Washington State Parks recently released its summer schedule for its annual Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program.
The events feature music and dance from a variety of Northwest communities. The events are free, but a Discover Pass is required to enter the parks.
State Parks put on the events in partnership with Northwest Heritage Resources. The events are funded by grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.
Here’s the schedule:
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JUNE 6, noon-4 p.m.: Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration with Samish and Swinomish canoe families, Deception Pass State Park, Bowman Bay area, Fidalgo Island.
JUNE 13, noon-4 p.m.: Canoe Families Celebration with Chehalis, Nisqually and Puyallup canoe families, Millersylvania State Park, Olympia.
JUNE 13, 7 p.m.: First concert of the 10th-annual Waikiki Beach Concert Series: Napua and Friends (Hawaiian music and dance), Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco.
SATURDAYS IN JULY, 7 p.m.: American Roots Music Series featuring a brass band, a capella group, Hawaiian music and dance, and old-time music; Deception Pass State Park, West Beach Amphitheater, Oak Harbor.
JULY 11, 18, 25, 7-9 p.m.: Kick Up Your Heels and Dance! Events include square dancing and French Canadian music, Cama Beach State Park, Cama Center, Camano Island.
JULY 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration featuring music, dance, storytelling from Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Saltwater State Park, Des Moines.
AUG 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2 p.m.: Events in order are Quichua Mashis, traditional music from the Ecuadorian Andes Mountains; Gansango Music and Dance Company: music and dance from West Africa; Halau Hula O Napualani; Hawaiian ukulele music and traditional hula; and the Sedentary Sousa Band (billed as the world’s only seated marching band). Peace Arch State Park, Blaine.
AUG. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Cambodian Cultural Celebration featuring music, dance, crafts and food. Saltwater State Park, Des Moines.
AUG. 29, 2-5:30 p.m.: Celebrating Cultures Music Festival with Japanese-American traditional drumming, an old-time duet, and traditional West African music and dance; Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop.