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Immerse yourself in the cultures of the Pacific Northwest and the world at Seattle Children's Festival. (Photo courtesy of Northwest Folklife)

Seattle Children’s Festival is back in person on Oct. 15

Here's what's going on that day at Seattle Center (and online)

Another Seattle favorite is back: After two years online, Seattle Children’s Festival will take place in person on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

For those who prefer, there are events online, too.

Seattle Children’s Festival, produced by Northwest Folklife, is a celebration of Pacific Northwest Culture.

Saturday’s activities will include music, storytelling, dance, art and more. Here is the full schedule.

Highlights will include Drag Queen Storytime with Aleksa Manila, a Capoeira workshop and “Mo’olelo Moments” stories and movement with ‘Anakē Kalei of Huraiti Mana. The Discovery Zone will offer hands-on ways to explore music and more. Artists will help kids create animal masks and hats and local nonprofits will be on hand.

A new feature will be the ASL Lounge, in which games and activities will be conducted in American Sign Language, and there will be changes to practice and learn.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events will take place at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. In addition, both live and recorded content will stream online. Suggested donation is $20 per family, and mask wearing is encouraged but not required.

“The Children’s Festival is a very special event, and I’m so happy that we get to bring this back in person!” Benjamin Hunter, artistic director, said in an announcement. “It’s an opportunity for our young folx to interpret their own personal mythologies through music, activities, storytelling, and exploration. More importantly, it’s an opportunity to bring families together with new friends and lean into the age-old practice of folk. A practice that is inter-generational, inter-cultural, and inter-spiritual.”


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.