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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 in Washington, D.C. Festival venues and activities are accessible via concrete sidewalks and/or packed gravel walkways. The Smithsonian Accessibility Map outlines accessibility features throughout the Smithsonian campus.

Accessible seating is available at the Main Stage. A limited number of wheelchairs and folding cane-chairs are available for loan each day at the Information / Volunteer Tent. Please note that 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 Smithsonian’s Ripley Center, National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of Natural History located nearby.  There will be water bottle refilling stations throughout the Festival site.

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

Sign Language Interpretation Opened Captioning

American Sign Language interpreters and Real-Time Captioning will be provided for all Main Stage performances and other selected events during the Festival. Additional ASL interpreting services may be requested and provided as available. Please visit the Information Tent for more information.

Assistive Listening Systems

The Main Stage is equipped with an assistive listening system. Receivers may be obtained from a Festival volunteer or staff member or at the Information Tent.  

Access for Individuals Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Sighted-guide and verbal description services for visitors who are blind or low-vision will be available for daytime programming.  Please request services at the Information Tent. 

The Festival is a location for the Aira Access mobile information and verbal description service. Visitors can download the free Aira app on a smartphone, and use the app to speak to an Aira agent using minutes provided courtesy of the Smithsonian. Visit Aira Access for more information, or download and read this Aira guide.
Braille Symbol Accessible Print

Large-print and Braille brochures are available at the Information / Volunteer Tent.


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