Washington Folk Festival Update

In a normal year, the first weekend after Memorial Day would find up to 10,000 people enjoying two days of music and dance at the Washington Folk Festival, a co-production of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Art and Culture (GEPPAC). While the in-person Festival will not happen in 2021 due to the pandemic, We plan to return in 2022 with the 40th WFF.

In the meantime, a Pandemic won’t stop us from celebrating the very active cultures of our region!  FSGW and GEPPAC will present a livestream concert and dance from Glen Echo.

When:  Sunday June 6 at 7:30 pm

What: A livecast of two simultaneous streams of entertainment from Glen Echo’s Spanish Ballroom and other park locations. There will be no in-person audience or dancers so be sure to tune in from home for this special event

Cost: It's a free festival, as always, but donations are most welcome.  

Register to get the Zoom link

The cyber "doors" will open at 7:00 pm, and while you won't need to find a parking place or struggle to get a good seat, you might tune in early to visit with friends and fellow festival-goers.

There will be two concurrent tracks, each in a "zoom room" accessible from the single link; you can go back and forth between the streams as you choose.

 Concert & storytelling stream

Dance stream

  • 7.30 Janine Smith calls a mix of English and contra dances, music by Liz Donaldson - piano, Becky Ross - fiddle, Ralph Gordon – bass.
  • 8.30 Lynn Baumeister teaches and leads a variety of balfolk dances with music by Millevaches (Leslie BarrSarah Gowan, and Bill Quern). 
  • 9.30 April Blum calls a mix of English and contra dances, music by Trio Con Brio (Elke Baker - fiddle, Paul Oorts - guitar and accordion, Jonathan Jensen - piano).


    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.  Support for the festival comes from the Richmond Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival, and FocusWOWD-LP Takoma Park 94.3 FM is the official media sponsor while Bluegrass Country radio provides additional backing.  


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