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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Posted on Jun 27,2017
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,

WASHINGTON, DC. - The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Our free Festival takes place for two weeks every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other tradition bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange.

This year we're bringing the rich history and diversity of American circus arts to life on the National Mall. Visitors will see more than just a performance--you'll go behind the scenes to learn from generations of circus families, emerging artists, and contemporary visionaries.

We celebrate 50 years of Folklife in 2017, and on July 8 and 9 we invite you to our 50th reunion weekend with stories about early days of the Festival and a look to the future, as well as special workshops and performances. Share your favorite Festival memories and photos in person or online.


National Mall
Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565
Thursday, Jun 29, 11:00 am To: Sunday, Jul 9, 5:00 pm

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