Folk and Traditional Arts Program

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, cultural, and artistic heritage through memorable experiences in the parks.

Since 2004, the Folk & Traditional Arts Program has added to those memorable experiences with events 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 learn about the traditions of others.

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2019 Folk & Traditional Arts Program Events

  1. Performance Series
  2. Cultural Festivals

Waikiki Beach Concert Series


Cape Disappointment

Date 7-8:30PM Waikiki Beach
June 8 Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons American roots music
June 22 Unit Souzou Japanese taiko & dance
July 13 Beltaine Celtic music
July 27 The Brownsmead Flats Bluegrass music
August 10 The Winterlings American folk music
August 24 Unexpected Brass Band New Orleans brass music

American Roots Concert Series


Date 7-8PM West Beach Amphitheater
July 6 Meshugga Daddies Klezmer music
July 13 Bonaca Seattle with Ruže Dalmatinke Croatian and Balkan folk music
July 20 Unexpected Brass Band New Orleans brass music
July 27 Squirrel Butter Old time music & clogging
August 3 Bays Family Irish Band Irish reels, jigs, and airs
August 10 Whozyamama Cajun, creole & zydeco music
August 17 Juan Barco Conjunto Tex Mex music
August 24 Lisa Ornstein & Dan Compton Quebecois fiddle tunes

Cama Beach Family Music & Dance Series


Cama Beach

Date  Artist  
June 8                     Crankie workshop 1:00PM
                                Crankie show & music 7-9PM
Podorythmie Quebecois music, step dance &
crankie workshop
July 12                    Tunes on the beach at dusk
July 13                    Family dance with live caller 7-9PM
Alex MacLeod, caller
& The Fret Collective
Square, circle & contra dance
to classic string tunes.
August 16               Tunes on the beach at dusk
August 17               Family dance with live caller 7-9PM
Gabe Strand, caller
& Rattlesnail
Square, circle & contra dance
to classic string tunes.

International Concerts on the Border


Peace Arch

Date 2-3PM  
August 4 Chaopraya Ensemble Thai classical & traditional music & dance
August 11 En Canto Brazilian Forró music
August 18 Juan Manuel Barco Conjunto Tex Mex music
August 25 Radost Folk Ensemble & Eastern European folk dance
 & a capella folk music

Folk & Traditional Arts Program Funders

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Learn more about the Folk & Traditional Arts Program: View a video

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