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Posted on: June 7, 2016

16-031 State Parks offers full summer season of Folk & Traditional Arts concerts

Free performances celebrate diverse cultures

OLYMPIA – June 6, 2016– The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program is offering a summer-long lineup of free performances and dances taking place at parks throughout the state.

Events feature folk and traditional music and dance representing a variety of communities that call Washington State home. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to parks. 

Performances, listed by county, are as follows:


Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration: Samish and Swinomish Tribes
Noon to 4 p.m., June 11
Deception Pass, Bowman Bay area, Fidalgo Island
For more details about this event, visit:

American Roots Music Series
7 p.m., Second through Fourth Saturdays in July
Deception Pass State Park, West Beach Amphitheater, Oak Harbor

  • July 9: Miho & Diego—Sounds of Japan and Latin America
  • July 16: Fisher poets Erin Fristad and John Van Amerongen
  • July 23: Sedentary Sousa Band—World’s only seated marching band
  • July 30: Dunava—Women’s a cappella folk music of Eastern Europe


Kick Up Your Heels Family Dances
7 to 9 p.m., Second and Fourth Saturdays in July, Fourth Saturday in August
Cama Beach State Park, Cama Center, Camano Island

Update 6/21/16: The July dates for these dances were incorrectly listed in the original email. The following dates are correct.

  • July 16: Risky Chicken String Band with Alex MacLeod, Caller
  • July 30: Forrest Carroll and Friends, with Amy Carroll, Caller
  • Aug. 27: Family Dance Music by the Hot Pepper String Band andSherry Nevins, Caller


Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., July 16
Saltwater State Park, Des Moines

Cambodian Cultural Celebration: All-day festival featuring music, dance, crafts and food
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 27
Saltwater State Park, Des Moines


Celebrating Cultures Concert with the fisher poets Moe Bowstern and Patrick Dixon, cowboy poets John Doran and Dick Warwick and Old-Time Duo Squirrel Butter!
6 to 9 p.m., July 23
Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop


International Music Concert Series
2 to 3 p.m., Every Sunday in August
Peace Arch State Park, Blaine

  • August 7: Kinnaly Lao—Laotian music and dance
  • August 14: Three Fiddles, Three Traditions—Kristian Bugge (Danish), Jamie Fox (Métis), Ruthie Dornfeld (old-time)
  • August 21: Juan Barco y Su Conjunto—Tex-Mex music
  • August 28: Randal Bays and Friends—Traditional Irish music

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program

The performances are presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program, with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.

For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts in the Parks program, including upcoming events, visit: or contact Debbie Fant, Program Coordinator, at or 360-902-8635.

About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

MEDIA CONTACTS:                         

Debbie Fant, (360) 902-8635
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604 

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