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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between Seventh and Twelfth streets and in the Arts and Industries Building. Running June 29 to July 4 and July 6 to 9, the Festival is free of charge. Visitors should dress for hot and humid weather.  This year the festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary and will be exploring the history and diversity of American circus arts, how the American culture has been shaped by the movement of people to and within the United States and will feature a look back at the 50 years the festival has run. View the Festival schedule.

General Information

Festival Dates: Daily from June 29 through July 4, and then daily, July 6 through July 9.

Festival Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening dance parties at 5:30 and circus performances most nights at 7 p.m.

Getting to the Festival: Parking around the National Mall is extremely limited and most of the time you'll have to pay for parking, so visitors are advised to use public transportation. Smithsonian is the closest Metro station to the Festival site. L’Enfant Plaza, National Archives, and Federal Triangle stations are within a half-mile. Visit Metro's Trip Planner for help.   

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