Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, introduced in 1967, celebrates contemporary living and cultural traditions and the individuals who sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival brings together participants from all 50 states and over 100 countries. This free Festival spans over two weeks during the summer on the National Mall, coinciding with the Fourth of July holiday. It’s an educational and research-backed event featuring accomplished artisans and other tradition bearers. Visitors can participate in craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, sing and dance alongside talented artists, ask questions, and engage in this exceptional cultural exchange.


June 28 - July 4, 6, 9




Washington, DC