Each summer, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a massive celebration of cultures across the globe, takes place on the National Mall. This year’s festival is on June 27th through July 1st and July 4th through July 8th, and it focuses on the cultures of Armenia and Catalonia, as well as a musical revival of the Sisterfire festivals that took place in DC in the 1980s. Local and national food vendors will be on-hand showcasing their latest offerings. In addition, you can traverse the globe at the festival’s famous market, which features artists and artisans from around the world showing off their crafts, such as jewelry, sculptures, pottery, textiles, clothing, and art.
The festival is free of charge and the hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with evening concerts most nights at 6:30 p.m. 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.