Northwest Folklife Festival Returns to Seattle Center


2022-05-28 Hardly Raining

After two years of a virtual-only festival format, the Northwest Folklife Festival returned in person at Seattle Center this Memorial Day Weekend. The theme of the 51st annual event is “Metamorphosis: in with the old, in with the new.”

Blues artist Lady A performs at the Fountain Lawn
Blues artist Lady A performs at the Fountain Lawn (photo: Lisa Hagen Glynn).

Across 16 stages, the in-person festival features music, dancing, film, visual art, buskers, and other folk offerings from around the world. Some programs are accessible virtually.

Dancers at A Journey Along the Nile showcase
Dancers at A Journey Along the Nile showcase (photo: Lisa Hagen Glynn).

A $20/day donation is suggested, but admission is free. The event continues through Monday, May 30.

Attendees dance in the rain at the Mural Amphitheatre
Festival-goers dance in the rain at the Mural Amphitheatre (photo: Lisa Hagen Glynn).


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