Northwest Folklife Festival

The Northwest Folklife Festival, at Seattle Center, always takes place over Memorial Day weekend (May 24 – 27). This free folk music festival features live entertainment, street performances, a beer garden, handmade crafts, and more. The festival is famous for its flavorful organic food. And this year the event promises a few new activities:


  • A new showcase focusing on traditional dance and music of Asia
  • The return of the hugely popular Bollywood Showcase
  • Crowd-favorites Balkan Misfits Party and Monday night Reggae show
  • The Tractor Tavern’s Urban Square Dance for beginners and expert dancers
  • Indie Roots music across all our stages

WHAT: The Northwest Folklife Festival is a free event.

WHEN: OVER. Check back next May.

WHERE: The Seattle Center – 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109.

SAVVY TIP: The festival draws a huge crowd, so show up early for easier parking. Even the paid lots near the Seattle Center will fill up fast.


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