Take home the global spirit of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Each product in the Folklife Festival Marketplace highlights creativity, cultural heritage, and masterful skill. Your purchase not only supports artist and artisan groups from around the globe but also contributes to the sustained development of traditional crafts worldwide—an integral part of the mission of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

This exceptional shopping experience is a once-a-year opportunity to share the inspired—and inspiring—sights and sounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Shoppers will find beautiful works created by the Festival participants demonstrating their craft on the National Mall as well as from past Festivals.

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• Jewelry • Music CDs
• Textiles • Books
• Baskets • Toys
• Pottery • Sculpture
• Clothing • Paper arts

Since its founding in 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has supported thousands of traditional artists and musicians from around the world by selling their arts, crafts, and music at the Marketplace. Stop by to pick up something special for a loved one, to watch an artist demonstration, or to discover new music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

The Marketplace will be located in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, D.C., and open daily during the Festival from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Marketplace vendors are selected based on their alignment with the Smithsonian Folklife Festivals programs and degree of product artistry. Download the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Marketplace Vendor Guidelines for more information.