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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Fifty years strong, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival returns to Washington, DC for two weeks of education and fun, June 29-July 4 & July 6-9, 2017! Produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the festival celebrates and honors contemporary living cultural traditions and the individuals and groups who practice them.

Free for all ages, the festival includes participants from all over the world and invites attendees to join in with singing, dancing, crafting, and so much more! This year, the festival also offers a unique focus on the history of American circus arts, including discussion, behind-the-scenes adventure, and plenty of performances, too!

Looking for something great for the littles? Check out some of our festival family-favorites below!

Christylez Bacon
This GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop and multi-instrumentalist combines instruments, guitar, and the human beatbox while storytelling through his lyrics.

Soccer with the Fugees Family
Get up and get active! Enjoy late morning soccer activities with the Fugees Family, Inc. on the National Mall!

Making Circus Puppets Workshop
With a paper bag and a little imagination, make your very own circus puppet!

Cirque des Voix
The Big Top hosts circus performances accompanied by a live orchestra! Fun for all ages!

Acrobats will demonstrate a variety of tricks and lead a discussion about their movements! Learn all about acrobatics straight from the source!

For the full schedule and to plan your visit, click here.

The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be held on the National Mall, between 7th and 12th streets. It will also be held in the Arts and Industries Building, which is located at 900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC 20560. As parking is limited around the National Mall, interested festival goers can easily reserve their parking online via Parking Panda. Click here for more information.

Connect with the festival: Online | Facebook | Twitter |Instagram | (202) 633-6440.

Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.


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