November 24, 2014

Why Blue?

Some of our favorite-est people help make Moisture Festival.  We are especially grateful to our wonderful website creators The Medium's Lisa & Josh!  Not only do they rock out a great website, but Josh has recently published a children's book Why Blue?

When a little girl wonders that age-old question, "Why is the sky blue?" her imagination takes her on a beautiful journey of color, science, and friendship.

It's a gorgeous book full of imagination and discovery.  Congratulations Josh!

You can purchase Why Blue? at Amazon or Xist Publishing

November 21, 2014

Moisture Festival is hiring an Administrative Assistant!

Join the team!

We are seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our staff through April 2015.  You will provide general clerical support, including but not limited to data entry, filing, web research, phone/email customer service, and other projects.  In addition, assist the Development team with fundraising outreach including delivering marketing collateral to community businesses, and assist the PR team with contact list and calendar maintenance.

The ideal candidate will be personable, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and desire to learn what goes on behind the scenes of a performing arts nonprofit.

Required skills:

  • A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (esp. Word and Excel).
  • Working knowledge of Google Suite (esp. Drive)
  • Comfort online using internet tools such as Blogger, online forms/ interfaces, various online applications, and various Social Media platforms.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and customer service —face to face, email and on the phone.
  • · A desire to learn a must.
  • · A sense of humor a must.                                      

Bonus skills:

  • Filemaker Pro database experience.
  • Adobe Design and Web Suite experience.
  • Experience in the nonprofit arts sector.

To apply please email your resume and brief cover letter telling us why you are a good fit for Moisture Festival to jobs <at> moisturefestival <dot> org.

Position is open until filled.  $11.50/hr.  Temporary (Dec 2014 – Apr 2015). Part-time (begins 15hrs/week ramping up to 35hrs/week by March/April)

More about Moisture Festival:
Moisture Festival is a 501(c)(3) performing arts nonprofit with offices in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. For the last 11 years we’ve produced a four-week festival in the spring, presenting comedy/varietè and burlesque performances, including benefits for charity, in numerous venues around Seattle.  In the spring of 2014, approximately 13,000 patrons delighted at all the weird, wonderful and sublime talents of the Moisture Festival’s aerialists, acrobats, clowns, comedians, puppeteers, jugglers, dancers, musicians and more.  We are currently the longest and largest festival of this kind in the world, presenting over 250 performers in more than 50 shows in 2014.

November 20, 2014

2015 Benefit Show Application Process Open!

At Moisture Festival, we are grateful to be part of an overwhelmingly generous community and we value the importance of giving back.  Each year we produce several shows to support other outstanding 501(c)3 nonprofits.  In 2015 we will be producing two benefit shows.

Does your organization fulfill an impactful mission?  Additionally, does your organization have a robust contact list and a dedicated group of supporters?  If so, consider partnering with Moisture Festival to present an exciting benefit show in our upcoming festival. For more information and to apply to be a 2015 beneficiary visit our website benefit show page.  Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2014.

Past beneficiaries include: New Old Time Chautauqua, Circus Contraption, SANCA- the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, "Aerlift" presented by The Aerial Army of Love, Vashon Youth & Family ServicesB.F. Day School Foundation/BF Day Elementary School, Youngstown Cultural Arts CenterClowns Without BordersHands for a BridgePhinney Neighborhood Association,  Fremont Arts Council and Backbone Campaign.

Apply now for a chance to be a beneficiary in our sensational 2015 festival.

October 24, 2014

Thanks to Everyone Who Donated to the Moisture Festival's Halloween Tricks and Treats Auction!

Doors just opened on our  biggest fundraiser of the year, kicking off our 12th year with unparalleled Kevin Joyce as Auctioneer and MC, and performances by Dr. Calamari & Acrophelia, NANDA, Snake Suspenderz, and The Innamorati!

Special thanks to Hale's Brewery for the venue, Black Rock Spirits, Ballard Brothers Seafood & Burgers, Vino Verite, Seattle Distilling Company, and Cameron Catering for the delicious food and libations, and, of course, to all of our auction item donors, listed below!

Happy Halloween everyone!

