Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival is a community-powered celebration of the arts, culture, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. Prior to 2020, over 6,000 artists and culture-bearers brought cultural expressions to audiences across 25 stages alongside 200 food and craft vendors and 500 volunteers annually. Since 1972, the Northwest Folklife Festival has gathered upwards of 250,000 participants at Seattle Center during Memorial Day weekend. The festival has been proudly powered by donations for over 50 years.
In 2021, Northwest Folklife will present a virtual experience in response to community health mandates related to COVID-19. This year’s festival will feature multiple program channels and a virtual marketplace that brings together local culture bearers, artists, creatives, sponsors, and merchants all on one platform.
The 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-31, 2021) online at nwfolklife.org. #Folklife50
Visit the schedule page for a full description of the festival programming to come.
List of participating artists found here.