Smithsonian Folklife Festival


This in-person event is canceled for 2020.


More than 50 years strong, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival returns to Washington, DC, for two days of education, concerts, and fun, June 29-30, 2019!

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 celebrates the social power of music, with opportunities to learn more about how music entertains, educates, and inspires.

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

Musical Storytimes
The Freer Plaza hosts a fun musical storytime! Great for various ages, the entire family is invited to this event on June 29, 2019.

Sound Encounters: Music for Families & Friends
Open your ears to some exciting sounds for all at the Freer Plaza on June 30, 2019.

Additional entertainment includes artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Quetzal, and Sonia de Los Santos. Find the full entertainment schedule online here.

What: Smithsonian Folklife Festival
When: June 29-30, 2019; find the time(s) here
Where: On the National Mall, between 7th St. & 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20560
Event Details: Find them here

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Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last-minute cancellations; always confirm by calling/clicking.


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