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The 2017 Folklife Festival will take place Thursday, June 29, through Tuesday, July 4, and Thursday, July 6, through Sunday, July 9. It will be located on the National Mall, between Seventh and Twelfth streets, and inside the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building.

Admission to the Festival is free, and hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with special evening events beginning at 7 p.m. The Festival is presented by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and co-sponsored by the National Park Service.

Media contact:
Angelica Aboulhosn, (202) 633-0644,

2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Media Kit

Staff Bios

Past Media Releases

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