The Washington Folk Festival

The Washington Folk Festival Showcasing traditional music, dance, and folk art of the Nation's Capital. Free to Public, Rain or Shine. Join in the fun! Make a left onto MacArthur Blvd.
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WASHINGTON FOLK FESTIVAL, June 3 & 4, 2023 — Music, Dancing, Storytelling, Craft show. Explore Washington's diverse American and international cultural heritage as over 450 local musicians, dancers, and storytellers perform on seven stages. Wander through the festival and enjoy the beauty of historic Glen Echo Park.

40th Washington Folk Festival
Saturday - Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2023 Noon to 7pm

Glen Echo Park, MD,
7300 MacArthur Blvd,
Glen Echo, MD 20812
www.washingtonfolkfestival.org

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- Parking and Metro Access
- Driving Directions
- Handicap Accessibility information
- Sponsors

PARKING, METRO ACCESS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. PARKING
Glen Echo Park has some parking. However, because of the popularity of the Festival, the Park does not have enough parking for everyone. To accommodate our Festival patrons, GEICO is providing satellite parking at the GEICO campus in Friendship Heights, MD. GEICO is located just two blocks west of Wisconsin Avenue on Western Avenue. The Festival provides free continuously running shuttle buses to and from the festival site. METRO
Take Metro to the Friendship Heights Station, walk the short distance to GEICO and ride the free shuttle. DRIVING DIRECTIONS
Glen Echo Park is inside the beltway near Bethesda: 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, Maryland 20812. From DC: If you can get to M Street in Georgetown, it is fairly easy to get to Glen Echo. Get on M Street anywhere downtown and take it toward Georgetown. Go through Georgetown on M and pass the Key Bridge on your left. The first intersection is Canal Road on your left. Pass that and go to the second intersection, which will be MacArthur Blvd. The road forks once or twice. Watch the signs to be sure you're still on MacArthur. You will go approx. 5 to 6 miles. At about 5 miles you will see signs for Clara Barton Parkway, then signs for Glen Echo; go one block past the Exxon Station at the intersection of MacArthur and Goldsboro Rd and turn left into the Glen Echo Park parking lot. From I-495 (coming from Virginia): Cross the American Legion Bridge, staying in the right lane. Take Exit 41 for Clara Barton Parkway. Coming off the exit, bear to the right for Glen Echo/Clara Barton Parkway. Stay in the left lane. Make a sharp, hairpin left turn following the signs to MacArthur Blvd and Glen Echo. Immediately after the sharp left, get in the right lane and bear right at the Y. The road will curve to the right and then end at MacArthur Blvd. at a stop sign. Turn left onto MacArthur Blvd.; go one block past the Exxon Station at the intersection with Goldsboro Rd. and turn left into the Glen Echo Park parking lot. From I-495 (coming from Silver Spring): Take Exit 40 for Cabin John Parkway and Glen Echo. Stay in the left-most lane of the exit ramp and bear left at the Y. Follow the Cabin John Parkway east, where it will merge with the Clara Barton Parkway. Follow directions above beginning with Stay in the left lane. HANDICAP ACCESS
All buildings at the park are compliant with ADA requirements; wheelchair access using either ramps, elevators, or lifts, depending on the building. All toilets are fully accessible. SPONSORS
The Washington Folk Festival is produced by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Richmond Folk Festival.

02/16/2024

Dear FSGW Family,

It is with regret that we announce the Folklore Society of Greater Washington will not produce the Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park in 2024. The Festival is beloved by many and a treasured part of the FSGW and Glen Echo Park program portfolios. The deciding factor was a shortage of resources.

This decision was not made lightly. The FSGW Board spent several months trying to establish a leadership team to organize and manage the Washington Folk Festival, but was unable to recruit individuals with the willingness, skills and time necessary to produce a festival of the quality of previous years. Additional concerns that factored into our decision were a shortage of time until the Festival as well as funding. It is for these reasons that the FSGW Board voted to suspend the Festival.

We would like to thank the many performers, volunteers, attendees, and staff at the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture who have supported the Folk Festival in the past. We look forward to finding new ways to celebrate the folk arts together in the future.

If you have questions, you can direct them to FSGW President, Charlie Pilzer, at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Sincerely,

The FSGW Board

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06/05/2023

Thank you to all of the performers, volunteers, vendors, and visitors for a wonderful festival!

