Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 27 to July 8, 2012
Washington DC

Washington, D.C. is a fantastic place to visit in the summer. Not only are many of the museums here free and open to the public, but summer weather is ideal for strolling along the National Mall and skipping public transit between attractions. Beyond all of the permanent attractions in Washington, D.C., there are also a few events that make summer a great time to visit. One example is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Held on the National Mall, this festival celebrates a variety of U.S. and foreign cultures through food, music, crafts, and more.

smithsonian folklife festivalThe 2012 Festival

In 2012, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is scheduled for June 27 through July 1 , and July 4 through July 8 . Over the course of two separate weekends this festival features a variety of entertainment based on a designated theme. In 2012, the themes are Campus and Community , and Creativity and Crisis . The hours of the festival are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in addition there is often nightly entertainment too. There is no admission charge to enjoy this festival, adding to the concept that Washington, D.C. is one of the best cities in the country for free and informative entertainment for both adults and families.

Festival Basics

Many travelers are drawn to the idea of a festival on the National Mall, but not many know exactly what the Smithsonian Folklife Festival includes. This event is designed to strengthen and preserve cultural traditions by presenting them on a stage like the National Mall . Each year the festival features diverse and authentic traditions from a variety of cultures. All of the educational and entertaining programs that make up this festival draw one million visitors to the National Mall each and every summer for two weekends that always overlaps with the 4th of July holiday.


Many parents know that in order to have their kids enjoy something educational, it needs to be accompanied by something fun. While there are many serious lectures and programs as part of the festival, there's also plenty of fun. Visitors can expect music , dance performances , cooking demonstrations , storytelling , crafts , celebratory performances , and more. Kids will barely know that they are learning while chowing down on traditional foods or chatting with musicians after a performance.

Smithsonian Quality

This festival is exactly what you might expect from one with the name Smithsonian attached. A great deal of effort and planning goes into creating this festival. Examples of past exhibitions at the festival include the creation of a Japanese rice paddy, an Indian village with statues stretching 40-feet high, and a New Mexican adobe plaza. This festival will allow your kids to do some traveling this summer, even if the only place you go is to Washington, D.C. This is the largest annual cultural festival in the entire country, and a great deal of planning ensures that each year is a new experience from the last. Complete your experience by visiting the Smithsonian museums during your trip to Washington, D.C. as well.

DC Rentals for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The best way to experience Washington, D.C. is with a vacation rental. Choose a sleek city condo and you can spread out in the extra space of a living room or private kitchen. July can be a hot time of year to visit Washington, D.C., so you will be happy to have a spacious rental to return to when you feel like escaping the heat and humidity a little bit. Relaxing after the daytime festival will leave you fresh and ready to attend the evening entertainment that is planned as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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