Folk and Traditional Arts Program

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Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s mission involves both a commitment to care for the state’s most treasured lands, waters and historic places and a desire to connect all Washingtonians to their natural, cultural, and artistic heritage through memorable experiences in the parks.

Since 2004, the Folk & Traditional Arts Program has added to those memorable experiences with events in state parks by musicians, dancers, craftspeople and storytellers who represent a wide variety of old and new Washington traditions. From tribal canoe family journeys to Cinco de Mayo festivities, from fisher poetry to Ecuadorian song, from Hawaiian hula to old-time square dances, the program brings people together — some to celebrate a common heritage and some to learn about the traditions of others.

Folk and Traditional arts program annual reports


People watching a musician on a wood stage with trees, a beach and water behind the stage.

American Roots Concert series

Now in it's 17th year, this popular summer concert series at Deception Pass State Park is a celebration of America's wide variety of musical traditions. Come tap your toes and enjoy the fun at one of Washington's most beloved -- and beautiful -- state parks. 

People watching a musician on a wood stage with trees, a beach and water behind the stage.

Waikiki Beach Concert Series

Music and great memories await you this summer! Enjoy performances by a wide variety of musical backgrounds and styles at Waikiki Beach in beautiful Cape Disappointment State Park

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Mountain Melodies Concert Series

Singing, dancing and alpine air! This series features performances by great local musicians and dancers amid the majestic mountain lake views. Come join the fun this summer at  Lake Wenatchee State Park

Learn more!

Enjoy this short video highlighting our Folk & Traditional Arts program and a few of the many events and programs held at parks across Washington.