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 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.

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

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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2018 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 (3-12) and $20 adult. Includes color and vegetarian feast. Check HERE for advance tickets. 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.



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

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