 2014 Auction Donors 

4 Your Eyes Only Optical Boutique
8 Limbs Yoga Centers
ACT Theatre
Alki Tours
Anytime Fitness
Artemesia Healing Arts
Banya 5
Black Rock Spirits
Caffe Vita
Capitol Cider
Cascade Leadership Challenge
Center for Wooden Boats
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chocolate Box
Cornicello Photography
Crow's Wing Spa
Daly's Paint & Decorating
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
Early Music Guild & Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Essential Life Therapy
Fleet Feet Sports Seattle
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Fremont Arts Council
Fremont Health Club
FUEL fitness + nutrition
Fuerte Fitness
Gay City Health Project
Ghost Gallery
Hale's Brewery
Hana Design Ikebana
Hands On Children's Museum of Olympia
Henry Art Gallery
Holland America Line Inc.
Hothouse Spa & Sauna
Hub and Bespoke
Jet City Improv
John Howie Restaurants
Josh Tuiniga
Kelly Lyles
Level 4 CrossFit Seattle
Levitas Studio
Metamorphosis Holistic Spa
Moisture Festival
Northwest Folklife
On the Boards
Oola Distillery
Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers
Pecado Bueno
Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar
Pike Brewing Company
Road Dogs Seattle Brewery Tour
Schilling Cider
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts
Scream Barber Shop
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Children's Theatre
Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Theatre Group
Shakti Vinyasa Yoga
Teatro ZinZanni
The Ballroom
The Barrel Thief
The Fremont Tour
The Stranger
The Sweet Spot
The Tasting Room
The Triple Door
Theo Chocolate
Trader Joe's
Unexpected Productions / Improv Seattle
Utilikilts Company, LLC
Vaudeville Central
Vermillion Gallery & Bar
Via Tribunali
Vino Verite
Vitality Pilates
Waterhouse Wellness
West of Lenin

July 3, 2014

Moisture Festival Seeking Development Intern

Intern with the Moisture Festival, Seattle’s Comedy/Varietè Extravaganza

The Moisture Festival is a 501(c)(3) performing arts nonprofit with offices in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.  For the last 11 years we’ve raised money and forged partnerships to put on a four-week festival in the spring, presenting comedy/varietè and burlesque performances, including benefits for charity, in numerous venues around Seattle.  In the spring of 2014, approximately 13,000 patrons delighted at all the weird, wonderful and sublime talents of the Moisture Festival’s aerialists, acrobats, clowns, comedians, puppeteers, jugglers, dancers, musicians and more.  We are currently the longest and largest festival of this kind in the world, presenting over 250 performers in more than 50 shows.

We are offering the right candidate the chance to learn what goes on behind the scenes of a performing arts nonprofit.  As a Moisture Festival Development intern, you’ll assist in the implementation of marketing and fundraising strategies, including work with social media, assist with contact database management and help prepare for our fall fundraising show and auction (October 24, 2014). All in all, you’ll acquire nonprofit management skills and gain insight into the operations of a mid-sized arts nonprofit.

The ideal candidate will be personable, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, have a strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (esp. Word and Excel) and be able to commit to at least 8 hours per week in our Fremont office through the end of the 2015 festival (April 12, 2015).  This internship is unpaid in dollars, but you’ll be rewarded with fun, laughter, knowledge and getting to hang out with some very fun folks, especially during festival time.

Here are some examples of things that you might be asked to do:

  • Make calls to potential cash donors, sponsors and auction item donors.
  • Assist with mailings.
  • Data entry into Excel spreadsheets and our File Maker Pro Database.
  • Update Web content using Adobe Contribute and our proprietary admin tools.
  • Distribute marketing collateral to local businesses.
  • Assist the Director of Development with grant writing. 

These are the basic qualifications you should have.
  • A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills—face to face, email and on the phone.
  • Filemaker Pro database experience a plus.
  • Adobe Design and Web Suite experience a plus.
  • Experience in the nonprofit arts sector a plus; desire to learn a must.
  • Sense of humor a must.

If you think you’re a good fit, please send your resume and brief cover letter telling us what you want to get out of this internship to by 5 p.m. on July 15, 2014.

June 5, 2014

Amy G This Sunday at Triple Door!

Here's you chance to see Moisture Festival superstar Amy G at Seattle's Triple Door this Sunday!  

The prodigal Slapstick-Diva returns to her hometown for one night of glorious, shameless, artful entertainment. Join this "comic powerhouse with a spectacular voice" (The Australian) as she single-handedly takes out shame with a vicious one-two punch of physical comedy matched with serious vocal chops. Ridiculously glamourous fun!

Yes fans, that's this Sunday only, so get your tickets asap!


June 2, 2014

Volunteers Wanted for Solstice Parade

There are tons of ways to get involved with Solstice Parade, but if you want to be integral part of making this very unique event happen please consider volunteering.

Our friends at the Fremont Solstice Parade are looking for some help from our rockstar volunteer community!
Solstice Parade Monitors Wanted.
Looking for a way to be involved with the Solstice Parade, but don't want to miss any of the show? Want one of the best sitelines on the route? You should become a Solstice Parade Monitor!!
Monitors work before & during the Solstice Parade on Saturday June 21st, 2014, on the parade route.This is possibly the most important job during the parade and the one which receives the most kudos! Do you like wearing a uniform? Is it in your nature to give kind, but firm reminders of the rules? This may be a job for you.  
We need a lot of people, so if you'd like to sign up with a group of your pals, we encourage it. Come be an integral part of the celebration.
Thank you!! -Florence

You can contact Florence, Volunteer Coordinator, at

For more information visit:

April 17, 2014

Ron W. Bailey Talks Moisture and What Makes Our City Weird and Wonderful with the Seattle Times

If you've been to a Moisture Festival performance over the years, you're likely familiar with festival President and Co-Founder Ron W. Bailey, without whom the festival would not have become the unreal reality it is today.  Recently, Susan Kelleher, a reporter for the Seattle Times, wanted to find out what makes Seattle so . . . unique.  Who better to ask than a man who brought a weird, wonderful and uniquely northwestern festival to fruition?

Read the full article in the Seattle Times here:

Read more about Ron W. Bailey here:

March 25, 2014

Benefit Show for Backbone Campaign March 30th at Broadway Performance Hall

Moisture Festival is dedicated to giving back to the generous community we are a part of in Seattle. Each year, we choose several shows in which a portion of ticket sales are donated directly to a community 501(c)3 organization.

Sunday, March 30th, join us at 3:00pm at the beautiful Broadway Performance Hall for a fantastic variete show to benefit Backbone Campaign. Enjoy your favorite Moisture Festival performers knowing that your tickets benefit this community organization whose mission is to provide creative strategies, artful activism trainings, and creative action support to progressive activists, organizers and organizations around the US and beyond in order to invigorate and nurture a people-power, community-based, and internationally-networked nonviolent social movement for human rights, thriving communities, and ecological wellbeing.

"Proceeds from the Moisture Festival will support Backbone Campaign's Artful Activism that invigorates and amplifies citizen engagement to build a future we are proud to hand our children. Proceeds will fund scholarships to activists and community organizers from communities most deeply impacted by environmental and economic injustice to attend our week-long intensive Localize This! Artful Action Camp.  This year will our 6th Annual Vashon Island camp and this year we are adding a Great Lakes Basin Localize This! in partnership with the Circle Pines Center in Michigan.  Alumni from these and other workshops become part of a growing network of Backbone Action Brigades manifesting beautiful and inspiring spectacle actions that garner mainstream media attention for vital issues like Housing As a Human Right, Stopping the School to Prison
Pipeline, Migrant Rights, and protecting the Salish Sea and Cascadia from becoming a Fossil Fuel Corridor to Asia, and Revitalizing our Democracy.  The Seattle Action Brigade holds monthly community art builds that invite community engagement and collaboration among festival artists, community animators and organizers to create beautiful imagery inspired by our shared values and aspirations for a beautiful and thriving future."

This show's artists include: A Unicycle Built For Two, Al Simmons, Duo Volta, Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilary Chaplain, Hilby, Ron W. Bailey, Sourdough Slim, Swami YoMahmi


March 22, 2014

Record Breaking Performers this Sunday Night.

The worlds best entertainers are right here at Hale's Palladium this Sunday at 7:30. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be amazed by Guinness World Record holders before it's too late.  Relax, laugh and get some 'oohing and ahhing' in before you start the week. Opening weekend tickets are selling quick. Act now; buy today!


With 3 Guinness World Records and 5 World Championships, it's no wonder the San Diego Union Tribune said "Possibly the best variety act on the planet". Their motto is "We love what we do, so will you". Prepare for an action-packed comedy stunt show with a little juggling, a little sword swallowing, and a lot of surprises. Reno magazine described their performance as "The Blueman Group meets X-Games"... Rad... Come to the show and welcome Rootberry as they perform in their first Moisture Festival!

Alex Zerbe

Alex has appeared on prime-time television in three countries including the hit NBC TV shows, 'America's Got Talent!' When Jamie Lee Curtis saw his one-man show she said, "Boy are you talented, FANTASTIC!" This guy is a rockstar; he is a two-time Guinness World Record holder who was voted Seattle's Funniest Prop Comic. Come have a beer and support a hometown favorite this Sunday.

Tonight and Saturday's 7:30 show have already sold out! Click here to see our calendar of performers and buy your tickets today!

Sunday Show Benefits B.F. Day Elementary School

Moisture Festival is dedicated to giving back to the generous community we are a part of in Seattle. Each year, we choose several shows in which a portion of ticket sales are donated directly to a community 501(c)3 organization.

We are pleased to announce Sunday, March 23rd, 12:00pm show will benefit B.F. Day Elementary School. Purchase tickets now, enjoy a great show and pat yourself on the back for contributing to a worthy cause. It's a win-win, really.

