Smithsonian Folklife Festival


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,

Staff Bios

Michael A. Mason, Center director
Sabrina Lynn Motley, Festival director
Preston Scott, Circus Arts curator
Olivia Cadaval, On the Move curator
Amalia Córdova, On the Move curator
Sojin Kim, On the Move curator

Past Media Releases

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