The Seattle Children’s Festival returns for its 6th year on September 21-22, 2019. Stay tuned for the full schedule, coming soon! View the 2018 schedule below.


206 Zulu presents Prince vs. Prince

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Armory Court

Learn how to Hip Hop dance with skilled youth performers from 206 Zulu: Prince vs Prince Dance Competition. 206 Zulu is a network of individuals whose shared mission and purpose is to work with and empower local communities. They work with youth, low-income and people of color through creative and innovative means. Learn more

African Drum & Dancing with Sumayya Diop

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Fisher Pavilion

Be a participant and groove to the beat with Sumayya Diop. Sumayya Diop has been dancing, drumming, and singing with youth, young adults, and adults in the Seattle area for more than 10 years. Trained by “Jali” of West Africa and professional artists of all disciplines, Sumayya currently is a teaching artist with Arts Corp and The Nature Consortium. Learn more

Bollywood Dance with Rangeela

10:45 AM- 11:30 AM Armory Loft 3

Learn a variety of styles ranging from Bollywood, Bhangra and more by trained Indian classical dancers from Rangeela, Seattle’s Premier Bollywood Fusion dance company. This group of talented women share a common passion for spreading awareness about the vibrant South Asian culture in the Seattle community. Learn more

Bilingual Storytime with Andrea Torres

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Armory Loft 1B

Para Los Niños is proud to present storytime with Andrea Torres. PLN builds academic success for every Latino student through parent and community involvement. Andrea is a Mexican-Indigenous teacher, storyteller and artist whose passion for storytelling is a gift from her purépecha grandmother. Learn more

Caspar Babypants

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Fisher Pavilion

Seattle’s original kindie rocker is back again! Caspar Babypants, Chris Ballew, creates simple funny organic acoustic timeless sing along music for kids ages 0-6 and parents of all ages to enjoy together, so bring the whole family to hear his newest hits! Learn more

Drag Queen Storytime with Aleksa Manila

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Armory Loft 1B

All ages storytime! Aleksa Manila is a celebrated and respected drag personality who will be sharing stories for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more

Foley Workshop with Bushwick Northwest

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Armory Loft 1A

Learn about how sounds are created in Movies, TV, Video Games and Radio and how perspective can change with sound and audio in this Foley Workshop. Join Bushwick Northwest’s program as takes a different approach to songwriting and sound by telling a story through creating Sound FX/Foley.

Grupo Folklórico Nuestras Raíces

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Armory Court

Grupo Folklórico Nuestras Raíces is a youth folk dance group dedicated to promoting Mexican culture throughout the Pacific Northwest. The group started in 2015 composed of youth with roots in Mexico and passion for folk music and dance with the intention of keeping their culture alive. Learn more

Handmade Crankies with Sandy Buchner

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Armory Loft 1B

Come learn about Crankies with Sandy Buchner! A crankie is an old storytelling art form called a moving panorama. Sandy is a musician, crankie artist and an elementary music teacher in the Seattle area since 1995. She is also a co-founder of a Folk Art Camps called Happy Squirrel Arts, a Project of Cascadianow. Learn more

Irish dance with Comerford School

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Armory Loft 3

Learn the fundamentals of Irish Step dancing with the Comerford School of Irish Dance! Over the past 20+ years, they produced many champion dancers, while giving hundreds of children a sense of self-confidence and stage presence. Learn more

Rajasthani Dance with Katrina Ji

12:00 – 12:30 Fisher Pavilion

Learn Rajasthani Dance with Katrina Ji, the Artistic Director of Culture Shakti Dance Company & Rajasthani Caravan! Culture Shakti offers a fun Bollywood dance workshop for everyone of all ages and orientations to explore movement in their body as they are. It is a fun, safe space for all people to dance, so people without any dance experience often call Culture Shakti home and some have evolved to become professional dancers. Culture Shakti is Katrina Ji’s world of dance, so come AS YOU ARE for fun, fitness or for stage! Learn more

Learn Hula Dancing with Huraiti Mana

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Armory Court

Participate with Huraiti Mana and become skilled dancers through lessons in Hula and Tahitian dance. Huraiti Mana is a Seattle Polynesian dance troupe led by Kalei’okalani Onzuka. They infuse classes with laughter, shared stories, and passionate work, celebrating values of aloha and family. Learn more

Music Together

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Armory Loft 4

You’ll be singing, dancing, and playing instruments to your favorite tunes in this workshop with Music Center of the Northwest! MCNW give families with children from birth through age 8 the chance to get in touch with their inner musician and connect with other families.Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, big kids—and the grownups who love them—gather to make music as a community. Learn more

