Summer Arts in State Parks 2015

Gansango Concert
                              June 2, 2015
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Summertime is nearly upon us! With nature reaching its peak, it’s a great time of year to enjoy your state parks. But did you know that great concerts and cultural events are as much a part of the parks experience as hiking and camping? Summer is also time to get out to enjoy some music, dance, canoe celebrations and more at a bevy of beautiful parks locales!

The Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program focuses on the mission of Washington State Parks to: “connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage.” Now in its 10th year, the Folk & Traditional Arts Program hosts performances that present the artistic heritage of our state’s wide array of cultural groups. The programs include musicians, storytellers, singers, dancers and interpreters of cultural traditions from all over our state.

It all begins this weekend (June 6), so grab a chair or a blanket, pack a picnic and join the fun! All the concerts are absolutely free, but you’ll need a Discover Pass to park EXCEPT on June 6 and 13, which are state parks free days! Check out the schedule below — or better yet print it out! — and make it a point to soak up some sun and culture at your state parks!

Coming this June… 


Group of people in boat rowing
June 6 
What: The 10th Annual Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration

When: Noon to 4 p.m., June 6 (State Parks free day in honor of National Trails Day. No Discover Pass required)
Where: Deception Pass State Park, Bowman Bay area, Fidalgo Island
Event details: The Samish Indian Nation and the Swinomish Tribal Community Canoe Families present singers, drummers, storytellers, cedar bark weavers and a salmon barbecue lunch for purchase. Free canoe rides for the public!

June 13 
What: Canoe Families Celebration: Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup Canoe Families
 (Pictured above)
When: Noon to 4 p.m., June 13 (State Parks Free Day in honor of National Get Outdoors Day. No Discover Pass required)
Where: Millersylvania State Park, Olympia
Event details: The Chehalis TribeNisqually Indian Tribe and Puyallup Tribe of Indians present a day of Northwest Native culture including singers, drummers, storytellers, cedar bark weavers, a delicious Indian fry bread, salmon BBQ lunch and more!

What: Opening of the 10th-annual Waikiki Beach Concert Series
When
: 7 p.m., June 13
Where: Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco
Event details: An evening of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance with Seattle’s Napua and Friends.

Coming this July…

 

Thai Dancers
Saturdays in July What: American Roots Music Series
When: 7 p.m., Every Saturday in July
Where: Deception Pass State Park, West Beach Amphitheater, Oak Harbor
Events details:

∗July 4— Brass Patriots 133D Washington Army National Guard Band from Camp Murray. Enjoy stirring big band music on your country’s birthday!
∗July 11— Dave & the Dalmatians. All-male a cappella music from Eastern Europe
∗July 18 — Kohala. Traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance
∗July 25— The Onlies. Young old-time music trio featuring fiddle tunes from Scotland, Ireland and the Americas!

What: Kick Up Your Heels and Dance!
When
: 7 to 9 p.m., Second, Third, Fourth Saturdays in July
Where: Cama Beach State Park, Cama Center, Camano Island
Events details:

∗July 11— The Barn Owls with Gabe Strand, Caller. Old-time family square dance with a spirited Seattle strings trio!
∗July 18—La Famille Léger. Family dance with French Canadian music
∗July 25—Dances with John Corrigan, Caron Grasso, Linda and Bob Berka, Callers. Sponsored by the Fidalgo Fogcutters

July 18 
What: Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration (Pictured above)
When: 
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 18
Where: 
Saltwater State Park, Des Moines
Event details: All-day festival featuring music, dance, storytelling from Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Coming this August…

 

Inochi Taiko drummers
Sundays in August 
What: International Concert Series

When: 2 p.m., First four Sundays in August
Where: Peace Arch State Park, Blaine
Events details:

∗August 2 — Quichua Mashis. Traditional music from the Ecuadorian Andes Mountains
∗August 9— Gansango Music and Dance Company. Music and dance from West Africa (Pictured in top featured photo)
∗August 16— Halau Hula O Napualani. Hawaiian ukulele music and traditional hula
∗August 23— Sedentary Sousa Band. The world’s only seated marching band!

August 22 
What: Cambodian Cultural Celebration
When:
 11 to 4 p.m., August 22
Where: Saltwater State Park, Des Moines
Event details: Celebrate Cambodian culture with members of the South Puget Sound Cambodian communities through performances of traditional music, dance, skits, drumming, and activities, contests, displays, and demonstrations for the entire family.

August 29 
What: Celebrating Cultures Music Festival
When: 
2 to 5:30 p.m., August 29
Where: Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop
Event details: An afternoon of stirring music featuring:
Inochi Taiko (Pictured above). Japanese-American traditional drumming
Squirrel Butter. Old-time variety duet
Gansango Music & Dance. Traditional music and dance from West Africa

Sundays in August 
What: International Concert Series

When: 2 p.m., First four Sundays in August
Where: Peace Arch State Park, Blaine
Events details:

∗August 2 — Quichua Mashis. Traditional music from the Ecuadorian Andes Mountains
∗August 9— Gansango Music and Dance Company. Music and dance from West Africa (Pictured in top featured photo)
∗August 16— Halau Hula O Napualani. Hawaiian ukulele music and traditional hula
∗August 23— Sedentary Sousa Band. The world’s only seated marching band!

August 22 
What: Cambodian Cultural Celebration
When:
 11 to 4 p.m., August 22
Where: Saltwater State Park, Des Moines
Event details: Celebrate Cambodian culture with members of the South Puget Sound Cambodian communities through performances of traditional music, dance, skits, drumming, and activities, contests, displays, and demonstrations for the entire family.

August 29 
What: Celebrating Cultures Music Festival
When: 
2 to 5:30 p.m., August 29
Where: Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop
Event details: An afternoon of stirring music featuring:
Inochi Taiko (Pictured above). Japanese-American traditional drumming
Squirrel Butter. Old-time variety duet
Gansango Music & Dance. Traditional music and dance from West Africa