Dear Friends: On May 30 and 31, the 40th Washington Folk Festival would have taken place at the beloved Glen Echo Park.  We might have been scurrying from stage to stage relishing the fabulous music, jamming with friends in the picnic area, joyously dancing in the ballroom, lapping up engaging stories from the wonderful tellers, browsing the beautiful crafts, and riding the carousel.  But alas, a global pandemic put a halt to our festivities.  We sure do hope and anticipate to stage this fabulous event in 2021 so mark your calendars for June 5 and 6!  Meanwhile, during the month of June, we will be posting content to highlight the people and groups who would have performed in 2020, many of whom are impacted greatly by the shutdown and responding in very creative ways to this hardship. Be sure to like us on Facebook! Enjoy by clicking on the photos below and by visiting the Youtube Playlist!

Washington Folk Festival - Postponed to June 2021

The Washington Folk Festival and the 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

  • With great regret and with a primary focus on the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, performers and the public, the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture have reached the difficult decision to postpone the 40th Washington Folk Festival to June 2021. We greatly appreciate the work and financial support that have been applied to this year's Festival and we look forward to producing a great Festival in 2021.  
The 40th FSGW Washington Folk Festival 2020

The Washington Folk Festival is a free, two day, family-friendly celebration of the music, song, dance, and craft traditions found in the D.C. metro area. 2020 marks the 40th year that the Folklore Society has presented the Festival.

  • Noon to 7 pm rain or shine on May 30-31, 2020 at Glen Echo Park, MD.
  • Over 500 performers on seven covered performance stages, including one devoted to participatory dance. 
  • Fine crafts are available for sale in the crafts hall. 
See what last year's event included:
2019 program book (pdf, 1.9 MB)


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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