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Accessibility Services

We strive to make the Folklife Festival an accessible and inclusive environment for visitors of all abilities.

Symbol for Wheelchair Accessibility

Accessible seating is available at all performance venues. A limited number of wheelchairs and folding-cane chairs are available for loan at the Volunteer Tent.

Service animals are welcome, and water stations are available throughout the site.

Sign Language Interpretation Opened Captioning

American Sign Language interpreters and real-time captioning services are available for selected performances and presentations. Additional ASL interpreting services may be requested and provided as available. Visit the Volunteer Tent for more information.

See the full schedule of events with ASL interpretation
See the full schedule of events with real-time captioning

Assistive Listening Systems

All performance venues are equipped with assistive listening systems. Receivers may be obtained from a Festival volunteer or staff member at each venue.

Access for Individuals Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Sighted-guide and verbal-description services are available upon request for visitors who are blind or low-vision.

Audio Description is available for selected events throughout the Festival.  Please visit the Volunteer Tent for more information.

Audio Description is available for selected events throughout the Festival. Please visit the Volunteer Tent for more information.

See the full schedule of events with Audio Description
Circus Program Highlights Visual Description Tour, July 8 at noon to 2 p.m.

Braille Symbol Accessible Print

Large-print and Braille schedules and brochures are available at the Information Booths or Volunteer Tent. Large-print and Braille menus are available at the concession stands.

Sign Language Interpretation Access for Individuals Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision Audio Description is available for selected events throughout the Festival.  Please visit the Volunteer Tent for more information.

On Monday, July 3 at noon, Big Apple Circus will present “Circus of the Senses,” a program that provides a multi-dimensional performing arts experience for those who are blind or low-vision, D/deaf or hard of hearing, or have cognitive/developmental disabilities. This event is free, but please RSVP on Eventbrite if you wish to reserve an Audio Description headset, ASL interpreter seating, or a space for the post-show touch tour experience.

Sensory Friendly

On Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m., we will host “Morning at the Mall” for individuals with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other cognitive disabilities that may benefit from a more relaxed and supported environment, as well as the provision of pre-visit materials. Call 202.633.2921 or email access@si.edu for more information.

Information regarding these and additional accessibility services will be updated here throughout the Festival.

To request any other access services not mentioned above, please call 202.633.2921 or email access@si.edu.


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