NW Folklife THIS WEEKEND


  • 51st Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

  • May 27-30, 2022, at Seattle Center

  • Friday - Sun: 11 AM - 10 PM

  • Monday: 11 AM - 9 PM

Northwest Folklife is an independent nonprofit arts organization that celebrates the intergenerational, multicultural arts, traditions, and heritage of the Pacific Northwest.

Vision Statement:

Strengthening our communities through arts & culture

Mission Statement:

Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Northwest Folklife presents the 51st Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest! With more than 2200 artists, 16 stages, 200 vendors, 100+ cultural communities, 700 volunteers, hours of participatory dance, and up to 250,000 annual attendees, this remains one of the nation's largest and last access-for-all festivals.

What’s new this year?

  • 16 stages with over 2200 performers representing over 100+ cultural communities

  • 22 food vendors representing flavors from all around the world

  • 100 local craft & import vendors

  • New Venue: the Welcome Stage

  • Hybrid Programming: The Quilt Sessions and Folklife Film Forum

  • Maker’s Space

  • With no tickets and no gates, the Northwest Folklife Festival is committed to access for all. There is a suggested donation of $20 per person.

  • Northwest Folklife presents the 51st Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest!

  • More than 2200 artists, 16 stages, 200 vendors, 100+ cultural communities, 700 volunteers, hours of participatory dance, and up to 250,000 annual attendees

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