The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Furthering the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the American people.

FSGW Washington Folk Festival

The 38th Annual Washington Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 2018. The festival runs from Noon to 7:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. Rain or Shine! The festival is FREE to the public.

The 38th Annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area. All musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in the the greater Washington metropolitan area and volunteer their talents to put on a first class festival of national renown. With performances representing cultures from around the world as well as around the country, it is your chance to find out what is going on in the folk communities of the area.

This Year's Program

To see the 2018 craft exhibitors click here.

The 2017 Program

To see a program for 2017 click here.

To see the 2017 craft exhibitors click here.

The 2016 Program

To see the 2016 printed program, click here.

To see an abbreviated but up-to-date program for 2016 click here.

To see the 2016 craft exhibitors click here.


If you are a local musician, dance group, or storyteller interested in being considered as a performer in the Festival, please contact the Program Committee chair: Heather Livingston. We strive to maintain a variety of traditional genres on our stages, and select performers based on musical quality as well as the tradition represented.


If you are interested in exhibiting at the festival you can find more information by clicking here, or by contacting the WFF Crafts Co-Chairs, Rita Ferrara and Bill Day.


This is an all-volunteer event: everyone, including the performers, planners, technicians, and sound engineers, EVERYONE donates their services. We Need You! Tell us about some of your talents and interests and we will find a place for you to contribute to the Washington Folk Festival's ongoing success. During the festival, we need help with stage crews, information booths, parking, food service, trash patrols, theater ushers, volunteer and performer check-in, chronicling live performances, and facilitating last minute changes. In addition, we also need volunteers every weekend in May to help prepare for the festival. To volunteer click here.

Parking and Metro Access

Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Because of the popularity of the Festival, Glen Echo 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 from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. You can also ride METRO to the Friendship Heights Station, walk the short distance to GEICO and ride the free shuttle.

For More Information Please Contact
FSGW Washington Folk Festival Operations Coordinator, Dwain Winters
4525 Middleton Lane
Bethesda,MD 20814-3513
Home 3015268558 Cell 3015268558
Cell Phone: 301-526-8558

The Washington Folk Festival is produced and funded 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, MD, the Richmond Folk Festival, and the donations and volunteer work of many others.

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