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Every year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is presented on the National Mall in DC, giving residents and visitors the chance to experience and learn more about the “living cultural heritage” of different nations.

The 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival takes place from June 24 – 28 and again from July 1 – 5 and focuses on Peru and its rich culture and heritage. The festival is free to the public and includes daily and evening programs of music, song, dance, celebratory performance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, and much more.

Visitors to the Peru Festival program will experience the country through cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, moderated discussions, ritual and celebratory processions, and other participatory activities. In addition, there will be robust involvement with Peruvian American and diaspora communities. The public will have the opportunity to learn, to eat, to dance, to shop, to witness these vibrantly connected cultures and create their own connections with Peruvian artists and specialists on the National Mall and beyond.

You can follow the official festival blog, where you will get sneak-peeks of festival events, read insider stories from Smithsonian employees, and receive updates on the big event.

What to know before you go:

  • Hours are 11am to 5:30pm, with many programs taking place in the evening
  • The festival is outdoors, so dress appropriately and bring water
  • In case of a thunderstorm, you are encouraged to take shelter in a Smithsonian museum
  • There are lots of port-a-potties, but bring some toilet paper and wet wipes in case supplies are low or out
  • Parking around the Mall is extremely limited, so visitors are advised to use public transportation. Federal Center is the closest Metro station to the new Festival site. L’Enfant Plaza and National Archives stations are within a half-mile.

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