Smithsonian Folklife Festival


The 2016 Folklife Festival will take place Wednesday, June 29, through Monday, July 4, and Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10. It will be located on the National Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Admission to the Festival is free and hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with special evening events beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Festival is presented in partnership with the National Park Service.

Media contact:
James Mayer, 202-633-0644,

2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Media Kit:

Staff Bios

Michael A. Mason, Center director
Sabrina Lynn Motley, Festival director
Cristina Diaz-Carrera, Basque program co-curator
Mary S. Linn, Basque program co-curator
Olivia Cadaval, Sounds of California program co-curator
Sojin Kim, Sounds of California program co-curator

Past Media Releases

Joint Statement of the Smithsonian Institution and the Cuban National Council of Cultural Heritage

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Man serving traditional Basque food at Jaialdi, a Basque cultural festival in Boise. Photo by Cristina Diaz-Carrera, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives.