There is no shortage of things to see and do at the Northwest Folklife Festival. There’s tons of great programming, and there are also some exciting attractions waiting for people in between shows. This includes the second year of the wildly popular Indie Roots at Broad Streetwhere people can listen to up-and-coming local musicians on the adjacent Indie Roots stage.

Interested in environmental sustainability? Learn more in our Living Green Courtyard, where people  could sample organic food and browse sustainable crafts.

Or, if you were looking for a way to entertain the kids, check out the Next Fifty plaza, where they can ride a zipline, play in inflatable rides, and more.

Indie Roots at Broad Street

As a part of the 40th Festival, we introduced the Indie Roots stage featuring independent artists performing acoustic music with roots in many different genres. We are pleased to again present this popular stage, complete with a beer garden and grassy lawn!
This year look for Indie Roots at Broad Street, near the Space Needle and Monorail Station.

Living Green Courtyard

Stop by the 2012 Living Green Courtyard (located in the Alki Court on the northeast corner of Seattle Center). Learn more about how the Northwest Folklife Festival has become one of the most sustainable land largest festivals in the country:

Environmental sustainability is important to Northwest Folklife. We are constantly searching for new ways to make the Festival more “green.” Currently we recycle paper, convert cooking oil into clean-burning biodiesel and compost our food waste. Since 2010 all food vendors used compostable food containers and with the help of Seattle Tilth, we had compost stations around grounds.

Going green is not something we can do alone. We encourage all fans of Folklife to make green transportation choices such as riding the bus, carpooling, biking and walking. Visit our “Getting There” page for tips on bike riding, Metro bus schedules, and info about the Folklife shuttle.

Family & Hands-On Activities

This year only, as part of our Cultural Focus: The Next FIfty, Seattle Center presents the family activity area! Visit the Next 50 plaza instead of the Folklife Commons! Explore this page for descriptions of some of your favorite hands-on pursuits.

Seattle Center Playway
A fun place to play for people of all ages, children to adults! Attractions include a zip line and mechanical and inflatable rides. Presented in partnership with Clowns Unlimited.
$12.00 for an unlimited day pass for all rides except the Zip Line
$19.00 for an unlimited day pass that includes the Zip Line
Individual ride tickets available. Individual rides cost $1.25 to $7.50 per person.

Next 50 Activity Tent
Experiences for all-ages that create lasting impressions of the challenges and opportunities of our future world! This fully enclosed tent is host to interactive activities and exhibits. It also hosts The Next Fifty Experience exhibit. Free!