Annual Events

2017 Seattle World Rhythm Festival ~ April 28-30

The festival is FREE and offers 100 drum & dance workshops by leading teachers from around the USA and world ~ seriously awesome event. Family Day Friday: Noon-5 Youth performances and Community Drum Circles. Saturday & Sunday workshops and performances galore!  more


2017 NW Folklife ~ May 27-30 

The Rhythm Tent presents workshops and family friendly recreational drumming lead by some of the best facilitators in the region. Here's how it works: show up, sit down, play a drum (or bones, or a didgerdoo depending on the workshop), leave, come back, repeat! 

Rhythm Tent stage is presented by NW Folklife and SWPS (Seattle World Percussion Society) with workshop leaders, and drums provided from the SWPS cache (did you know these are available for SWPS members to rent?) 


Green Lake Jams ~ Summer!

Flash Jams at Seattle's most popular park in the Summer months - follow us on twitter or Facebook or our newsletter for dates and times. Dates and times change because Summer is crazy good, right? Family friendly, drums and chairs provided. Free!  more


drumSTRONG ~ May 2017

Each year drumSTRONG communities gather in small and large groups around the world with a single focus ~ to BEAT cancer! It is a worldwide coordinated event anchored by a 24 hour drum event in North Carolina. DrumSTRONG is a community building rhythm event for everyone that has been affected by cancer.  If you have interest in hosting this event in Seattle, contact us today.  more 


The Seattle Children's Festival ~ October 8

Like the Northwest Folklife Festival, this Fall festival is accessible to all in our community without admission charge, thanks to donations from folks like you! Join us in 'Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood' on October 8, 2017 for the fourth annual Festival!   more