At the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, you will find many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, living traditions – both old and new. The goal of the Festival is to strengthen and preserve these traditions by presenting them on the National Mall.
This year’s program will feature Peru. Visitors can expect to experience the culture through the arts and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, moderated discussions, ritual and celebratory processions, and a variety of hands on experiences.
Once again the Smithsonian will be offering a number of access services to make this event accessible to all.
Festival accessibility features:
- Induction loop at all music and narrative stages, except the Ralph Rinzler stage
- Wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Discussion sessions are offered with ASL and CART. Please refer to the festival schedule to see which sessions are interpreted and captioned, at www.festival.si.edu/schedule. A “Floater” interpreter is available on a first-come first-served basis at the Volunteer tent.
- Large Print schedules and food concession menus are available at the information booths and volunteer tent.
- Service dog watering and cool down stations are located throughout the festival grounds.
Services which require reservations can be made at www.access.si.edu or by calling 202-633-2921
- Verbal description and tactile tours are offered on:
Saturday, June 27th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Thursday, July 2nd from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
- ASL tour of the festival grounds will be offered on Sunday, June 28th 2:00 – 4:00 pm
- Morning on the Mall for individuals with cognitive and/or sensory processing disabilities will be on Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.