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Accessibility Services

We strive to maintain an accessible and inclusive environment for visitors of all abilities.

Symbol for Wheelchair Accessibility

The Festival is located on the National Mall between Twelfth and Fourteenth streets, and is accessible via concrete sidewalks and/or packed gravel walkways. The majority of the venues are located in the shaded, grassy areas of the Mall. The Smithsonian Accessibility Map outlines accessibility features throughout the Smithsonian campus.

Accessible seating is available at all performance venues. A limited number of wheelchairs and folding cane-chairs are available for loan each day at the Volunteer Tent. If you regularly use a mobility device, particularly when traveling longer distances, we recommend that you bring it with you.

There are accessible portable toilets located throughout the Festival grounds (all toilets are gender neutral). Companion care/family restrooms are located in the National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, and the Arts and Industries Building located nearby.

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 select performances and presentations. Additional ASL interpreting services may be requested and are provided as available. Please visit the Volunteer Tent for more information. See lists of all events with ASL interpretation and Real-Time Captioning services on the schedule.

Assistive Listening Systems

All narrative stages and performance venues are equipped with assistive listening systems. Receivers may be obtained from a Festival volunteer or staff member at each venue. See a list of all events with assistive listening devices available on the schedule.

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.

Live Audio Description is available for select events. Please visit the Volunteer Tent for more information. See a list of all events with audio description provided on the schedule.

Braille Symbol Accessible Print

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

Sensory Friendly

On Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m., we will host “Morning at the Mall” for individuals with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other cognitive disabilities who may benefit from a more relaxed and supported environment, and the provision of pre-visit materials. For more information, please call (202) 633-2921 or email access@si.edu.

Information regarding these and additional accessibility services can be found at the Volunteer Tent and will also 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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