Do This: Smithsonian Folklife Festival @ The National Mall (6/29 & 6/30/19)

Ruby Ibarra
Ruby Ibarra will perform at 2019’s Folklife Festival (Photo from

The 52nd annaul Folklife Festival comes for only two nights in June.

Typically a two long weekend affair (10 days), this year’s Folklife Festival will be paired down to a weekend.

The focus will be on the social power of music and a peek at the DC music scene.

Why go? Typically I go for the food from other countries and cultures. There are typically lots of activities, but secondarily I enjoy the live music performances. And that’s at the forefront this year. Grand Master Flash will host a Hip Hop video experience on Sunday, June 30th and plenty of other artists like Ruby Ibarra (Filipina American spoken-word artist) will perform to celebrate the social power of music.

Find the schedule of events here.

In 2020, the full 10-day program will return, exploring how people use cultural knowledge to adapt to environmental change.

Free admission.
Saturday, 12-10pm
Sunday, 10:30am-6:30pm

The National Mall (Here’s a map of the festival)

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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