Smithsonian Folklife Festival Kicks Off June 26 - NBC4 Washington

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Kicks Off June 26



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    The Madison Hummingbirds perform at the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (Photo by Harold Dorwin, Smithsonian Institution)

    The Smithsonian is hosting its 47th annual Folklife Festival, celebrating the way art and society come together in every culture.
    The free festival is held on the National Mall and runs June 26-30 and July 3-7 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with concerts beginning at 6 p.m. almost every day.


    This year’s featured programs include a spotlight on Hungarian arts; an educational but entertaining discussion about global language loss, and an examination of African-American style and identity.
    The Folklife Fest is jam-packed with events, from fashion shows to dance workshops to evening concerts every night except July 4 and 7.

    Refreshments will be available at five concession stands around the Mall. Fresh fruit will be provided by Baltimore’s Arabbers and you can sample Hungarian beer and wine at the festival’s Hungarian tavern.

    For more information and updates, download Folklife’s app for iPhones and Androids.