Getting Around


Wait, so the Festival is FREE? How is this possible?
Yes, the Northwest Folklife Festival is free to the public! However, in order to keep the Festival free for future generations, we suggest a donation of $10 per person per day (or $20 fpr family/groups). You can also become a Friend of Folklife and receive special benefits and free stuff.

Who puts on the Northwest Folklife Festival?
The Festival is produced by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals and communities of the Pacific Northwest to celebrate, share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations. You can learn more about Northwest Folklife here.

If I donate to Folklife at the Festival, where does my money go?
As you can imagine, producing a festival is expensive! Tax-deductible donations provide general operating funds and help us continue to showcase talented musicians, provide fun activities for children, offer community dance venues, and so much more. Make a donation online here.



Can I bring my beloved household pet?
For the safety and consideration of all Festival guests, we request that you leave dogs, ferrets, potbellied pigs, and all other pets at home.


Is Seattle Center wheelchair accessible?
All venues at Seattle Center are wheelchair accessible. If you need a wheelchair at the Festival, a limited number are available at Festival Services located on the third floor of the Center House. Additional accessibility information is available in the Parking section of “Getting There.”

I’m an ASL interpreter. How can I help the Festival?
If you are an ASL interpreter and are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers @ nwfolklife.org.


Will I be able to find an ATM?
There are 10 ATMs on or near Seattle Center grounds. However, lines can be long; plan ahead if you can.

Information Booths

Where can I get information once I’m at the Festival?
There are eleven information booths on Seattle Center grounds during the Festival. These information booths, staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, are your best place to learn about performance schedules, craft vendors, where to eat and much more! Please consult your Festival Guide for info booth locations.

Bag Storage

I don’t feel like carrying my belongings with me. Where can I stash my stuff?
A public checkroom is available for your convenience in the Fisher Pavilion Roadhouse. Checkroom hours are Friday–Sunday, 11am–11pm and Monday from 11am–9pm. The cost is $2 for a one-time check and $5 for unlimited access per day.

Festival Map

Check back in May for a 2012 grounds map.