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 AM to 3:30 PM

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


Beach walks, children's activities, exhibits, entertainment and a shellfish lunch!

Penrose Point


Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration
with the Samish and Swinomish Tribes

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 River Road Skokomish Canoe Families


American Roots Music Series
Every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. discover a new kind of music or dance or
storytelling at the West Beach Amphitheater. 
Check back to find out who's performing in 2017!

Deception Pass


Kick Up Your Heels Family Dances
Fun for all! No experience necessary! 
Dance to live music the way Cama Beach campers did in the 1940s and 50s!
Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m.--check back for the names of bands and callers

Cama Beach  
15 Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration
featuring Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Malaysian and Vietnamese traditional music,
dance, crafts and food!




International Concert Series
Each Sunday afternoon in August at 2 p.m. on the U.S. side of Peace Arch State Park. You'll experience some of the most exciting folk & traditional music and dance in Washington state! Bring a picnic lunch! 

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

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



Celebrating Cultures Concert
An afternoon of music and dance and fun for the whole family!

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.