This year's theme of Confluence celebrates the concept of merging histories, identities, landscapes, theories, and techniques that together better interpret our past. We invite you to explore confluence and consider how converging ideas influence our work in the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to seeing you all in Kennewick, March 20th - 23rd, 2019!
Taking place May 24 - 27, 2019 at Seattle Center
Each year, Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center partner to present the Northwest Folklife Festival, one of the largest, multicultural, access-for-all festivals in the nation! This is the place to learn, dance, play, try something new, and to discover the arts and cultures that thrive in our Pacific Northwest communities.
Presenting more than 5,000 performers, the Festival draws from the 100+ cultural communities that Northwest Folklife collaborates with year-round. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. The Northwest Folklife Festival is our key annual event bringing up to 250,000 people over four days to the Seattle Center.
Join your friends and family in SE Portland to ring in the 90th year of this historic, regional tradition that occurs each June. Scandinavian roots are not required to celebrate Midsummer. It continues to be a fun, family friendly and important day with centuries-old traditions and everyone is invited!
Scandinavians in traditional dress will greet our thousands of visitors. Food and crafts are available all day from local Nordic clubs, vendors and artists. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden promise continuous entertainment with live music and dancing (view the 2018 entertainment lineup), all with a Nordic flair. Awards and honors, including The Scandinavian of the Year Award, will be given on this day and the Midsummer Pole will be raised with much excitement and pomp, followed by festive dancing and singing!
Leavenworth loves winter, and each year on MLK Jr. weekend we celebrate winter’s bounty with IceFest! The village is still dressed in over half a million twinkling lights and this weekend is a flurry of frosty frivolity. Come celebrate winter with us!
Here is some of the fun for Saturday January 19th:
Icefest Games like Frisbee Sweep, Ice Cube Scramble, Smooshing and more!
Snowmobile Sled Pull
Live Ice Carving
Stevens Pass Grom Playground
Snowball Toss and Ice Fishing
And the fun continues on Sunday January 20th:
Stevens Pass Grom Playground
Snowshoe Demo Day 10am at Ski Hill
Fireworks show at 6pm!
The 2018 Annual Meeting theme is Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation. With more than 750 sensational sessions, the Annual Meeting will surely provide unique opportunities to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the advancement of anthropology.
Join AAA and thousands of your anthropology friends and colleagues in San Jose, CA, November 14 - 18, to build lasting connections; uncover new career and mentoring opportunities; and explore the latest research across the discipline — all while addressing today’s most pressing issues.
The Live Aloha Mission:
The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival serves to promote, perpetuate and share the Hawaiian culture in the Pacific Northwest by enriching and strengthening the Hawaiian community and celebrating the arts and culture of Hawaii.
During Makah Days, the members of the Makah Tribe of Neah Bay gather and reunite with the members who have since moved away, to commemorate thousands of years of the Makah ancient culture and the anniversary of becoming citizens of the United States. We welcome everyone to join us, as we celebrate with neighboring tribes from Washington State and First Nations members from Vancouver Island in Canada. Some of our family members come from Vancouver Island since we are closely related to the Nuu-chah-nulth. The first American flag was raised in Neah Bay on August 26th in 1913 though it wasn’t until June 2, 1924 when all Native Americans were granted the right to vote, including the members of the Makah Tribe. We are proud of who we are, where we came from and the contributions from our veterans to World War II, Vietnamese and Korean Wars, and all major conflicts.
Festa Italiana celebrates Italian culture and heritage of Italian-Americans in the Portland Metropolitan area. Local Italian-American organizations have united their efforts to produce this unique event with a special invitation to friends of Italy (wannabes) of the local community to share in this celebration. Nearly 300 volunteers, along with several generous sponsors, provide this "labor of love" and contribute to the success of this outstanding celebration.
The Festa Italiana week is generally held in the 3rd or 4th week of August. There are proposals of promoting individual events throughout the year leading up to the big celebration in August. Festa Italiana also is the Host of the Columbus Day dinner in October.