Percussion Workshop with Seattle Drum School

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Armory Loft 4

Celebrate the rhythms of life and the joy of community music-making with Seattle Drum School of Music! To inspire a lifetime of learning, Seattle Drum School of Music has provided private lessons and ensemble classes to students of all ages and experience levels in the greater Seattle area for over thirty years. Learn more

Radost Folk Ensemble

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Armory Court

Radost has been performing the dance and music of Eastern Europe for 42 years at festivals and in school residencies. Radost is proud to have many members of the adult group who are second generation dancers or who have come up through the children’s group and stayed, forming lifelong friendships through folklore. Learn more

Rhapsody Project: 7 / 8 Strings

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Fisher Pavilion

The Rhapsody Project teaches American roots music through programs that promote empathy, equity, and study of one’s personal and cultural heritage. Rhapsody integrates performance and teaching through public events and school workshops designed to facilitate cross-generational, cross-cultural interactions through music. Learn more

Rhythms for the Young Brain with Kofi Anang

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Armory Loft 4

Come join Kofi Anang in exploring the rich culture of West Africa! Rhythms for the Young Brain workshop is an innovative and exciting opportunity for kids and families to perform with Ocheami. Through song, dance, drumming and storytelling, members of Ocheami bring Africa to you as they’ll provide Jembe Drums for a deep cultural experience. Learn more

Theater for Young Children

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Armory Loft 1B

Enjoy family-friendly theater performances for our youngest audiences! This workshop will stimulate the imagination, engage the intellect, strengthen physical skill and enhance curiosity. It’s provided by Sweet Peas Cottage, School of the Arts, a place to find joy in self-discovery while building positive relationships with others. Learn more

Washington Diamonds Drill Team

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM Armory Court

Washington Diamonds Award Winning Drill Team & Drumline is a nonprofit and was formed in 2010 out of the desire of two parents to see inner city youth come together to learn challenging choreography, build self-esteem, a positive environment and develop team building in the community. Learn more

Watch and Play Scarecrow Video

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Armory Loft 1A

Take a seat and enjoy the entertainment! With its vast collection of 131,000 titles, Scarecrow Video is one of the largest and most important video libraries in the world located in the University District neighborhood. Nearly every night Scarecrow offers free films, lectures, and unique programming in The Screening Room.


= Movement Series

FISHER PAVILION STAGE Sponsored by Bright Horizons

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Nepali Dance with Nepal Seattle Society
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Morning Star Korean Cultural Center
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Rajasthani Dance with Katrina Ji
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Caspar Babypants
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Rhapsody Project Presents: 7 / 8 Strings
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM African Drum & Dancing with Sumayya Diop
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM STG Presents: Global Party with the Shorecrest High School Dance Team

ARMORY COURT STAGE Sponsored by City Arts

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Opening Celebration with Tloke Nahuake
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM El Rey 1360 presents: Grupo Folklorico Nuestras Raices
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Familes of Color Seattle presents: Hula Dancing with Huraiti Mana
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM 206 Zulu Presents: Prince vs. Prince
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Swing Lessons with Century Ballroom’s Dean Paton
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM KNKX Presents: The Elijah Baradi Quintet
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Washington Diamonds Drill Team
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Radost Folk Ensemble

Armory Loft 1A: Low Lighting Space

From 1:00 PM -5:00 PM lights will remain dimmed and noise will be minimal in this space. Use it to take a moment to relax, regroup, and ground yourself with self paced calm body exercises.

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Sound FX/Foley workshop with Bushwick Northwest
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Watch and Play with Scarecrow Video
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Low Sensory Workshop with KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Armory Loft 1B: Stories and More

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Drag Queen Storytime with Aleksa Manila
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Para Los Niños Presents: Bilingual Storytime with Andrea Torres
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Handmade Crankies with Sandy Buchner
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Theatre for Young Children with Sweet Pea Cottage

Armory Loft 3: Dance Workshops Sponsored by Event Technology Rentals

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Bollywood Dance with Rangeela Dance Company
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Learn Tinikling Dance
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Brazilian Capoeira with International Capoeira Angola Foundation
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Irish Dance with Comerford School of Irish Dance

Armory Loft 4: Music and Song Sponsored by KSER

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Music Center of the Northwest Presents: Music Together
11:45 AM – 12:30 AM Hawaiian Ukulele and Songs with Halau Hula o Napualani
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Rhythms for the Young Brain with Kofi Anang
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Percussion Workshop with Seattle Drum School