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Smithsonian Folklife Festival


Open every day of the Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located at the Mall entrance of the National Museum of American History on Madison Drive.

Since its founding in 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has supported thousands of traditional artists and musicians from around the globe by selling their arts, crafts, and music in the Marketplace tent. The mission of the Marketplace is to honor and support the Festival's participants, many of whom lack other outlets for sharing the beautiful work they create.

The Marketplace features traditional arts and crafts, including jewelry, textiles, baskets, and pottery, made by artits demonstrating or performing at the Festival. CDs are available from musicians participating at this year's Festival, as well as recordings of artists who have participated in past ones. In addition, the Marketplace carries books, food products, and crafts created by local, national, and international artists and members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), cooperatives, orphanages, tribal communities, folk art groups, and art schools. Many of these items are appearing for the first time in a U.S. market, and are not otherwise available through regular retail outlets.

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to obtain unique crafts from around the world! Your purchase at the Festival Marketplace not only supports artists and artisan groups, but also contributes to the sustained development of traditional crafts.

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