Get Involved


Interested in gaining access to a diverse audience of approximately 250,000 attendees?  Become a sponsor of the Northwest Folklife Festival and be a part of the largest free cultural arts and music Festival in North America! Please email  Sponsorship@nwfolklife.org for more information.

Complete list of sponsors

2011 Festival Wrap-Up Report


Volunteers are an essential part of the Northwest Folklife Festival! Every year, nearly 800 volunteers staff our entrances, information booths, registration and more to make sure we have the most welcoming community arts Festival in the city. 

Click here for more information about being a volunteer at the 2012 Northwest Folklife Festival.


You can help make it possible for our small non-profit arts organization to produce the largest free community arts festival in the United States at no direct cost to the community. Your tax-deductible donation also supports educational programs and events, our Roots and Branches recording series, and other general expenses. Find out more or:


Northwest Folklife is now accepting applications for the 2012 Festival. If you would like to apply or need more information visit the Performer Application Page.

Festival performers who need a stage diagram can download one here.

Street performers need not apply, but must adhere to the Street Performer Rules.

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The 2011 Press Kit is available. Please email Tara Cunningham at marketing@nwfolklife.org with all press inquiries.

Folklife in the News:

5.24.2011, Sound on the Sound: So you’re not going to Sasquatch? Go to Folklife Instead!

5.30.2011, The Seattle Times: Lots to Catch the eye at opening day of Folklife Festival

2.14.2011, The Seattle Times: Northwest Folklife Festival to highlight Bulgarian culture

3.17.2011, Queen Anne View: Northwest Folklife gearing up, seeking volunteers


After a successful 2011 Festival, standby as we recoup and prep vendor applications for the 2012 Festival.  Applications for the below vendors will be available soon!

  • Craft Vendor

  • Food Vendor

  • The Uncommon Market

  • Living Green Courtyard

  • Sidewalk Vendor

Work (or Intern) for Folklife

For employment and internship opportunities, please visit the Employment page.