The Washington Folk Festival and the 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
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!
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.
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 Focus. WOWD-LP Takoma Park 94.3 FM is the official media sponsor while Bluegrass Country radio provides additional backing.