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5 Reasons to Check Out the 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC

This free summer festival on the National Mall is a can't-miss family-friendly event in the nation's capital.

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2019 edition takes place from June 26-30 and July 3-7. This year's festival focuses on the social power of music, with programming that focuses on Benin, Brazil and more countries to be announced. Read on to learn what activities and offerings await as you plan your excursion to this only-in-DC festival.

1 Bring all your friends – the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is free!

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall - Family Friendly Summer Festival in Washington, DC

Like the best things in life, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is free to enjoy. The extravaganza is easy to find as well, as it’s centrally located on the National Mall. The festival’s general info page will come in handy as you plan your multicultural adventure.

2 Take your taste buds to new places

Woman making traditional bread at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Free summer festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC

Every year, this festival comes through with delicious international eats. Local and national food vendors are often on-hand showcasing their latest offerings, and expect plenty of choices that align with the festival’s themes.

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3 Explore the festival's incredible marketplace

Marketplace at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall - Free kid-friendly summer festival in Washington, DC

Traverse the globe without leaving the festival grounds at the festival’s famous marketplace, which features artists and artisans from around the world showing off their craft-making skills. Support these creative minds by purchasing from the incredible array of jewelry, sculpture, pottery, textiles, clothing and art on display.

4 Learn about the social power of music

Audience at a Smithsonian Folklife Festival free concert on the National Mall - Things to do this summer for the whole family in Washington, DC

With programming that features Benin, Brazil and more countries to be announced, this year's Folklife Festival will focus on the power of music and how it connects cultures and communities. Festival-goers will be able to join musicians and dancers for free performances and classes, take part in instrument-making workshops and so much more. Check back as it gets closer to the festival for more updates.

5 Enjoy a schedule packed with cultural performances, demonstrations, stories and workshops

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The Folklife Festival fills every day of its run with globe-trotting events. There are cooking collaborations, tastings, live music performances, arts and crafts-themed workshops, in-depth discussions, parades, dance classes and so much more. Make sure to peruse the entire festival schedule so that you can take full advantage of what this international celebration has to offer.

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