Related Events

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

June 19, 2015, 8 p.m.
SMITHSONIAN at 8: Chichalandia
The Blind Whino
700 Delaware Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian at 8 series offers after-hours gatherings for guests 21+ that combine music, food and drink, and unique settings. Listen to DJs spinning chicha music, enjoy street art and chicha posters on display, eat delicious Peruvian food (like anticuchos, tamales, papa rellena, champú, picarones, and chicha morada), and drink pisco cocktails. Tickets required.

June 26, 2015–June 1, 2017
The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.

Exploring the foundations, technology, and legacy of the 20,000-mile-long road that connected the mountains, lowlands, rivers, and deserts of the Inka Empire.

June 29, 2015, 10:30–11 a.m.
Wachiperi Cosmovisión and the Stars
National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.

Experts from the Wachiperi community in the Peruvian Amazon guide visitors through their interpretations of the night sky.

June 29, 2015, noon
Marinera: testimonio de diversidad y tradición
Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.

Spanish language documentary film about the Marinera, the national dance of Peru. Director and producer Alfredo DiNatale, also a Perú: Pachamama presenter, will introduce the film and answer questions.

June 30, 2015, noon
Marinera Viva!!!
Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C.

Performance troupe Marinera Viva!!! will feature singer Julie Freundt, a diva of Peruvian criollo music, with well-known virtuoso musicians and national champion dancers of the Marinera norteña and limeña styles.

July 2, 2015, 6 p.m.
Bike to Peru
Meet at BicycleSPACE
440 K St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Evening social ride hosted by local bike shop BicycleSPACE. The ride starts at the shop’s Mt. Vernon Triangle location, then proceeds through downtown D.C. at a casual pace, and ends at the Folklife Festival in time to see Afro Peruvian diva Susana Baca on the National Mall.

August 1, 2015, 1–4 p.m.
Beading with Peruvian Huayruro Seeds
Smithsonian Ripley Center
900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, D.C.

In a workshop lead by local Peruvian designer Evelyn Brooks, attendees will use huayruro seeds to create their own jewelry. The seeds have been used in personal adornment and jewelry in Peru since pre-Inka times. Tickets required.

August 18, 2015, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
Where the Andes Meets the Amazon: An Ecological Tour of Peru
Smithsonian Ripley Center
900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, D.C.

Enrique Ortiz, vice president and co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Association, describes the strategies that his and other organizations are taking in the region to protect forests and critical habitats while strengthening local communities, including fish farming, Brazil nut harvesting, and conservation tourism. A light reception will follow the presentation. Tickets required.

2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Folklife Festival participants from Peru will perform on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, with a live web broadcast. All performances are 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
New Inca Son

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Marinera Viva!!!
(in the Family Theater)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Tradiciones Carumeñas
El Trio de la Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho

Friday, July 3, 2015
Los Wembler’s de Iquitos


National Zoological Park
Home to wildlife of the Amazon River region, including a family of Andean bears

Infinity of Nations
National Museum of the American Indian
Cultural heritage of Native headdresses across the Americas

Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World
National Museum of the American Indian
Annual ceremonies based on cosmology and ancestral teachings of Peruvian Quechua and other North and South Americans Native communities