Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s mission involves both a commitment to care for the state’s most treasured lands, waters and historic places and a desire to connect all Washingtonians to their natural and cultural heritage through memorable experiences in the parks.

Since 2004, the Folk & Traditional Arts Program has added to those memorable experiences with performances in state parks by musicians, dancers, craftspeople and storytellers who represent a wide variety of old and new Washington traditions. From tribal canoe family journeys to Cinco de Mayo festivities, from fisher poetry to Ecuadorian song, from Hawaiian hula to old-time square dances, the program brings people together — some to celebrate a common heritage and some to explore the traditions of others. 

The Folk & Traditional Arts performances and events are brought to you, in part, by the 
National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Parks Foundation, and by funds generated through the sale of Washington State Parks license plates.

View a video from the 2016 schedule on our YouTube channel.

For information about the Folk & Traditional Arts Program, send an email or call (360) 902-8635.

Please join us at one of the Folk & Traditional Arts music series, festivals, concerts, performances or workshops, and find new ways to Embrace Your Nature!

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2017 Folk & Traditional Arts Events

Date Event Park  


Holi Celebration - Festival of Colors
A joyous celebration of Spring for the whole family! Presented by Eastside Family & Friends. Tickets $15 child (2-10) and $20 adult. Includes color and vegetarian feast. Check HERE for advance tickets. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

25 Family Square Dance with Live Music and Live Caller!
No experience necessary--if you think you can't dance, you're wrong! Atlas Stringband and Alex MacLeod, Caller
Cama Beach  


Beach walks, children's activities, exhibits, entertainment and a shellfish lunch. Entertainment by the 133D Army Band and the Blue Grass Minstrels. 
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM. 

Penrose Point


Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration
with the Samish and Swinomish Tribes. Bowman Bay, Noon - 4:00 PM. Storytelling, crafts, traditional smoked salmon plate lunch for sale. FREE CANOE RIDES!

10 Waikiki Beach Summer Concert Series
3 Fiddlers, 3 Traditions, featuring Kristian Bugge (Danish); Jamie Fox (Metis), and Ruthie Dornfeld (Old-Time). 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

Cape Disappointment  
10 Canoe Families Celebration
with the Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup and Skokomish River Road Canoe Families. Singers, drummers, storytellers, cedar bark weavers, Indian fry bread and salmon BBQ lunch for sale. FREE CANOE RIDES! Noon - 4:00 PM


American Roots Music Series - every Saturday, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, West Beach Amphitheater
133D National Army Reserve Band, General's 7 Dixie Band - the best of Dixieland!
Obe Quarless and the Caribbean Connection - Traditional steel drum music
Bays Family Irish Band - Traditional Irish fiddle, concertina, and flute
Squirrel Butter - Old-time duo with fiddle, banjo, guitar, and feet
La Famille Leger - Acadian music from the Canadian Maritime Provinces

Deception Pass



Summer Music and Dance Programs
Fun for all! No experience necessary! Squares, circles, contras.
Dance to live music the way Cama Beach campers did in the 1940s and 50s!
Tunes on the Beach  with Carol Piening, Eric Schlorff, Nina Richardson & Mike Schway
Family Dance in the Boathouse with Carol Piening, caller, and musicians Eric Schlorff, Nina Richardson & Mike Schway
Tunes on the Beach  with Gabe Strand, Brittany Newell & Johnny Fitzpatrick
Family Dance in the Boathouse with Gabe Strand, caller, and The Silly Geese
Cama Beach  


International Concert Series - every Sunday afternoon, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Hale Bill and the Bopps - heavenly Scandinavian fiddle music
Seattle Women's Steel Pan Project - Caribbean steel drum music
Lisa Ornstein and Dan Compton - Quebecois and old-time fiddle and guitar
Sedentary Sousa Band - they're back! World's only seated marching band


Summer Music and Dance Programs
Tunes on the Beach with The Atlas Stringband
Family Dance in the Cama Center with Alex MacLeod, Caller, and The Atlas Stringband
Cama Beach  

Cambodian Cultural Celebration
With old and new Cambodian music and musicians, traditional food, crafts, children's activities and extraordinary dance performances. Live DJ! 

26 Waikiki Beach Summer Concert Series
La Famille Leger, featuring French-Canadian tunes! 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Cape Disappointment  


Celebrating Cultures Concert, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
The legendary Clinton Fearon! And more!

29, 30 Heritage Days
Celebrate the history of the Snake and Columbia rivers through hands-on experiences and exciting performances that the entire family can enjoy. Learn about traditional regalia, music and dance from the Generations Dancers of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.