Northwest Folkife

Apply to the Festival


Applications for the 2023 Northwest Folklife Festival are live!

This year’s festival will take place May 26th-29th on the Seattle Center grounds. Preference is given to performers from the region - Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Western Montana.

Applications are due on December 2nd, 2022. This is earlier than in year’s past, so please plan accordingly. This earlier deadline will allow us more time to build, program and spread the word about this event, which we believe will benefit everyone involved.  We will still continue to accept applications after the deadline, but preference will be given to those who submit on time. 

Before you begin your application, there are a handful of items you should have prepared. First, you will need a recent performance sample. This can be any kind of video or audio recording that will give our reviewers a feel for your performance style. We prefer samples be uploaded as a link rather than the actual file. We can also accept samples by mail if you only have CDs.

Secondly, you will need a completed stage diagram. A stage diagram is a visual representation of what your stage set up is, and should include any equipment you will need for your performance. Our programming team uses these to determine which stage is the best fit for your group. Even if you have a simple set up, like a single microphone or recorded music, we still need a diagram from you. Below you will find links to blank stage diagrams you can download and complete before submitting your application. If you need help, please feel free to email us at

All artist must agree to the Artist Code of Conduct.

Application links are below

    Northwest Folklife is committed to the health and safety of our community. Regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable at this time to say what our protocols around masking, social distancing, and vaccinations will be for the 2023 Festival. We will keep all applicants up-to-date as we continue to adapt our policies based on guidance from the city, state, and federal level.