Next date: June 27, 2024
The 2023 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will turn its gaze to the diverse history and culture of the Ozarks. During the day, musicians, cooks, artists, and performers will stage demonstrations from 11 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. to bring the region to life on the National Mall. The dance and crafts of this distinct geographic area will also find a home on several stages throughout the day, referencing the communities that make this area their home.
The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, which puts on the Festival each year in collaboration with the National Park Service, will also focuses on a universal cultural theme. This year, the cultural theme at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be Creative Encounters: Living Religions in the U.S.. Participants will have an opportunity to enrich their knowledge of how this theme has shaped humanity through deeply immersive workshops and demonstrations.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6 p.m., the public is invited to attend several free concerts from both emerging and established bands with roots in the region. A special slate of programs will run all day and into the night during the Fourth of July Celebration on the National Mall.
Concessions and Marketplace:
Throughout the ten days, food and drink exemplary of the region will be available for purchase in a number of tents along the Mall. Expert chefs and entrepreneurs from the region will share their passion for their culinary heritage. Craft beers and local wines will also be available at the food tents.
Most activities will take place on the National Mall between 12th and 14th streets.
Admission to the Festival is free and open to the public.
About the Festival:
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is made possible primarily by contributions from individuals and nonprofits. It is produced by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. From its inaugural Festival in 1967, Festival organizers have honored the living cultural traditions of our global community. You can follow the Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
According to the Festival website, “accessible seating is available at all performance venues, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available for loan each day. Assistive listening devices are available, and American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning, and audio description services will be offered for a wide range of events. Additional resources and supports include large-print and Braille materials and a Festival sensory guide.” For more information on accessibility, email [email protected].
Evening Concerts and Special Events