BrasilFest was created in 1999 by Brazilian immigrants Eduardo and Ana Paula Mendonça with the mission to expose our community to Brazilian arts and traditions during the week of the Brazilian Folklore Day. This is a unique mission, as this day is not usually celebrated outside of Brazil.
In Brazil, this event is an important educational tool in continuing Brazilian folkloric traditions.
Our mission goes beyond keeping traditions alive; it combines traditional and contemporary Brazilian expressions.
The mission of the Festival is to help people who live and work in the surrounding regions understand how their actions can help make their environment healthier for people, fish, and wildlife and to introduce people to Native American traditional dances and culture.
Pow Wow PUBLIC WELCOME!, 2 days of live music, Circus troupe The New Old Time Chautauqua, 5K Fun Run, and our delicious traditional alder salmon bake. Children storytelling and 2 stages of entertainment, Fun Zone rides and activities including a zip line and petting zoo. Visit our Environmental and wellness exhibits and win big prizes! We have lots of great craft vendors and food booths. Great price for great fun!
The An Rí Rá Montana Irish Festival is a celebration of the Irish heritage and contribution to the people of Montana. This festival has created its place as a world-class event that draws people from not only Montana, but across the United States and internationally. The An Rí Rá is regarded as one of the best Irish festivals in North America.
Bring your friends and family and come to Pioneer Courthouse Square for a free taste of Indian culture! Get ready to experience a day of back-to-back dances, musical performances, and food from Portland's finest Indian restaurants.
Don’t miss out on a memorable event that draws crowds from all over the West Coast!
The purpose of the festival and parade is to highlight the history and countless contributions of African-Americans locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. It is a celebration that gives people for all over Washington and the northwest an opportunity to experience the rich African heritage and culture of the region.
Dancing, music, food, and games are played during the Northwest Scottish Highland Games.
Caber Toss at the Seattle Scottish Highland Games Photo Courtesy Bob Harbison Photography
Free event in Burns/Hines, OR!
Portland State University is excited to announce that Archaeology Roadshow is going “on the road” again in 2018, with a Roadshow planned for Burns/Hines on June 9, 2018. They hope to take a minimum of five exhibits from the Portland Roadshow along with the professionals and students who created the activities. We're working with archaeologists, heritage specialists and school groups in Harney County to support their creation of activities that promote heritage on the east side of our fair state. They will host a panel of experts to identify the artifacts visitors bring to the event. Scott Thomas (BLM) has graciously and generously agreed to serve as local coordinator of the Harney County event.
PSU's goal is to use our experience developing the satellite Roadshow in Harney County as a model that could be taken to communities across the state in successive years, as we continue to gain knowledge about best practices (both for Portland events and rural communities) and the financial support becomes secure.
Free event at the Portland State University campus!
This year's theme is 'the Archaeology of Change.' Fundamentally, archaeologists study the ways people, societies, and environments change through time: within a year, over decades, centuries, or even millennia. Sometimes cultures persist in the face of environmental upheavals or cultural shifts; sometimes they don't. Why in some places and times do once highly-mobile people become sedentary? Why do the food choices people make change or not? Why is change sometimes fast or sometimes gradual? Why do some parts of culture persist (and some parts change)? (Chess is one of our favorite examples... 12th c. chess pieces have been excavated from coastal Scotland!) We can think about change across so many fronts (technology, beliefs and religion, family structure, food) it is mind boggling.
Find out more!
The API Heritage Month Celebration at Seattle Center is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases the culture, traditions, and history of Asians and Pacific Islanders through dance, music, and art.
Free admission and family friendly.
Portland Community College and the PCC Sylvania Campus Multicultural Center are proud to present Wacipi – a celebration of Native American culture and tradition.
This cultural event features drum groups and dancers from across the region and attracts more than 1,000 participants each year. It supports the PCC Native American Scholarship Fund and Native American businesses by offering vendor space.
Join Ed Carriere and Dale Croes as they debut their memoir.
Event free with museum admission. Book available for purchase and signing.