Group concerning the redevelopment, and we will communicate with our community as  the project plans become solidified and we know more. Please note that although there will be changes to the layout and size of the Festival in 2019 and 2020, the annual gatherings will still take place on Seattle Center grounds.

Northwest Folklife is committed to creating opportunities for all to share, celebrate, and showcase the cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest. We are dedicated to working closely with cultural communities to ensure equity throughout our programs including the abundant array of genres represented in Northwest Folklife’ s programs.

Northwest Folklife’s cause of ‘Cultural Inclusion’ includes ensuring marginalized and underrepresented community’s voices are heard through these times of change and prioritization of programs.


For more information, please visit the following resources:

Seattle Center Arena Renovation Project

Seattle Center Arena Draft Environmental Impact Statement