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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
At the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, you can meet communities from around the world presenting music, dance, crafts, foodways, storytelling, and other living traditions. Our goal is to strengthen and preserve these cultures by presenting them on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each Festival typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors.
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.
The next Festival:
June 27–July 1 and July 4–8, 2018.