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In addition to daily performances and activities on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival organizes and recommends events and exhibitions at other Smithsonian museums and venues around Washington, D.C. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Events

International Day of the Book Festival

April 22, 2018, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
International Day of the Book Festival
Armory and Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland

The International Day of the Book is a celebration of literature that draws its inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose. On this day in Barcelona, bookstalls and street festivities run the length of the picturesque La Rambla, the old city’s main boulevard. In Kensington, local authors, poets, publishers, children’s authors, literary and community organizations set up along three blocks of Howard and Armory Avenues for a day of live music, cookbook demos, poetry readings, food, crafts, and special guests.

Jordi Savall

April 27, 2018, 8 p.m.
Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial de Catalunya
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
301 A St. SE, Washington, D.C.

Classical Movements will present these celebrated early music masters in The « Llibre Vermell » of Montserrat: Songs and Dances in Honor of the Black Virgin of the Montserrat Abbey (14th Century). The concert is co-presented with the Folklife Festival and Institut Ramon Llull, in anticipation of the 2018 Festival program Catalonia: Tradition and Creativity from the Mediterranean. Tickets are $40, available on Eventbrite.


Many Voices, One Nation

Many Voices, One Nation
National Museum of American History

Through almost 200 museum artifacts and about 100 loan objects, this exhibition shows how the many voices of the American people have contributed to and continue to shape the nation and its communities, from its earliest beginnings to the present.

Past Events

Los Ojos Del Camino

March 24, 2018, 2 p.m.
Los Ojos Del Camino (The Eyes of the Journey) @ Environmental Film Festival
National Museum of the American Indian

The Eyes of the Journey is a poetic film that expresses the feelings of Andean culture toward Mother Earth, and the search for a deeper understanding of nature as a living being, as an eternal companion for humankind. This free screening is presented in partnership with the D.C. Environmental Film Festival.

Mother Tongue Film Festival Shorts

March 17, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
Mother Tongue Film Festival Shorts @ Environmental Film Festival
National Museum of the American Indian

See four short films exploring indigenous language and environment issues: Identidad/Identity (Panama, 2017), We Prayed in Water (USA, 2012), Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears (USA, 2016), and Then, Now, and Forever: Zuni in the Grand Canyon (USA, 2017). This free screening is presented in partnership with the D.C. Environmental Film Festival.

Mother Tongue Film Festival

February 21 to 24, 2018
Mother Tongue Film Festival
Various locations, Washington, D.C.

This free four-day festival hosted by the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices (including the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage) will open on United Nations Mother Language Day, celebrating language and cultural diversity through feature films, shorts, music videos, and more. A complete program will be available soon.

Mother Tongue Film Festival

February 11, 2018, 5–7 p.m.
Roadwork’s 40th Anniversary Launch Party
Busboys and Poets
235 Carroll St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Roadwork was founded in 1978 as a multiracial coalition that put women’s culture on the road—from the Sisterfire Festival to Sweet Honey In The Rock, from Holly Near to Toshi Reagon, and so many more. In 2018, we are partnering with Roadwork to celebrate the organization and its dedication to creating a trail for new generations of resister-activists. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and American Sign Language interpretation is provided. Refreshments provided. RSVP required.

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