This year the Washington State Parks will host multiple commercial film shoots as it has in the past.
The parks are also a great place to spend family time.
Here is a published schedule of events at some of the State Parks that you might be interested in.
Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks
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 and cultural heritage through memorable experiences in the parks.
Since 2004, the Folk & Traditional Arts Program has added to those memorable experiences with performances 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 explore the traditions of others.
The Folk & Traditional Arts performances and events are brought to you, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Parks Foundation, and by funds generated through the sale of Washington State Parks license plates.
View a video from the 2016 schedule on our YouTube channel.
For information about the Folk & Traditional Arts Program, send an email or call (360) 902-8635.
Please join us at one of the Folk & Traditional Arts music series, festivals, concerts, performances or workshops, and find new ways to Embrace Your Nature!
MARCH 19 Holi Celebration - Festival of Colors
A joyous celebration of Spring for the whole family! Presented by Eastside Family & Friends. Tickets $15 child (2-10) and $20 adult. Includes color and vegetarian feast. Check HERE for advance tickets. 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
25Family Square Dance with Live Music and Live Caller!
No experience necessary--if you think you can't dance, you're wrong! Atlas Stringband and Alex MacLeod, Caller
APRIL 30 ShellFest
Beach walks, children's activities, exhibits, entertainment and a shellfish lunch. Entertainment by the 133D Army Band and the Blue Grass Minstrels.
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Penrose Point JUNE 3
Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration
with the Samish and Swinomish Tribes. Bowman Bay, Noon - 4:00 PM. Storytelling, crafts, traditional smoked salmon plate lunch for sale. FREE CANOE RIDES!
10Waikiki Beach Summer Concert Series
3 Fiddlers, 3 Traditions, featuring Kristian Bugge (Danish); Jamie Fox (Metis), and Ruthie Dornfeld (Old-Time). 7:00 - 8:30 PM.
Cape Disappointment 10Canoe Families Celebration
with the Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup and Skokomish River Road Canoe Families. Singers, drummers, storytellers, cedar bark weavers, Indian fry bread and salmon BBQ lunch for sale. FREE CANOE RIDES! Noon - 4:00 PM
Millersylvania JULY1,8,15,22, 29
American Roots Music Series - every Saturday, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, West Beach Amphitheater
133D National Army Reserve Band, General's 7 Dixie Band - the best of Dixieland!
Obe Quarless and the Caribbean Connection - Traditional steel drum music
Bays Family Irish Band - Traditional Irish fiddle, concertina, and flute
Squirrel Butter - Old-time duo with fiddle, banjo, guitar, and feet
La Famille Leger - Acadian music from the Canadian Maritime Provinces
Deception Pass July 15, 22
Kick Up Your Heels Family Dances
Fun for all! No experience necessary! Squares, circles, contras.
Dance to live music the way Cama Beach campers did in the 1940s and 50s!
Saturday nights at 7:00 - 9:00 PM--check back for the names of bands and callers.
Dances will be held at The Boathouse on the beach!
International Concert Music Series - every Sunday afternoon, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Hale Bill and the Bopps - heavenly Scandinavian fiddle music
Seattle Women's Steel Pan Project - Caribbean steel drum music
Lisa Ornstein and Dan Compton - Quebecois and old-time fiddle and guitar
Sedentary Sousa Band - they're back! World's only seated marching band
Peace Arch Sept 12
Cambodian Cultural Celebration
With old and new Cambodian music and musicians, traditional food, crafts, children's activities and extraordinary dance performances. Live DJ!
Saltwater 26Waikiki Beach Summer Concert Series
La Famille Leger, featuring French-Canadian tunes! 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Cape Disappointment SEPTEMBER 17
Celebrating Cultures Concert
An afternoon of music and dance and fun for the whole family!
SEPT 29, 30Heritage Days
Celebrate the history of the Snake and Columbia rivers through hands-on experiences and exciting performances that the entire family can enjoy. Learn about traditional regalia, music and dance from the Generations Dancers of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.