Join us for the 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30! This year we celebrate the Social Power of Music and its capacity to entertain, educate, inspire, preserve history, strengthen identity and build community.
On Saturday, learn about local music culture with activities at the D.C. Preservation Pop-Up. Stay for the evening concert featuring Ruby Ibarra and sets curated by Quetzal and GoldLink. On Sunday, sing along at the Smithsonian Folkways tribute to Pete Seeger with The Bright Siders, Sonia De Los Santos, Dan and Claudie Zanes, and Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower, plus participate in hands-on family activities throughout the day. To close out the weekend, Grandmaster Flash presents “Hip-Hop: People, Places and Things – A Video Experience for Families.”
All Folklife Festival events are free and open to the public. The weekend’s activities and concerts will take place on the National Mall near 12th Street, near the Freer Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Metro Station. Beer from local breweries will be sold at our beer garden, and food will be available for purchase from food trucks. We encourage visitors to make a day of it by including one of the Smithsonian museums as part of their visit.
For the most updated Festival schedule information, visit festival.si.edu/schedule.
The Festival is a highlight of the Smithsonian’s Year of Music. The Festival is just two of 365 days of music at the Smithsonian in 2019 as the institution is presenting concerts, workshops, films, exhibitions, and lectures every day of the year. For the latest on the Smithsonian Year of Music, visit music.si.edu/smithsonian-year-music
For more information, visit our Smithsonian Folklife Festival page.