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Accessibility Services

We strive to maintain an accessible and inclusive environment for all Festival visitors, participants, staff, and volunteers.

You can find resources and accessibility staff at the Accessibility tent, located near the center of the National Mall, to the east of Fourth Street (approximately 200 feet north of the northeast corner of Fourth and Jefferson Drive).

Information and service schedules will be updated on this page throughout the Festival.

Symbol for Wheelchair Accessibility

The Festival is located on the National Mall between Third and Seventh streets and inside the National Museum of the American Indian. Outdoor Festival venues and activities are located in shaded grassy areas that are accessible via concrete sidewalks and/or packed gravel walkways. Spaces within the museum are accessible by ramps and elevators.

The closest accessible Metro Station entrances are Federal Center SW and L’Enfant Plaza.

Parking is extremely limited near the National Mall. Accessible public parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis on both Madison Drive (between Third and Seventh streets) and Jefferson Drive (between Fourth and Seventh streets). Drop-off and pick-up areas nearest the Festival include along Fourth Street and on Maryland Avenue near the museum.

The Smithsonian Accessibility Map outlines accessibility features throughout the Smithsonian campus.

Accessible seating is available at all performance venues and dining areas. A limited number of wheelchairs (eighteen- and twenty-inch) are available for loan each day at the Accessibility tent. Please note that if you regularly use a mobility device, particularly when traveling longer distances, we recommend that you bring it with you to the Festival.

There are accessible portable toilets located throughout the Festival grounds (all portable toilets are single-user, all-gender facilities). Companion-care/family restrooms are located on the third and fourth floors of the National Museum of the American Indian. 

Note: The Family Care Suite of the National Air and Space Museum (located just west of the Festival) includes companion-care spaces (with adult changing tables), nursing rooms, and a quiet room. To access this space, ask to speak to a ticketing staff supervisor upon arrival at the museum.

There are water bottle refilling stations located throughout the Festival grounds.

Service animals are welcome, and a water station for service animals is available.

Sign Language Interpretation Open Captioning symbol.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and live, real-time captioning (CART) are available for select performances and presentations. Additional ASL interpreting services may be requested and are provided as available. Service schedules are available in the Accessibility tent and at the museum’s Welcome Center.

See a list of all events with ASL interpretation and real-time captioning services on the schedule.

Assistive Listening Systems

Assistive Listening is available at most presentation venues. Receivers are available to check out at the Accessibility tent and the museum’s Welcome Center and can be tuned to the designated channel at each venue.

See a list of all events with Assistive Listening Systems available on the schedule.

Audio Description Access for Individuals Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Live Audio Description for select events and scheduled visual description/touch tours of the Festival are available. Service schedules are available in the Accessibility tent and the museum’s Welcome Center.

Audio Description will be transmitted via LiveVoice. We recommend that visitors download the LiveVoice app for free from Google Play or the App Store prior to arriving at the Festival. Specific event access codes will be available at the Accessibility tent. We recommend that visitors bring their phone earbuds with them to access the audio transmission.

See a list of all events with Audio Description on the schedule.

Sighted-guide services may be requested at the Accessibility tent and are provided as available.

Additionally, the Festival is a location for the Aira Access verbal description service. Visitors can download the free Aira app on their smartphone and speak to an Aira agent (data usage rates may apply if not using a Smithsonian Wi-Fi network).

Braille Symbol Accessible Print

Large-print and Braille Festival brochures are available at the Accessibility tent. Large-print and Braille menus are available at concession stands.

Sensory Friendly

A Sensory Guide and Map of the Festival, indicating high- and low-sensory areas of engagement, is available online. Printed copies are available at the Accessibility tent and the museum’s Welcome Center.

On Sunday, June 30, the Festival hosts “Morning on the Mall” for individuals with autism, sensory sensitivities, or others who may benefit from a more relaxed and supported environment. For more information and to register, please call 202.633.2921 or email

Food allergen and dietary information for Festival concessions is available at the Accessibility tent and each concession stand.

For questions about other accessibility services, please call 202.633.7488 or email

Additional accessibility information for the National Museum of the American Indian is available at the museum’s Welcome Center or online.

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