Northwest Folkife

Community Calendar

English Country Dance

English Country Dance  Schedule located at

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

The Moth: True Stories Told Live


3RD FRIDAYS @ ST MARK’S BLOEDEL HALL 1245 10th Ave East, Seattle (around back)

Both shows: 7:00 pm Doors, 8:00 pm show, all ages, PG-13*, mostly seated 

The Moth StorySLAM  World-renowned storytelling event & top arts podcast as heard on NPR! Different theme every show!

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


The Spanish Ballroom Jazz Jam with Kareem Kandi

Every Monday   6 pm doors, 7 pm show  ALL AGES SHOW 

The Spanish Ballroom 565 BROADWAY, TACOMA, WA 98402

Presented by McMenamins and The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra: Monday night jazz jam features a professional house rhythm comprised of some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest. Musicians of all skill levels are welcome to participate!!.

Every Brillian Thing @ACT Theater

Every Brilliant Thing

Friday, March 17, 2023, 7:30PM - Sunday, April 2, 2023, 2:00PM

The hit play and international sensation Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Strings for Peace A Concert with Amjad Ali Khan, Sharon Isbin, Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash @Meany Hall

Friday, March 24 2023 8:00 pm

Strings for Peace A Concert with Amjad Ali Khan, Sharon Isbin, Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash

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

    Tickets start at $38

      Town Hall Family Concert Series Presents: R E P O S A D O

      Saturday, March 25, 2023, 11:00 AM 

      R E P O S A D O: Rediscovering Latinx Heritage thru Music, Poetry, and Dance featuring J.P. Builes 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

        REPOSADO combines jazz, Latin, Afro, and funk along with some of the traditional aspects of music from J.P.'s Latin heritage.

        Music brings us together and the connection is essential to the human experience. The mission is to give children access to these vibrations and this level of musicality, hoping that they hear the message we spread.

        Evie Ladin & Keith Terry @Phinney Center Concert Hall

        Saturday, March 25 2023 7:30-10:00 pm

        Evie Ladin & Keith Terry Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

        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.

          The Motherboard Suite Music Performed by Saul Williams, Directed by Bill T. Jones.

          Saturday April 1 2023 8:00 PM

          The Motherboard Suite Music Performed by Saul Williams. Directed by Bill T. Jones.

          Tickets start at $28

          Walter Cano Band @ Metier Brewery CD

          Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6-8 pm

          Northwest Folklife Presents: Walter Cano Band 

  2616 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122

            Walter Cano is an award-nominated jazz musician, seasoned music educator and Seattle JazzED alumnus. He joins the Seattle JazzED team as the Family Support Advocate and Equipment Specialist.

            His professional career began during his musical education at Michigan State University where he directed Jazz Octet IV and taught private lessons. Upon graduation, he returned to his hometown in Washington state and taught high school jazz as well before focusing on jazz performance. He is currently the lead trumpet for Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band and The Jazz Orchestra at the Dr. Phillips Center. In his free time, he teaches his cat new tricks.

            Equipped with years as a musician and music educator, Walter aims to empower children in music by improving access to education, particularly in Latinx communities. His work seeks to remove existing barriers by directly supporting families in need.


            Fatoumata Diawara @ Meany Hall – Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

            Saturday, April 15, 2023, 8:00 pm

            Fatoumata Diawara

            Meany Center for the Performing Arts, University of Washington, Meany Hall
            Tickets start at $33


            Step Afrika! Drumfolk

            Thursday, April 20 -April 22, 2023

            Step Afrika! Drumfolk

            Meany Center for the Performing Arts, University of Washington, Meany Hall
            Tickets start at $53


            The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc @Phinney Center Concert Hall

            Sunday, April 30 2023 7:00 pm-9:30 pm

            The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
   Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle



            Manazma Sheen @ Metier Brewery CD

            Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6-8 PM

            Northwest Folklife Presents Manazma Sheen  

   2616 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122

              We are an instrumental group of musicians based in Seattle, Washington seeking to groove and swing and rock, and everything in between. We focus on playing original compositions and arrangements of music by people we admire.
              Manazma Sheen is
              Trevor P on bass
              Alfred Marra on vibes
              Jun Iida on trumpet
              Jackson Cotugno tenor
              Davy Nefos drums



              Town Hall Family Concert Series Presents :Bayan Ko with Ihaw Ihaw

              Saturday, May 20th, 2023, 11:00 AM

              Bayan Ko

     1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

                Celebrating Philippine Songs of Protest, Past & Present with music by Ihaw Ihaw

                "Bayan Ko" translates loosely to My Land, or, My Fatherland. It is also the most recognizable and popular protest song in The Philippines. It is also a kundiman, which is a genre of traditional Filipino ballads or love songs.

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