Washington, D.C. is a spectacular place to visit with attractions to delight the entire family. During June, The Smithsonian hosts the 43rdSmithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall between the Smithsonian museums. There is no admission charge for this outdoor festival of art, music and culture. Hours are from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily beginning on June 24 through June 28, 2009 and July 1 through July 5, 2009. There will be special evening events that will be announced at a later date. The full schedule of events and activities will be available in June.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival began in the 1960s and has been an annual event for the past 41 years. The festival provides an opportunity for people to come together to admire and appreciate other cultures, as well as their own, by participating and interacting with exhibitors from different regions of the world. There will be related events taking place during the festival in Washington, D.C. that you do not want to miss. These events relate directly to this years festival and will be a great addition to your day at the festival.
The three themes of the 43rd Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival are Wales at the Smithsonian, The Americas: A Musical World, and Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture.
**The Wales exhibits will center on the heritage, food, music, language, literature and industries of this coastal nation. Special attention will focus on the green movement highlighting how materials are reused, refashioned and recycled for sustainable living.
**The Americas celebrates the music of the United States and Latin America with artists from many countries demonstrating the rich culture through music and song. Many musical styles will be demonstrated and highlighted including Salvadoran chanchona music, Chilean tonada, Dominican meringue tipico and Puerto Rican bomba.
**Giving Voice honors and explores the African American oral traditions and how they have affected American culture. Exhibits will include poetry, storytelling, interactive exhibits and live performances to give powerful insight to this heritage.
All of the themes have powerful exhibits that will enlighten, entertain and educate guests.
If you plan to attend the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, remember that the weather in Washington, D.C. during June and July is quite hot. Pack light, comfortable clothing and remember to include a rain poncho for unexpected rain showers. Wear comfortable shoes and carry water bottles to keep hydrated. When our family visits the festival, we design an itinerary to allow time during the day to visit the Smithsonian museums around the mall to cool off and take a break from being outside. We also plan to eat our lunch at the festival to take advantage of the different foods offered during the festival.
For information on staying in Washington, D.C., lodging, restaurants and information, view the Washington Tourism website and the Smithsonian website.
Source: Smithsonian Folklife Festival website