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The 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will take place Wednesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 1 and July 4 through 8. Daytime performances, demonstrations, and other activities take place between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. On June 27, the Festival will close early at 4 p.m. Evening concerts begin most nights at 6:30 p.m.

The complete Festival schedule will be posted on this page in early June. If you are planning your trip, please note that both Armenia and Catalonia programs span the whole ten days, and most participants present on the National Mall each day.

For now, please see our Related Events list for concerts, exhibitions, and other events in and around Washington, D.C.


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