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51st Annual Northwest Folklife - May 27-30

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51st Annual Northwest Folklife - May 27-30

Sponsored by KNKX. The 51st Annual Northwest Folklife Festival (May 27-30, 2022) will include programming that includes music, dance, spoken word, visual arts, films, participatory dances, and workshops spanning 16 stages for an anticipated audience of over 200,000. KNKX will be on site Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by and say hello!

New features of the festival include:
Robust virtual selection of programming streaming at
Makers’ Space to feature the tactile elements of folk traditions
Short Film Showcase highlighting a wide expanse of voices
Welcome Stage located by Mercer Street will meet attendees with music of all kinds to jump start the celebration as they enter festival grounds

Per the cultural focus, Metamorphosis: In with the Old, In with the New, some long-time favorite spaces will be back, including:

Participatory dancing at Warren’s Roadhouse
Circle of Indigenous Peoples celebration with stories, dancing, music and more at the Broad Street Lawn
A return to the Mural Amphitheater, Cornish Courtyard, and Bagley Wright Theater

KNKX presents these showcases hosted by Abe Beeson:

High School Swing Dance - Friday, May 27 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Fisher Pavilion

School of Jazz showcase - Sunday, May 29 on the Fountain Lawn Stage
The E.J. Brannan Trio from the University of Washington from 11-11:30 a.m.
The Shorecrest Jazz Combo from 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Newly revised Covid-19 policies for the in-person programming will ensure that the festival will be able to serve all of the community. Masks are highly encouraged at the festival, with most indoor spaces requiring masks and proof of vaccination at the doors. For more information about how we are working to protect against the threats of COVID-19, visit the website here.

A Seattle institution for more than 50 years, Northwest Folklife has been building to this re-emergence with intentionality and community safety in mind. You can view the full schedules at Northwest Folklife’s sites.

More information here:

Seattle Center
Every week through May 30, 2022.
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Event Supported By

Northwest Folklife
(206) 684–7300

Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 684-7200