Summer Fun—Day 32: Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Head to Washington, D.C. for a family-friendly festival celebrating world cultures.

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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is held annually over the two weeks surrounding the Fourth of July on the D.C. Mall. This year's fun starts June 27 and runs through July 1, then picks up again July 4 through July 8.

Established in 1967, the folklife festival "honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries."

Each year the festival highlights communities and cultures from around the world. For 2018, it focuses on Armenia and Catalonia. You and your family can learn about these cultures and their foods, dances, ceremonies, languages, handmade products and more. Festival goers are encouraged to feast, dance and learn along with the programs.


For details on the festival, which is free for all ages, visit

Parking is tough for the festival, which recommends you take public transportation. Visit their site for recommendations on how to get there.

Keep up with our 100 Days of Summer fun, and don't forget to check our daily calendar of events.