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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Music Event Hosted by Smithsonian Festival
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
Our free Festival takes place for two weeks every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other tradition bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange.
Daytime performances, demonstrations, and other activities take place between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Evening concerts begin most nights at 6:30 p.m.
Event Notice: On June 27, the Festival will close early at 4 p.m.
Event Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2018 and July 4 - July 8, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 6 pm; Evening concerts begin most nights at 6:30 p.m.
Event Location: National Mall, between Twelfth and Fourteenth streets., NW, Washington DC