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Folklife Festival 2017

Once a year, the NW Folklife Festival enlivens the Seattle Center grounds for a 4-day, homespun, music-and-dance extravaganza, as you might know. Loosely defining the term “folk”, musicians from the Pacific Northwest and far beyond cover a wide spectrum of styles, from the individual singer trying out his/her newly-written song, to a seasoned blues band, a local Norwegian or Asian acoustic group, or an African a cappella choir from across the globe. Common threads connect all these: a celebration and immersion in different music/cultures and warm connection through music and other people.

Kiunka band.  Photo: C. Nelson

Twirl around a big dance floor with 80 other people, try a variety of eats at the food trucks (or bring your own lunch if you’re “line-averse”), look at or buy art, inspect a new guitar crafted by a local vendor, raise your voice in a sea chantey sing-along, or just hang out on the grass. There’s street musicians (buskers) in addition to the over 5,000 performers on stages situated throughout the Seattle Center grounds. And a fun option, for those guests who are musicians themselves (especially traditional songs like “You are my Sunshine”), is to bring your own acoustic instrument or harmonize along with one of the little, impromptu song circles that spring up here and there.

Photo: NW Folklife

This Pacific Northwest gem has been around for 46 years. They are non-profit with many volunteer coordinators that strongly believe everyone, no matter their financial status, should be able to attend this event. But the continuation of this festival in the future will depend upon whether enough attendees are able to make a donation at the gate this year or as a “Friend of Folklife”. $10 for a full day’s entertainment is the suggested donation.

Left: Owuor Arung.  Photo: Piper Hanson.         Right: Mexicans of WA.  Photo: Piper Hanson

Folklife dancing in the pavilion
Photo: Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

Come enjoy the festival on Memorial Day weekend, Friday May 26th through Monday, May 29th.  Check out their website here to find a schedule of daily events to choose from.

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in May

May is jam-packed with festivals and other events… check them out and mark your calendars!

May 6: iFest Indie Game Festival
11am – 3pm | Seattle Center Armory
Indie gamers, take note! iFest 2017 comes to Seattle on May 6th. This is a FREE festival for independent game developers: from new startups and established studios to anyone who thinks they might have what it takes to imagine, design, build and market games.

May 6: “The Magic Flute” Opening Night
7:30pm | McCaw Hall
Savor the myth, magic and music in a performance of Mozart’s colorful fantasy, “The Magic Flute”. Opening night of this Seattle Opera event is Saturday, May 6th. “The Magic Flute” runs through Sunday, May 21st, with a closing performance on that day at 2 p.m.

May 7: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast is an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on May 7th, with live music by Skolkis, Folk Voice Band and the Swedish Women’s Chorus. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

May 7: Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival
11:45am – 5pm | Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Center’s Festál continues in May with the celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month. On May 7th, visit the Seattle Center Armory to enjoy this free family event, with dance, music, art and more to showcase the culture and traditions of Asians and Pacific Islanders.

May 10: GiveBIG Day
All Day | Queen Anne
Support your local Queen Anne nonprofits this GiveBIG day! On May 10th, donate to these hardworking and wonderful local nonprofit organizations: Swedish Club NW, Picture Perfect Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Farmers Market, Queen Anne Food Bank, Queen Anne Helpline, Seattle Children’s Museum, and the Queen Anne Historical Society.

May 13: Spirit of Africa Cultural Festival
12pm – 8pm | Seattle Center Armory
Enjoy, learn and participate in Seattle Center’s Festál celebration of the talents of African musicians, dancers and artists. The Spirit of Africa celebration is on May 13th, with some exciting festival performances for the whole family. Click here for more information.

May 13: Annual Auction at the Swedish Club NW
5:30pm – 10pm | Swedish Club NW
The biggest fundraising event of the year at the Swedish Club NW is May 13th, with an auction themed, “Back to Our Roots”. There will be beautiful items for bidding, plus a delicious meal. The cost is $95 per person or $475 for a table of 6.