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Washington Folk Festival Artists:One of this generation’s most respected classical Afghan and North Indian musicians,Hum...
06/02/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

One of this generation’s most respected classical Afghan and North Indian musicians,
Humayun Khan is a brilliant vocalist and harmonium player. His performance will feature young students from his Academy.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists:Questions - Why is that baby bad?  When starfish talk, what do they say? Anne Sheldon w...
06/02/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Questions - Why is that baby bad? When starfish talk, what do they say? Anne Sheldon will tell you, if you help her tell these stories.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists:Award winning singer-songwriter Rick Landers' lyrical mix of folk and Americana tells o...
06/02/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Award winning singer-songwriter Rick Landers' lyrical mix of folk and Americana tells of historical people and events and the passion of love won, lost, and won again.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists:Fusing traditional Colombian folk music with more modern and popular genres, award-winn...
06/02/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Fusing traditional Colombian folk music with more modern and popular genres, award-winning DeSanguashington is one of the premier world music bands in the Washington area.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artist:Beasts and Underdogs - Enjoy Noah Hoyle’s humorous retelling of classic folktales with m...
06/02/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artist:

Beasts and Underdogs - Enjoy Noah Hoyle’s humorous retelling of classic folktales with mythic beasts, underdog heroes, and magic.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists:Young fiddler phenom Willie Marscher and his band go deep into the old time music tradi...
06/02/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Young fiddler phenom Willie Marscher and his band go deep into the old time music tradition, but they also go wide, playing folk music from around the world. Flower Hill String Band Serving up an eclectic menu of classic bluegrass, Celtic, old-time, gospel, and country music, the multi-generational Flower Hill String Band has both young and "well-seasoned" members.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artist: Award-winning Flo Anito is a quirky, clever songwriter with a great big voice, that is,...
06/01/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artist:

Award-winning Flo Anito is a quirky, clever songwriter with a great big voice, that is, in turn, sweet, sultry, powerful, and emotive on jazzy pop, folk, rock, and more.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists: A blend of youthful energy and experience with originality, Spice Cake (Yaya Patterson...
06/01/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

A blend of youthful energy and experience with originality, Spice Cake (Yaya Patterson/vocals Miles Spicer/acoustic guitar, Marcy Cochran/fiddle) create a tasteful blues treat.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artist: True Stories - Virginian Bonnie Gardner tells true, personal stories about the American...
06/01/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artist:

True Stories - Virginian Bonnie Gardner tells true, personal stories about the American experience.

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Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
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Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists: Bringing the haunting sounds and mystic power of music from the Andes, Raymi combines ...
06/01/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Bringing the haunting sounds and mystic power of music from the Andes, Raymi combines traditional instruments such as zampoñas, mosceños, quenas and tarkas with contemporary guitar and drums.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists: Expect an unpredictably fresh set of blues, bluegrass, folk, and R&B-flavored concocti...
06/01/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Expect an unpredictably fresh set of blues, bluegrass, folk, and R&B-flavored concoctions from Matt Slocum and his band, featuring gritty slide guitar, soaring fiddle, and earthy acoustic bass

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists: In this exciting workshop, Urban Artistry tells the story of music and dance cultures ...
05/31/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

In this exciting workshop, Urban Artistry tells the story of music and dance cultures from various African American communities and teaches dance movements such as locking, popping, breakin’, Memphis Jookin’, and hip hop.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
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Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists: Two sets of songwriting teams—married couple Annie and Steve Sidley and music partners...
05/31/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Two sets of songwriting teams—married couple Annie and Steve Sidley and music partners Stella Schindler and Dave Riesa —discuss how they work together and perform songs resulting from their collaborations.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
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Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artist: Quarrels - They fought and they argued. They quarreled. Storyteller Eve Burton asks if ...
05/31/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artist:

Quarrels - They fought and they argued. They quarreled. Storyteller Eve Burton asks if they ever agreed.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists: Go h***y tonkin’ with award-winning Karen Collins and the Backroads Band who deliver c...
05/31/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Go h***y tonkin’ with award-winning Karen Collins and the Backroads Band who deliver classic country music from the 1940s-1970s plus original roots songs written in that early country style.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
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Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists: Award-winning singer-songwriters Valeria Stewart and Kevin Dudley are joined by fiddle...
05/30/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

Award-winning singer-songwriters Valeria Stewart and Kevin Dudley are joined by fiddler Jenny Smith in Crooked Sparrow, presenting an eclectic blend of Texan, Latin, folk, and Americana roots music.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artist: Jewish Stories - Marc Young tells tales drawn from the 3,000 year old Jewish storytelli...
05/30/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artist:

Jewish Stories - Marc Young tells tales drawn from the 3,000 year old Jewish storytelling tradition as well as tales from other tribes.

