Northwest Folklife

In Person

In Person Schedule:

Fisher Pavilion

Family Concert with Sunshine Music Together

Sunshine Music Together is the eight-time Golden Teddy Award Winner for Best Music Program in Seattle! Accolades aside, the curriculum at Sunshine Music Together is the real gem. Parents are encouraged to sing, dance and act silly right alongside their child. Why? Because children learn to love making music directly from watching you participate with enjoyment!

Sunshine Music Together helps you to relax, shed inhibitions and enjoy bonding musically with your child. It is an innovative, internationally recognized, researched-based music and movement program for children ages newborn to five years and their parents and caregivers – now also offering Rhythm Kids classes for children aged 5 – 8 years!

Our mission is to make the world a better place by making it more musical! To do this, we bring the highest quality musical and movement curriculum to children and adults everywhere. We engage and encourage the class community in experiences that support making music each day in a natural, authentic and joy-filled way! The 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play –pure fun with your child every week!

Visit their website to learn more!

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for Sunshine Music Together to their Scholarship Fund page.

Huaxing Youth Performing Arts Center

Huaxing Youth Performing Arts Center is an affiliate of Huayin Performing Arts Group - a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and development of Chinese traditional and modern performing arts. Not only do we provide multi-dimensional dance training to youth, we are also committed to fostering a learning-oriented cultural environment and promoting cultural diversity to the young generation. Established in 2004, Huaxing has since partnered with various schools, businesses and organizations, and participated in many cultural performances every year.

Visit the Huayin Performing Arts Group website to learn more.

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist's choosing. Please direct donations for Huaxing Youth Performing Arts Center to their PayPal -

Lion Dance with Master David Leong's Northwest Kung Fu School

Performed by Kung Fu practitioners, traditional Lion Dance in International District is a symbol of good luck, hope, happiness, and celebration. Performed throughout the year for joyous events, the Chinese Lion Dance and Kung Fu in Seattle are most seen during Chinese New Year festivities. People from all over the world watch the lion dance in celebration of what is to come, and delight in the sounds and beats of the drum.

Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness, led by Sifu David F. Leong carries on the tradition of Chinese Hung Kuen Kung-Fu. Hung Kuen Kung Fu originates from southern China and is historically one of the few styles passed on from generation to generation, relatively unchanged within the last few hundred years.

Join us during Seattle Children's Festival for a special parade outside of the Fisher Pavilion!

You can learn more about Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness by visiting their website.

Learn Capoeira with International Capoeira Angola Foundation

The International Capoeira Angola Foundation was founded in 1997 by Mestre Jurandir. When he moved back to Seattle, Mestre Silvinho took over leadership of our group in 2004. Our organization is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of this Afro-Brazilian martial art. Capoeira includes movement, music, singing, history, and philosophy through a body dialogue or questions and answers.

Visit the Union Cultural Center website to learn more. 

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for International Capoeira Angola Foundation to their Venmo page.

Northwest Tap Connection

Northwest Tap Connection is a distinctive urban dance studio specializing in Rhythm Tap. The studio's philosophy is that dance enriches the lives of the students, while developing self-discipline, instilling self-confidence, and encouraging achievement and goal setting.

You can learn more about Northwest Tap Connection by visiting their website.

Mexican Folklorico with Joyas Mestizas

Joyas Mestizas is a non-profit youth folkloric dance group that preserves the rich cultural heritage and diversity of Mexico. Founded in 1988, Joyas works with youth, teaching traditional dances from across Mexico. It is our mission to preserve a connection to Mexican culture in children in the Pacific Northwest through traditional dance, music, and regional costuming

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for Joyas Mestizas here.

For more information about Joyas Mestizas, visit their website.

Stories & More

Mo'olelo Moments with 'Anakē Kalei of Huraiti Mana

Join us for Mo'olelo Moments with 'Anakē Kalei! Kalei was born and raised in Wai'anae, Hawai'i and resides in Des Moines, Washington. 'Anakē Kalei enjoys vibrant storytelling as a means to revitalize children's understanding of her Hawaiian homeland and its deep history. How did Hopoe bravely face her demise? Why did Maui bring light to the world? Who was our first ancestor? And what, from this, has taught us about who we are? These are the wisdoms hidden amidst stories of fire and ice and of dragons and sharks, across oceans and among mountaintops. E ho’olohe mai kākou!

