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General Information

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is held annually on the National Mall during the two weeks around the Fourth of July holiday. The Festival is always free of charge.

Next year, the Festival will be centered on the “Social Power of Music,” June 26 to 30 and July 3 to 7, 2019.

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Getting Here

Planning a visit to the Festival? The Visit | Smithsonian  page can help you plan your trip—from where to stay to what’s happening at the museums. For general Smithsonian visitor information, call 202.633.1000 (voice).

Parking around the National Mall is extremely limited, so visitors are advised to use public transportation. Smithsonian is the closest Metro station to the Festival site. L’Enfant Plaza, National Archives, and Federal Triangle stations are within a half-mile. For assistance planning the best Metro routes, visitors can reference goDCgo.com.

Festival Hours

Festival hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with evening concerts most nights at 6:30 p.m.

Services for Visitors with Disabilities

We strive to make the Folklife Festival an accessible and inclusive environment for visitors of all abilities. For a complete list of services, see the Accessibility page.

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First Aid

A First Aid station will be located on the Festival grounds, next to the Smithsonian Metro station.

Thunderstorms

In case of a severe rainstorm, visitors should go inside a museum during visiting hours. Summer rainstorms are usually brief, and often the Festival resumes operations within an hour or two. In the event of a thunderstorm, the Festival must close. Do not remain under a tent or a tree!

Restrooms and Telephones

There are outdoor facilities for members of the public, including visitors with disabilities, located near each of the program areas on the Mall. Additional restroom facilities are available in the museum buildings during visiting hours. Public telephones are available inside the National Museum of Natural History.

Lost and Found/Lost People

Lost items or family members should be brought to or picked up from the Volunteer Tent.


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