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
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Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, and Takoma Radio

Washington Folk Festival Artists: An all-women ensemble, Orfeia celebrates Balkan vocal traditions featuring unique harm...
05/30/2023

Washington Folk Festival Artists:

An all-women ensemble, Orfeia celebrates Balkan vocal traditions featuring unique harmonies and rhythms in songs with overlapping lines and antiphonal songs with drones

Check back here for more posts about the Washington Folk
Festival, June 3-4, or the WFF website: fsgw.org/washington-folk-festival
View the Facebook event (and respond as "going" for updates and reminders about the festival): https://fb.me/e/5wnwtKXoU

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bluegrass Country Radio, Takoma Radio

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Glen Echo, MD
20812

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Saturday 12pm - 7pm
Sunday 12pm - 7pm

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WASHINGTON FOLK FESTIVAL, May 30 & 31 — Music, Dance Workshops, Storytelling, Fine Arts Craft Market. Free to Public, Rain or Shine. Explore Washington's diverse American and international cultural heritage as over 450 local musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Listen to great music, dance all weekend, listen to wonderful stories, browse the crafts market, and jam in the picnic area. Enjoy the beauty of historic Glen Echo Park! 40th Washington Folk Festival Saturday - Sunday, May 30/31, 2020, Noon to 7pm Glen Echo Park, MD, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Md 20812 www.washingtonfolkfestival.org The schedule is posted to Facebook on the Washington Folk Festival page! www.washingtonfolkfestival.org

Below is: - Parking and Metro Access - Driving Directions - Handicap Accessibility information - Sponsors PARKING, METRO ACCESS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. PARKING Glen Echo Park has some parking. However, because of the popularity of the Festival, the Park does not have enough parking for everyone. To accommodate our Festival patrons, GEICO is providing satellite parking at the GEICO campus in Friendship Heights, MD. GEICO is located just two blocks west of Wisconsin Avenue on Western Avenue. The Festival provides free continuously running shuttle buses to and from the festival site. METRO Take Metro to the Friendship Heights Station, walk the short distance to GEICO and ride the free shuttle. DRIVING DIRECTIONS Glen Echo Park is inside the beltway near Bethesda: 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, Maryland 20812. From DC: If you can get to M Street in Georgetown, it is fairly easy to get to Glen Echo. Get on M Street anywhere downtown and take it toward Georgetown. Go through Georgetown on M and pass the Key Bridge on your left. The first intersection is Canal Road on your left. Pass that and go to the second intersection, which will be MacArthur Blvd. Make a left onto MacArthur Blvd. The road forks once or twice. Watch the signs to be sure you're still on MacArthur. You will go approx. 5 to 6 miles. At about 5 miles you will see signs for Clara Barton Parkway, then signs for Glen Echo; go one block past the Exxon Station at the intersection of MacArthur and Goldsboro Rd and turn left into the Glen Echo Park parking lot. From I-495 (coming from Virginia): Cross the American Legion Bridge, staying in the right lane. Take Exit 41 for Clara Barton Parkway. Coming off the exit, bear to the right for Glen Echo/Clara Barton Parkway. Stay in the left lane. Make a sharp, hairpin left turn following the signs to MacArthur Blvd and Glen Echo. Immediately after the sharp left, get in the right lane and bear right at the Y. The road will curve to the right and then end at MacArthur Blvd. at a stop sign. Turn left onto MacArthur Blvd.; go one block past the Exxon Station at the intersection with Goldsboro Rd. and turn left into the Glen Echo Park parking lot. From I-495 (coming from Silver Spring): Take Exit 40 for Cabin John Parkway and Glen Echo. Stay in the left-most lane of the exit ramp and bear left at the Y. Follow the Cabin John Parkway east, where it will merge with the Clara Barton Parkway. Follow directions above beginning with Stay in the left lane. HANDICAP ACCESS All buildings at the park are compliant with ADA requirements; wheelchair access using either ramps, elevators, or lifts, depending on the building. All toilets are fully accessible. SPONSORS The Washington Folk Festival is produced by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, in partnership with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland, with support from the Richmond Folk Festival. FSGW is a 501(C)(3) organization.


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