Visit the Huraiti Mana website to learn more. 

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for 'Anakē Kalei to her Venmo.

Drag Queen Storytime with Aleksa Manila

Aleksa Manila is Seattle's sweetheart of social activism. As a genderqueer FilipinX immigrant, her passion lies in honoring and uplifting marginalized communities especially BIPOC and gender diverse people. Her early years started with HIV education and intervention targeting young Asian Pacific islander gay men. This commitment blossomed working closely with LGBTQ organizations like Public Health - Seattle and King County, Seattle Counseling Service, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, People of Color Against AIDS Network, Entre Hermanos, UTOPIA among others.

Finding her platform as a performance drag artist, she focuses on the power of voice and visibility for human rights centered on LGBTQ history and legacy. She's a sought after keynote speaker, expert panelist, fundraiser, auctioneer, moderator and emcee at various events extending the boundaries of the traditional queer venues - like Seattle City Hall, King County Superior Court, Filipino Community Center, University of Washington, Seattle University, Department of Health, Asian Counseling Referral Service, and the White House to name a few.
From Miss Gay Filipino, Miss Gay Seattle and Empress of Seattle - she continues to champion communities and collectives that honor the diverse LGBTQ narrative - from Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera to Harvey Milk and Mama Jose. She has gained recognition through her selfless act of creating safe space for others - from Seattle Mayor's Award for Outstanding Leader, Filpino Community of Seattle Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership, Seattle Women's Pride Champion Award, Greater Seattle Business Association's Humanitarian Award for Community Leadership, Grand Marshal at the 40th Seattle Pride, and Jose (Sarria) Honors to name a few including being sainted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

In 2012, she founded Pride ASIA, a Queer and Asian collective whose mission is to celebrate, empower and nurture the multi-cultural diversity of the LGBTQ2+ communities through the Asian Pacific Islander lens. Through her respected networking and collaborative efforts, Pride ASIA has the honor of disbursing $25,000 to individuals impacted by COVID.

With her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington, she centers her professional expertise on harm reduction, equity and social justice. She is in private practice focused on LGBTQ BIPOC populations, including health advocacy and consultation, and as a Case Manager at one of the HIV clinics in the city. Mx. Manila is a past and present member of the International Court Council, Heir Emeritus and Heir-in-line-of-succession to Empress Nicole The Great de San Diego, Queen Mother of the Americas; and various advisory boards centered on diversity for the arts, field of medicine, transgender health, public health and social work. She is currently an Ambassador for the "Drag Out To Vote" national campaign to educate LGBTQ representation in the polls this fall.
For two decades, Aleksa continues to amplify the disenfranchised, unseen and unheard so that no one is left behind and as a whole, we rise, step out, and come forward to celebrate each other.

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for Alexa Manila to her PayPal.

For more information about Alexa Manila, visit her website.

Stories from the Salish Sea with Paul Chiyokten Wagner

Chiyokten is a Saanich Nation tribal member and founder of Protectors of the Salish Sea. As a traditional storyteller & award winning Native American flutist, he brings us on a wonderful, profound, and humorous journey to the world of mermaids, leprechauns, grandmother cedar trees, and marauding giant ogresses in traditional story, song, and Coast Salish Native flute. We don’t simply listen to the story - we are part of the story! We will travel to the ancient forests, meadows, and waters of our Salish Sea with the spirit of his ancestors. Chiyokten's debut release won “Best Native American Album 2009”

You can learn more about Paul Chiyokten Wagner by visiting the Protectors of the Salish Sea website.

Learn to Play the Bones with Benjamin Hunter

Benjamin Hunter is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, community activist, social entrepreneur, and educator. His work explores the intersections of music and art, community, policy, and culture. In 2016, Benjamin’s American Roots Duo with Joe Seamons took first place in the International Blues Competition. In 2018, he composed the music for the critically acclaimed production, Black Bois. With his primary instrument the violin, he is as comfortable playing classical as he is blues and jazz. City Arts Magazine wrote, “The music he plays not only spans an array of genres but a huge swath of history.”