B.F. Day has a long and proud history of educating children in Seattle. They are the oldest, continually operating school in the city. Their building is a designated historic landmark having undergone state-of-the-art renovations in 1991.

B.F. Day has an outstanding record of parent and community participation in school governance and support. They have an active Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), which supports the many special programs offered for their students. In 1996, B.F. Day instituted a Parent/Teacher/Student contract signed by all teachers and families attending the school. Parents make a commitment to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per family to support the school.

Performers that day include:

Leapin' Louie

Leapin' Louie is a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling; he's a virtuoso of new vaudeville and alternative circus. He is based in Portland, Oregon but travels the world frequently, shows in 29 countries so far. He has been a favorite around this here Moisture Festival. Come on down Sunday and give him a big YEE-HAW.

Bill Robison

For over 25 years, Bill Robison has charmed audiences young and old around the world with his unique and masterful style of physical comedy. Using his rubber-like face, elastic body and limitless energy, he transports audiences to a zany, unpredictable and hilarious world. Join his goofy world this sunday!

Other performers include: Canote Brothers, Dr. Owl, Duo Rose, Godfrey Daniels, Kellin Quinn and Louis Pearl.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to support our local youth.  Get your tickets today. Opening weekend tickets won't last forever.

March 14, 2014

All-Star Jugglers Provide Serious Entertainment

Juggling life, work and responsibilities is hard. Take a breather, have a drink and watch the pressure be put on these award-winning entertainers at the 2014 Moisture Festival.


Hilby grew up in Berlin but packed his bags when he became a grown-up and traveled across the European continent to Asia. He perfected his art on the road and today calls Ithaca, NY his home. As an intenationally known performer, Hilby has performed at an insane amount of international festivals, six cruise lines, resorts, state fairs and universities across the country.

Hilby's performances are best described as a show without boundaries; Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn't mean you can not be funny. While being an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects as well as countless circus and variety skills (such as unicycling, ropewalking, unsupported ladder, fire manipulations and eating, balancing stunts and the list goes on), he really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. Poetry in motion, a fusion of epeleptik fit,...yes all that and more...the long and short of it is that you will love this Skinny German Juggle Boy!

Hilby will be at Moisture Festival Week 1 only! For performance dates click here.

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn is a local, national and international award-winning juggler. He uniquely combines object manipulation, acrobatic dance and quirky comedy. Kellin grew up in St. Louis where his mother runs Circus Harmony, St. Louis' only social circus school. He performs with the St. Louis Arches and trains with acclaimed juggling coach, Richard Kennison. Kellin won the Gold Medal in 2012 in the International Jugglers' Association Junior Championship and took Bronze in the Senior Championships in 2013. He also won two Groundhogs (national juggling competition in Atlanta) and two St. Louis Juggling titles. 

Did I mention he is only 17-years-old?!

To see when Kellin will perform (Week 1 only!) click here.

Don't drop the ball, get your tickets today!

March 13, 2014

Crowd Favorites Return for Opening Weekend

Every year we bring back crowd favorites for another round of Moisture Festival fun. Our opening weekend is set to be unforgettable as the line-up includes top performers from years past. Get the scoop on these fan favorites and get excited for the 2014 Moisture Festival. .... it's only a week away!

Rob Williams

Rob began his history at the Moisture Festival as a solo act. You may recall that he makes a stunning
baloney sandwich ..... with his feet! Rob is always up to something fun whether it be solo or with his partner in crime, Casey Martin. The bendable Casey is a circus-style performer and recently began honing her skills with the german wheel. Together the two make up the hilariously original pair, Kamikaze Fireflies. Whether they are feeding others with their feet or crowd surfing in plastic bubbles, laughter will be induced.

Performance Dates:

March 20 @ 7:30pm
March 21 @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
March 22 @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
March 23 @ 7:30pm

Duo Rose

Photo: JORDAN STEAD/Seattle PI
Duo Rose is a high-flying, jaw-droping act you don't want to miss. They have worked together for five years to combine their backgrounds in aerial arts, gymnastics, and contortion to create this dynamic arial adagio. The seamless flow of highly technical skills and intense passion creates a fluid arial ballet that never fails to elicit a powerful emotional response. They have performed internationally and competed in seven international circus festivals winning 12 awards. Whether you are already a fan or seeing them for the first time, you'll me amazed at their strength and elegance.

Performance Dates: 
March 20 @ 7:30pm
March 21 @ 10:30pm
March 22 @ 7:30pm
March 23 @ 12:00pm & 7:30pm
March 26 @ 7:30pm
March 29 @ 3:00pm
March 30 @ 7:30pm
April    1  @ 7:30pm