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About the Festival
At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, experience living traditions from around the world. Our goal is to work with communities to strengthen and preserve their cultures and share them with you on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The next Festival is
June 24–28 & July 1 –5, 2020

  • Ruby Ibarra
  • The Social Power of Music
  • D.C. Music Events
    D.C. Music Events
  • Kennedy Center Concerts
    Kennedy Center Concerts
  • Smithsonian Year of Music
    Smithsonian Year of Music

Looking Ahead

  • In the West African nation of Benin, these Zangbeto spirits protect communities from physical and spiritual danger.
    Photo by Rebecca Fenton

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