Northwest Folklife Festival
158 Thomas #32
Seattle, WA 98109
Dates: May 25 to May 28, 2012
Price: Free ($10 suggested donation)
Hours: Fri to Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mon – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Known mostly for its large selection of music and food booths, the Northwest Folklife Festival also features a large group of craft vendors representing nationalities from all over the world, including Japanese stoneware, Indian moccasins, South American jewelry, Asian inspired screen printed wearable art, African dolls a whole lot more. Folklife is alive for four days, May 25-28.
Edmonds Art Festival
Frances Anderson Center Field
Edmonds, WA 98020
Dates: June 15 to June 17, 2012
Held on Father’s Day weekend, The Edmonds Arts Festival is a favorite among locals. On the field, more than 200 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and other artisans are on hand to show you their wares and answer your questions. Just above the Edmonds Library, you’ll find over 40 talented artists who specialize in traditional crafts (soaps, candles, etc.) and culinary artists. Live music is provided all day as well as many food booths to help give you energy to see it all. Go early and you can find a present for your dad at the same time.
Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival
Judson Street in Downtown Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Dates: July 21 to July 22, 2012
Hours: Sat – 10: a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Even with the rain at last year’s festival, 135 artists turned out anyway and the event was still a success. This year, the Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival will be celebrating its 28th anniversary July 21 and 22 and its future is looking bright. Great music and food will accompany some of the best arts and crafts from around the country. Special children’s activities and artist demonstrations will be on hand as well.
Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Dates: July 27 to July 29, 2012
Hours: Fri to Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Bellevue Arts Museum shares the distinction of offering one of the nation’s top 100 festivals (according to Arts Source). This three day event brings in about 330,000 visitors each year and features over 300 independent artists from across the nation and an impressive lineup of free community programs including free intermission to the museum, a special “kidsfair” event and “Chalk It Up” sidewalk chalk art for everyone. This event is so big that part of it takes place at the Bellevue Square Mall, so if you go and find that it not right for you, you can still go shopping. This year’s event will take place on July 27-29.
Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival
Coupeville, WA 98239
Dates: August 11 to August 12, 2012
Hours: Sat – 10 a.m. to 6: p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Coupeville’s historic waterfront located on Penn Cove has hosted their arts and crafts festival for 49 years and with good reason. It is one of the largest event featuring over 175 artisans of ceramics, pottery, clothing, leather, garden décor, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, drawing, photography, soap-making, specialty foods, toys, wood and so much more. Artist demonstrations, live music, food vendors and children’s events as well. This year’s event will be held August 11 and 12.
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