Northwest Folklife

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International Folk Dancers

International Folk Dance schedule located at

Wahington State Contra Dance Schedule

  • Thursdays, 7:00-10:00 Lake City Contra/Old Time Country Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center, 11710 3rd Ave NE, Local & Touring Bands, Sliding scale $10.00-$20.00, (kids & first-time contra dancers free).
  • Fridays, 7:30-10:00, Emerald City Contradance at Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall (Lower Building), 6532 Phinney N. $10-$20 sliding scale. Beginners workshop at 7:00 pm. First-time contra dancers receive a coupon for free admission to a future dance.
  • 2nd Saturdays, 8:00-11:00, Eastside Contradance at Juanita Community Club Dance Hall, 13027 100th Ave NE, Kirkland, $9 (students $5), lesson at 7:30p. Promoted by Folk Horizons
  • Open Band, Open-caller dance. Free dances are held outside at Green Lake every summer, with a pick-up band and open mic for callers. 2019 dates are Wednesday, June 26, Tuesday, July 16, and Wednesday, August 7. The regular (year-round) monthly dance needs new volunteers to organize it! "

Family Dance (contras, squares, etc. for kids under 10 and their families)

      1st Saturdays, 6:30-9:30, Whidbey Contra Dance, Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave, Clinton, $10 suggested donation, the lesson from 6:30-7:00.

  • 1st Saturday in Port Angeles, Sept. through May. Beginners' workshop at 7:30, dance 8:00 - 11:30. Black Diamond Community Dance at Black Diamond Community Center, 1942 Black Diamond Rd, Port Angeles. $8. Information: Erran (360)457-8421 or Tom (360)457-5667
  • 1st Saturdays, Ellensburg Contra Dance
  • 2nd & 4th Saturdays, Olympia Contra Dance, at the South Bay Grange (3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd. NE; Olympia, Washington). 7:30-10:00 pm, 7:00 basics workshop.
  • 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sat, 7:30-10:30, Bellingham Old Time Country Dance. Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Bellingham, WA. Beginner's Workshop 7:00 pm. For more information see the BCDS home page
  • 2nd Friday contra in Vancouver, Contra in The Couve
  • 2nd Saturday, Apple Country Contra Dancers, Broadway Grange, Yakima. Contact: Shelly Jenkins, 509-966-0044
  • 3rd Friday, 8:00-10:00 pm, Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. SE, North Bend. Beginner's workshop at 7:30 pm. Suggested donation is $5-$10. Questions: Tim at or 206-528-3723.
  • 3rd Saturday, 8:00-10:30, Tacoma Contra Dance, Christ Church Wells Hall, 310 North K St, Tacoma, visiting bands every month, workshop at 7:30, $10-$20, sliding scale, Info: Matt Temmel at 253-278-1237 or
  • 3rd Saturday Contra and 2nd Saturday squares, Port Townsend Community Dances
  • Monthly in Anacortes, Skagit Contra Dancers, 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Music by Flowing Tide band. Check web site for the event calendar and venue. $8 at the door. Information: Bill or Betty 360-755-3969.
  • Monthly October through May, Saturday, Darrington Community Dance Instruction 6:30, dance 7:00. Suggested donation: $7. Mansford Grange, 1265 Railroad Rd, Darrington. Information: Matthew 206-402-8646.

  • Seattle Contra community's email Discussion and Announcement lists
  • Check out the Festivals & Camps page for other events with contra dancing.
  • Also check out these other regional resources

Traditional dances of Southeast Europe, @Russian Community Center

Every Friday Night 7:30 (8:30 on class nights) to 10:30

Traditional dances of Southeast Europe Balkan line dancing
 704 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112


Daniel Alexander Jones: I Choose to Remember Us Whole @ Meany Hall

Saturday, April 1, 2023, through Wednesday, May 31, 2023

    Daniel Alexander Jones: I Choose to Remember Us Whole

    Meany Center for the Performing Arts, University of Washington, Meany Hall

    Events are free and open to the public.

    52nd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

    It’s good to see people out and about. It’s good to see people out at shows or in museums, inspired by art and inspiring others with their creativity. It’s good to see people talking in the streets and neighborhoods, tending to their gardens and each other. It’s good to see that amidst all the things going on in the world, and we can still come together to celebrate our joy for the things that keep us connected and uplifted!

    We hope that your folk lives will be brimming with moments, reflections, conversations, and celebrations throughout the weekend and that you will have ‘just enough’ to keep with you through the rest of the year. We invite you to dance with each other, make-believe with your inner (and in real life) kid, sing songs like no one (and everyone) is watching, and tend to the crops that will nurture you through the most trying of times. That is the power of folk--that it compels us to share our stories as a beautiful reminder that we belong to each other.

    Yeah, it’s good to see you. It’s really good!

    Peace & Aloha kākou

    Benjamin Hunter
    Artistic Director

    Reese Tanimura
    Managing Director

    Michelle Demers Shaevitz
    NWFL Board President

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