May 20: Dance Around the World
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting a day of cultural celebration through dance on May 20th! Guest performers will share and demonstrate traditional dances and storytelling.

May 20: Glimpse of China Cultural Festival
10am – 8pm | Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Center’s Festál presents “A Glimpse of China”, a cultural celebration that showcases the cultural roots and contemporary influence of China. There will be live performances, hands-on activities, visual arts, food, games and more – all family friendly and free to enjoy!

May 26-29: Northwest Folklife Festival
All Day | Seattle Center
One of Seattle’s most anticipated events of the year, Folklife, returns for its 46th annual celebration on May 26th through 29th. Learn, dance, play, discover, and more! This festival is all about showcasing the arts and culture of our unique city.

Spring Egg Hunt

Head to the Queen Anne Community Center this Saturday, April 15th for a Spring Egg Hunt! Bring a basket or bag to gather up all of the goodies found at the FREE Queen Anne Annual Spring Egg Hunt. Come rain or shine! Ages 11 and younger can participate, with the egg hunt beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until noon.

Bring your own bag or basket to collect your eggs.

Queen Anne Community Center
1901 First Ave. W, Seattle
206-386-4240

Featured photo source: Pixabay.com

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in April

There are plenty of Queen Anne events coming up in the neighborhood in April! Check out some of our featured favorites:

April 2-6 & 9-13: Seattle Restaurant Week at Queen Anne Restaurants
Dinner | Queen Anne Restaurants
Five Queen Anne restaurants are participating in this season’s Seattle Restaurant Week, with three courses for $32: Grappa, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, Ten Mercer, The Melting Pot, and Toulouse Petit.

April 2: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast is an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on APril 2nd, with dancing and live music by Tre Kronor, Spelmanslag and Smilin’ Scandinavians. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

April 7: ABBA Night at the Swedish Club NW
6pm – 12am | Swedish Club NW
The annual ABBA Night at the Swedish Club NW is currently sold out, but there’s a waiting list if you really, really want to go! It’s the 5th annual ABBA Night that the Club has hosted, with food, ABBA music, and dancing. Call the Swedish Club NW at 206-283-1090 for a spot on the waiting list.

April 12: Drop Everything And Read
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) on Wednesday, April 12th! Guest authors will be visiting the museum throughout the day to share stories.

April 15 & 16: Spring Egg Hunts
8:30am – 10am | Seattle Children’s Museum
Visit the Seattle Children’s Museum on April 15th and 16th for kids egg hunts. There will be thousands of eggs hidden throughout the museum; kids find the empty (to avoid choking hazards) Eco Eggs, then turn them in for a small prize bag containing candy and other items. The cost is $5 per person for members, $8 for non-members.

April 16: Whirligig! Closes at Seattle Center
11am – 6pm | Seattle Center Armory
Through April 16th, Whirligig! transforms the Seattle Center Armory into a lively hub of entertainment and fun for kids ages 12 and under. There will be balloon artists, caricaturists, face painters, Student Showcases, and plenty more free or affordable activities for the kiddos. The Toddler Zone offers fun for your littlest ones! The cost is $8 per all day main floor pass, $4.50 for an all day Toddler Zone pass, or $1.50 for a single ride ticket. Thursdays are free!

April 21: We Day at Key Arena
8am – 6pm | Key Arena
We Day is an unparalleled event that brings together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of youth to celebrate a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives. The Seattle event will take place on Friday, April 21st at Key Arena. Taking the stage this year is a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites, including Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, Lily Collins, Allen Stone, Grace VanderWaal, Buzz Aldrin, Jordan Fisher, Skai Jackson, Yara Shahidi, Jenna Ortega, Jordan Smith and more.

April 21-23: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
12pm – 6pm | Seattle Center
Seattle Center’s Festál continues in April with the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival April 21st through 23rd. This free, enriching experience provides the opportunity to experience the vibrant Japanese culture. There will be educational programs, arts & crafts, traditional dance and music, games, ceremonies, Taiko drumming, martial arts and more.