The Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival will take place June 27-July 1 & July 4-8.The Festival honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. The event features master artisans and other tradition bearers. Visitors are invited to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange. Special focus this year will be on the ancient country of Armenia, which is a small but influential country at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, and Catalonia, which is a distinctive society in northeastern Spain. An event titled Sisterfireon July 8 will celebrate women artists with an evening concert.
The National Museum of the American Indian will have a Living Earth Festival, July 20-22.The festival this year “will bring attention to cultural sustainability and food sovereignty.” There will be a panel on tribal tourism, and how it is used to educate visitors and provide a source of economic development. Young Indigenous farmers from Hawaii, Minnesota and Wisconsin will participate. In addition, there will be a wine-tasting featuring the award-winning cedar Band of Paiute Indians’ Twisted Cedar Wines.
Image below: The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
The annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair, which was scheduled for May 19, was postponed and will take place on July 21. The fair is presentedin conjunction with Asian Heritage Month Commemorations. The fair is held in front of Capitol Hill & offers outdoor craft exhibits, live performances, food and open market vendors, interactive displays, a martial arts demonstration, a talent show, a cooking demo, and more.
The Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle will take place at and near 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW in DC on June 23 & 24.Proceeds from the event will benefit the USO Metro & The Capital Area Food Bank.Celebrity Pitmasters & Chefs will be there, along with cookbook authors and food demonstrations. Participants can enjoy plates of beef brisket, chicken, pork & lamb - all prepared by “the best BBQ chefs from across the U.S.”Food samples will be offered throughout the event site. Thirty bands on three stages will perform rock, reggae, jazz, blues, and go-go.
Image below: A view of a previous Barbecue Battle.
The National Building Museum will present Fun House, designed by Snarkitecture, July 4-September 3.It will be the latest in the Museum’s Summer Block Party series of temporary structures erected inside its historic Great Hall. Curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, the heart of the exhibition will be “a Snarkitecture-designed house—a freestanding structure that recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home. "Fun House will include a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects………..as well as new concepts developed for the Museum. "Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative practice. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the ten-year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio’s peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment.”
Hillwood will present the annual French Festivalon July 14.Francophiles and other can enjoy eighteenth-century French amusements in celebration of Bastille Day and Hillwood's French decorative arts collection. Come rain or shine, performances take place in the airy and open shelter of the C. W. Post courtyard tent, and the visitor center theater. Outdoor games and garden talks are weather- dependent.
Image below: Celebrants at a previous French Festival