The Marketplace will take a hiatus in 2019. We plan to launch an online store in the coming months and return to our usual programming in 2020.
The Marketplace honors the creativity, cultural heritage, and masterful skill of our Festival participants. Your purchase not only supports artist and artisan groups but also contributes to the sustained development of traditional crafts worldwide and, ultimately, the mission of the Smithsonian.
This exceptional shopping experience is a once-a-year opportunity to share the inspired—and inspiring—sights and sounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Shoppers will find beautiful works created by the Festival participants demonstrating their craft on the National Mall as well as from past Festivals.
The Marketplace is open every day of the Festival, with special events as announced. Stop by to pick up something special for a loved one, to watch an artist demonstration, or to discover new music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.