Visit his website to learn more.

Singalong with Music Center of the Northwest

Music Center of the Northwest is a non-profit community music school located in North Seattle. We believe in the transformative power of music in the lives of people and our community.

Music Together is an internationally recognized early-childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and the adults who love them. Music Together is based on the recognition that all children are musical, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.

To learn more about Music Center of the Northwest, you can visit their website.

Discovery Zone

Community Sculpture: Scaling a Dragon with Otter & Penguin Makerspaces

Otter & Penguin Makerspaces,aspires to develop shared spaces and resources in support of the arts, in an environment of inclusivity. We envision a shared-use shop, studio space, and educational environment supplied with professional-grade equipment and unrivaled facilities to build and store projects; mobilized art programs bringing arts to communities who do not have access within their neighborhoods.

As part of Otter & Penguin's work to solve access to underrepresented communities who do not traditionally have access to arts and arts education, we will launch Art Migration. This bus-based studio program began from past projects that use temporarily placed shipping containers. With this mobile setup, we will access neighborhoods which might not have the open space resources. By working with the local neighborhoods and city permitting offices we plan to move the bus to different neighborhoods throughout the year. The bus will remain in each neighborhood for several weeks offering free or low-cost art classes where students will gain enough materials and knowledge to continue the art form.

Visit the Otter & Penguin Makerspaces website to learn more.

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist's choosing. Please direct donations for Visually Speaking to their donation page.

Spice blends, Flower crowns and more with Northwest Share

Northwest Share is a nonprofit dedicated to Arts and Culture and welfare work for the greater Seattle community.

You can learn more about Northwest Share by visiting their website.

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for Northwest Share to their PayPal.

Instrument Petting Zoo with Rhapsody Project

The Rhapsody Project is a community that explores and celebrates music and heritage through an anti-racist lens.

Try out different types of instruments with music educators of Rhapsody Project. See how a guitar is made and try some chords yourself!

Visit the Rhapsody Project website to learn more.

Jose Orantes

Jose Orantes is a Guatemalan artist who enjoys sharing about animals and raising awareness of endangered species. Since 1998, Jose began designing Animal Masks for the celebration of Bumbershoot at the Seattle Center. Over the years, the designs have been adapted to animal hats that are representative of their main characteristics.

You can see more of Jose's work by visiting his Instagram.

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Imagination Animation: Stop-Motion with Northwest Film Forum

A nonprofit film and arts center located in Seattle, Northwest Film Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions each year. A comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. Artist services include access to space, gear, fiscal sponsorship, grants, and an edit lab. Northwest Film Forum is a member-based organization.

We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for Northwest Film Forum to their donation page.

For more information about Northwest Film Forum, visit their website.

ASL Lounge presented by Visually Speaking

Visually Speaking is a DeafQueer owned and operated business with a special interest in spreading American Sign Language to the community and the workplace. Since 2002, Visually Speaking has provided Sign Language to local businesses, the community and private one on one lessons. Classes and lessons are taught by Deaf instructors. Visit the Visually Speaking website to learn more.

Visit the Visually Speaking ASL Lounge on the Fisher Green lawn from 11am-4pm! 

With planned activities at the following times:





We encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for Visually Speaking to their Venmo or PayPal.

What Does Peace Look Like to You? with Colors of Peace

What does peace look like to you? Show us, with your artwork. Colors of Peace is a global art initiative giving kids a chance to share their hopes and dreams for a more peaceful and positive world. Young artists create artwork that joins a collection of over 120,000 works from kids in over 125 countries. It also celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Colors of Peace is inspired by the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, a global torch relay run begun as a way to include all peace lovers in bringing about a more inspired and hopeful world. Every two years, teams of runners pass through over 100 countries carrying a torch and sharing the message that we are more alike than different as members of one human family. We can work together to bring about a more harmonious world. Each person can do something to make the world a better place for each other for generations to come.

Visit the Peace Run website to learn more.