Browse Fairfax County's many outdoor activities, from hiking and biking trails to zip lining and quiet park areas. Plus, camping, boating, fishing and more!
Your handy guide to everything Fall in Fairfax County! 🍂
Browse the TravelFX Blog for more inspiration on fun things to do in Fairfax County!
Scare up some Halloween fun in Fairfax County this fall at some of our events.
From Fall Festivals to Oktoberfests, here's what to do this September in Fairfax County.
Hit up the best leaf peeping spots in Fairfax County using our suggestions as a guide.
Find a pet-friendly spot in Fairfax County!
Find hotels close to a Metro station.
Looking for a hotel in a specific area? Use our handy hotel map!
Next happy hour? Try some of the local breweries & brewpubs!
Find outdoor dining at your favorite restaurants this summer!
From K-BBQ to double-fried chicken, enjoy the DC region's unofficial "Koreatown."
Fly to Fairfax County!
From metro stations to hotels to attractions, find the map you need most.
Carry all there is to see and do right in the palm of your hand.
Explore some of the many sites and attractions in the Washington, DC region virtually to help you plan your trip.
From Civil War battlefields to DC monuments, here's your guide to the area.
The urban center of Fairfax County, Tysons is a destination of its own.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

One of the reasons many people travel to the National Capital Region in July is to experience the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival which celebrates the various cultures and immigrants that make America great. The 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and runs from June 27 to July 1, and again from July 4 to 8. The Festival is free of charge. Visitors should dress for hot and humid weather.  The theme of  this year's festival is exploring the history and diversity of the Armenian and Catalan cultures with a special tribute on July 8th to the Sisterfire music festivals that took place in DC from 1982-1988.  View the Festival schedule here.


General Information

Festival Dates: Daily from June 27 through July 1, and then daily, July 4 through July 8.

Festival Hours: Daytime performances, demonstrations, and other activities take place between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. On June 27, the Festival will close early at 4 p.m. Evening concerts begin most nights at 6:30 p.m.

Getting to the Festival: Parking around the National Mall is extremely limited, 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. For assistance planning the best Metro routes, visitors can reference goDCgo.com.


Plan Your Trip:

  • Book a Hotel

    Nearby Virginia Hotels

    Save money and stay in Fairfax County, Virginia. Browse our 100+ hotels for an option that works for you and your family. More
  • Metrorail in Fairfax County

    Getting Around the Area

    It's easy to get around the Capital Region. Click here for information on Metro, driving, buses, biking, and more. More
  • metro map - event planner toolkit

    Metro System Map

    Linking Washington, DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia, the Metrorail offers convenient access to many popular destinations. Download the map. More

Scenes from the Festival

You May Also Like...