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Marketplace

Where artist and artisan meet

Shop the Folklife Festival’s Artisan Market

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.

  • Take Armenia and Catalonia home with you. Pick up pottery, jewelry, embroidery work, woven baskets, gifts for loved ones, T-shirts for the whole family, and more.
  • Explore The Crafts of African Fashion. This project features demonstrations, workshops, and other activities with textile and adornment artists from Ghana, Niger, and the African Diaspora.
  • Visit the pop-up International Folk Art Market. Meet master artists from fifteen countries and purchase extraordinary handmade folk art.
  • Bring your children for special hands-on experiences. Each day at 11 a.m., our youngest visitors can stamp an African textile pattern, create natural paints with an Indian scroll artist, or hear a story from a global artisan.

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.

Product Features

  • Jewelry
  • Textiles
  • Baskets
  • Clothing
  • Music
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Sculpture
  • Pottery
  • Paper arts
  • Festival T-shirts
  • Leather accessories
The Marketplace honors the creativity, cultural heritage, and masterful skill of our Festival participants.
  • Photo by Daniel Martinez, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

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  • Photo by Daniel Martinez, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

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Support the Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, sustainability projects, educational outreach, and more.

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