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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each Festival typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The 2016 Festival will take place June 29-July 4 and July 7-10, presenting programs on Basque culture and the music of California. The Festival features artisan demonstrations, performance stages, an evening concert series, food concessions, family activities, and ritual and celebratory processions. Nearby visit the Festival’s Marketplace and Cider House in the newly renovated Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building.

Facility Amenities
ADA Compliant, Free Admission
Rate Type
Attraction Rates
Distance to Metro
Metro Station
Metro Line
Blue, Orange, Silver
Nearby Landmarks
National Mall
The National Mall
Washington, DC 20560
National Mall

(202) 633-6440 / (202) 633-5475 fax or folklife () si ! edu


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