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    Saturday June 4 & Sunday June 5

    12 pm - 7 pm

    The Washington Folk Festival at historic Glen Echo Park will return this year after a two year COVID hiatus! This will be the 40th year for this local tradition. The Festival will run from 12 noon to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5.

    This FREE, rain-or-shine event is a celebration of the many cultural traditions that are a part of our greater Washington community.

    In addition to American blues, bluegrass, old-time string bands, contemporary singer-songwriters, gospel, and western swing, five continents will be represented in the festival: from North America – including Hawai’ian and Afro-Puerto Rican dance – to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America, with music from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Paraguay, Peru, the Mediterranean, Brazil, Greece, Scotland, Spain, Japan, Paraguay, Slovakia, and Uganda adding to the exciting mix. All performers are local to the Washington metropolitan area and volunteer their talents to make the community festival – and all-volunteer event – a success. There will also be storytellers, a crafts market, and so much more.

    With over 85 hours of performances in multiple performance areas, there is something for everyone at the Washington Folk Festival.

    More information & the festival program is available at washingtonfolkfestival.org.


    RSVP    (RSVP preferred, not required. There is no check in at this event.)



    On-site parking is limited so please take advantage of the festival shuttle from the free satellite parking or Metro at the GEICO parking lot located at 5260 Western Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, just a few blocks from the Friendship Heights Metro station.


    Performers include:

    Seth Keibel and Flo Anito

    the Backroads Band

    Shenandoah Run

    the Fuss

    Archie’s Barbershop Blues

    Joe Uehlein and the U-liners

    Trio Sefardi

    the Washington Toho Koto Ensemble

    Furla Flamenco

    Chinese Lion Dance

    the Culkin School of Irish Dance

    Halau Ho'omau I ka Wai Ola O Hawai'i hula dancers


    Volunteers Needed!

    We rely on an army of volunteers to produce the Festival. Many have volunteered for decades, but new volunteers are needed each year. A few hours of your time can help make the Festival possible. We need help not only during the Festival weekend but also on the weekends of May and June to help with setup and take-down. The Festival is particularly in need of people who would like to get more deeply involved in the planning and management of the event. We are looking for new people who can move into the many staff roles that make the Festival happen. These include festival co-coordinators, publicity, web page design, database management, fundraising, performer/staff food coordinator, stagehands, and craft sales management. If you have experience or would like to develop skills in any of these areas, we would love to hear from you.




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