Northwest Folklife Festival. Photo by Christopher Nelson
Bumbershoot. Photo: Christopher Nelson
Northwest Folklife Festival. Photo by Christopher Nelson


Seattle’s Annual Festival Calendar

Festivals All Year-Round

Whether your interests include music, dance, theatre, heritage, films or food, Seattle is your destination for festivals. We offer arts and cultural celebrations year round, with the biggest of all being the fabulous party that is Bumbershoot, the Labor Day weekend spectacular that features more than 2,500 visual and performing artists. Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the five best festivals in the U.S. And we’re justifiably proud of Seattle International Film Festival, the longest running, largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States.







Upcoming Festivals

Northwest Folklife Festival

Seattle Center
5/22/2015 through 5/25/2015

Northwest Folklife features over 7,000 performers, participatory dances, workshops, crafts, food and more.

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Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club: Adios Tour

Paramount Theatre
10/2/2015 through 10/2/2015

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club released its only studio album, produced by Ry Cooder, in 1997 and achieved …

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Nathan Vincent’s Let’s Play War!

Bellevue Arts Museum
6/19/2015 through 10/18/2015

Nathan Vincent’s first solo museum exhibition Let’s Play War!debuts at Bellevue Arts Museum. Taking inspiration from the packs …

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Stile Antico: The Touches of Sweet Harmony

Town Hall Seattle
4/9/2016 through 4/9/2016

Firmly established as one of the most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles, the 12 members of Stile Antico …

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Danish String Quartet

Meany Hall for the Performing Arts
11/4/2015 through 11/4/2015

The Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for possessing an integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. …

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Twisted Groove

The Royal Room
5/9/2015 through 5/9/2015

A night of Seattle’s finest funk!

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Kalahi Philippine Dancers

Crossroads Shopping Center
6/20/2015 through 6/20/2015

Back by popular demand, Northwest Folklife’s curated, family-friendly cultural arts performance series returns to Bellevue’s Crossroads Mall for …

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The Milk Carton Kids

Moore Theatre
10/6/2015 through 10/6/2015

Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids present a refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called …

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Showgirls with David Schmader

The Triple Door
5/20/2015 through 5/20/2015

Schmader presents his legendary annotated screening of Paul Verhoeven’s magically terrible stripper drama with special guest and Showgirls …

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ACT Theatre
6/5/2015 through 6/28/2015

Award-winning local playwright Yussef El Guindi returns to ACT with a play that is both a sex comedy …

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