Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means the annual Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. It’s Folklife’s 44th year bringing performers and artists together to celebrate Pacific Northwest culture.
Folklife kicks off tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd and runs through Monday, May 25th. About 5,000 performers will take part in Folklife this year, and the 2015 Cultural Focus is “Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches” highlighting the cross-cultural roots of Hip Hop in the Pacific Northwest.
This year, the Back Porch Stage is back, featuring traditional styles of American music, plus Paperstock returns for a second year with Pacific Northwest poster art. Folklife also features a family-friendly Discovery Zone with family entertainment, including the Seattle Center’s new Artist at Play area.
Folklife is free, although donations are gladly accepted. You can plan your visit here.
And, a heads up that this event will also impact traffic on Lower Queen Anne, as 60,000 people are expected to attend each day of the Festival. Plan on walking or biking if you’re around for the holiday weekend.