Getting There

Festival Hours

When does the Festival begin and end each day?
Festival programming begins at 11am and concludes at 10pm from Friday until Sunday. The Festival runs from 11am until 9pm on Monday. Food vendor hours may vary.

Driving & Parking

What should I be aware of if I plan to drive to the festival?
There are some road improvement projects that may affect your usual route to Seattle Center. Please check the SDOT and WSDOT websites for more information and updates.
There are also other exciting events happening at Seattle Center on Memorial Day weekend that will draw even more people, including the opening of Pacific Science Center’s King Tut exhibit and one of the first weekends for the new Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum.

Where should I park if I plan to drive to Seattle Center?
There are several paid lots within a three block radius of Seattle Center. However, bear in mind that these lots fill up by midday and can have high rates. Whenever possible, we recommend taking the bus, your bike or your feet to the Festival.

Where can I find disabled parking?
All lots around Seattle Center have designated disabled parking spots. Check with a parking attendant if all the available spaces are full. You will also find designated spots on 2nd Avenue N in two locations: just north of Mercer Street and just south of Thomas Street.

Public Transportation

Which bus should I take to get to Seattle Center?
The following routes go to or near Seattle Center: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 24, 26, 28, 30, 33,  45,  81, and 82. To plan your trip, visit the Metro Transit Trip Planner.

What’s this about a King Country Metro Folklife Shuttle?
Save time, save money, and have a more enjoyable ride to and from this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival. Ride the King County Metro Folklife Shuttle! This year there are two routes to choose from: a Southbound route running from Northgate to SeattleCenter, and a Northbound route running from Renton.

You can pick up or exit the Northgate shuttle at the following locations: NE 100th St & 3rd Ave NE; Northgate Transit Center; Aurora Ave & 85th St.

The Northgate shuttle departs approximately every 20 minutes until 8 PM. Please visit Metro’s website for complete route schedule.

You can board the Renton shuttle at the S. Renton Park & Ride at S. 2nd St. and Burnett Ave S., with direct service to Seattle Center. The S. Renton P&R shuttle departs approximately every half-hour, beginning daily at 9:20 AM until 8 PM.

Both shuttles pick up and drop off passengers on the north side of SeattleCenter, near Teatro Zinzanni, at 3rd Ave N and N Mercer St. Departures from the Seattle Center are scheduled every 20 minutes until the gates close. The shuttle costs $2.50 per person (cash only) and is equipped to carry bikes while space allows.

How else can I get to the festival?
The Seattle Monorail goes directly to Seattle Center from Downtown. The Monorail departs every ten minutes, running between Seattle Center station, adjacent to the Space Needle, and Westlake Center Mall station, at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street.



What if I want to ride my bike?
Good for you! There are several large corrals to accommodate your bike. See our festival map for locations. To plan your trip, visit the Department of Transportation’s Bicycling Guide Map.


I’m looking for a hotel for Memorial Day weekend. Any suggetions?
Here is a list of our hotel sponsors. Be sure to ask each hotel for the special Northwest Folklife Festival Rate!

  • The Mediterranean Inn
    425 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle
    (206) 428-4700
    (866) 525-4700
    This is Mediterranean Inn’s 10th year sponsoring the Folklife Festival! It is located ust across the street from Seattle Center. Receive $10 off prevailing rates. Call for current rates or email info@mediterranean-inn.com
  • Belltown Inn
    2301 3rd. Avenue, Seattle
    (206) 529-3700
    (866) 525-4704
    Centrally located in the heart of the Belltown neighborhood. Receive $10 off prevailing rates. Call for current rates or email info@belltown-inn.com.
  • Courtyard by Marriott
    925 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle
    (800) 228-9290
    Walking distance to Seattle Center. Ask by phone for the official Folklife rate of $119/night. Book now through April 26th for this special rate!
  • Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel
    520 S. King Street, Seattle
    (206) 622-5443
    Minutes away to Seattle Center by car and bus routes. Located in the International District/Chinatown/Japantown of Downtown. Special rate to Festival guests and performers of $22 per person, per night for a bed in a shared 4 bed dorm. Special rate of $80 per night for the rental of an entire room (4 beds together).
  • Hotel Nexus
    2140 North Northgate Way
    (206) 365-0700
    Hotel Nexus – Special rate for Folklife Festival is $99 for premium guest rooms. We offer Free WIFI, a Free Hot Buffet Breakfast, Free Parking! Leave the driving to us, and arrange for our Free Local Shuttle to the downtown Seattle area. Call 1-800–435-0754 and Remember to ask for the Folklife Festival Special rate!