Folklife's goal is noble as heck: "We envision strong communities, united by arts and culture. Northwest Folklife stands for the belief that the arts invigorate and revitalize interpersonal connections and sense of community. When people share aspects of their culture, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes, and increase respect for one another." What does this translate to? A gigantic hippie fest full of lovely people, dancing, performing world music from "yodeling to beatboxing" and everything in between, serving tasty street food, and leading workshops in arts and crafts. All the events are planned with the help of 100 “Community Coordinators” with ties all over the Northwest. Don't miss the Delvonn Lamarr Organ Trio at 7:30 on Friday; the Seattle Opera's Cinderella presentation at 11 am and pierogi-making at noon on Saturday, plus a Grace Love concert at 9:20 in the evening; and the Massive Monkees breakdance troupe on Sunday at 2:45. It's a great, if potentially overwhelming people-watching experience: up to 250,000 people have visited the festival in past years. Kids allowed; no pets.
See the full schedule here.