Smithsonian Folklife Festival

  • Photo by Prayoon Charoennun
  • Photo by Gregory Gottlieb, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
  • Photo by Prayoon Charoennun
  • Photo by Caroline Angelo, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
  • Photo by Prayoon Charoennun
2016 Festival Information
Basque
Sounds of California

This year the Folklife Festival celebrates resilient communities around the world. Discover how the Basque country sustains culture, drawing on traditions to innovate in a rapidly changing world. Learn renowned cooking techniques and phrases in the Euskara language.

Experience the Sounds of California through the music and stories of communities shaping the diverse state. Interact with artists in music workshops and stretch out on the lawn for an evening concert series.

In the On the Move tent, we explore how migration and immigration impact our culture and everyday lives. Share your own stories in discussions, mapping questionnaires, and social media activities.

Looking Ahead
Circus Arts at the 2017 Festival

Circus Arts at the 2017 Festival

As part of our fiftieth anniversary next summer, we will share the culture and history of circus arts across the United States.