Seattle’s 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival continued the tradition of more quality music than you can shake a stick, or didgeridoo, at. For four solid days all of the local stages and theaters had full schedules ranging from local folk to distant ethnic music, from hip hop and break dancing to classical violins and waltzes.

The festival continued its tradition of free admission with suggested donations. Ethnic food vendors were everywhere. Unofficial street performers were perhaps the most entertaining: jug bands, young girls performing with their mothers, comedians, yo-yo tricksters, American Idol wannabes, and a lot of talented casual performers of bluegrass, African drums, punk-infused sea shanties, rocking bagpipes, and a whole lot more.

Seattle Northwest Folklife Festival At Fisher Green In Seattle Center

Fisher Green at Seattle Folklife Festival

Sassparilla Blues Band At Seattle Northwest Folklife Festival 2008, Band From Portland Oregon

Sassparilla blues band from Portland Oregon at Northwest Folklife Festival

Seattle Northwest Folklife Festival Watching Fiddler Performance At Seattle Center Fisher With Space Needle In Background

Watching Folklife Festival fiddler performance at Seattle Center’s Fisher Green

Spoonman Kitchen Utensil Glasses At Seattle Northwest Folklife Festival

Spoonman kitchen utensil glasses

Seattle Center International Fountain Crowds At Northwest Seattle Folklife Festival

Throngs of kids enjoying the Seattle Center International Fountain at Folklife Festival