July 6: Today’s Events at the Folklife Festival

Today at the Folklife Festival: John Philip Sousa’s legacy, line dancing and stained glass crafts.


Q Monts sits patiently at Nu Flava Ink while tattoo artist Charles “Coco” Bayron puts the finishing touches on Q’s tattoo reading “Time is Money, Money is Time.” Photo by Susana Raab, Anacostia Community Museum.

Each morning of the Festival, Around the Mall will publish a list of events to help you navigate the National Mall and get the most out of your visit. This year’s event features three programs: Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150, Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt, and Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River. Come celebrate summer with ten days of food, music, dancing, storytelling, culture and more.

Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150


Morrill Performing Arts Center

11:00 AM—12:00 PM       West Virginia University Steel Band

12:00 PM—1:00 PM         University of Hawai’i's Hula Halau Unukupukupu

1:00 PM—2:00 PM           Guernsey Brothers

2:00 PM—3:00 PM           University of Texas–Pan American Mariachi Aztlán

3:00 PM—4:00 PM          West Virginia University Steel Band

4:00 PM—5:00 PM          University of Hawai’i's Hula Halau Unukupukupu

5:00 PM—5:30 PM          University of Hawai’i Ensemble


Commons Discussion

11:00 AM—11:45 AM       Research Into Action: The Pinhook Research Project

11:45 AM—12:30 PM       Building on Tradition: Traditional Material in the Classroom

12:30 PM—1:15 PM         The Land-grant Tradition: LGUs as  Smithsonian Affiliates

1:15 PM—2:00 PM           The Next 150 Years: Students and Classrooms of the Future

2:00 PM—2:45 PM          Transforming Communities: Forging Partnerships

2:45 PM—3:30 PM          Sustainable Solutions: Coastal Connections

3:30 PM—4:15 PM          Reinventing Agriculture: What’s New at the USDA?

4:15 PM—5:00 PM         Opening Doors: Music and Learning

5:00 PM—5:30 PM         Lifelong Learning: Young Learners


Smithsonian U

11:00 AM—11:30 AM      Growing America’s Bioeconomy

11:30 AM—12:00 PM      Citizen Science: How You Can Contribute to Science

12:00 PM—12:30 PM      Urban Sustainability: Growing Up and Growing Out!

12:30 PM—1:00 PM        The Forest Service’s Role Transforming Communities and 1890 Schools

1:00 PM—1:30 PM          Big Data and Success for All

1:30 PM—2:00 PM          Forty Years of Land Grant Food Safety Education

2:00 PM—2:30 PM         John Philip Sousa’s Influence on America’s Collegiate Band Movement

2:30 PM—3:00 PM         The Beauty, Bounty, and Benefits of Beer The Future of Water

3:00 PM—3:30 PM         Citizen Science: How You Can Contribute to Science

3:30 PM—4:00 PM         Community Visioning

4:00 PM—4:30 PM        Sustainable Agriculture: Success and Challenges

4:30 PM—5:00 PM        Aquatic Invasive Species

5:00 PM—5:30 PM       What We Can Learn from Interviewing Veterans.



Test Kitchen

11:00 AM—11:45 PM      Olive Oil

12:00 PM—12:45 PM     Food and Medicine: Medicinal Tinctures

1:00 PM—1:45 PM          Traditional Hawaiian Cooking

2:00 PM—2:45 PM         Vermont Maple Syrup

3:00 PM—3:45 PM         USDA Experts: People’s Garden Kid Food Tasting

4:00 PM—5:30 PM         From the Farmers Market


Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt


Red Hot Stage

11:00 AM—11:45 AM      The NAMES Performers

11:45 PM— 12:30 PM      The NAMES Performers

12:30 PM—1:15 PM         The NAMES Performers

1:15 PM —2:00 PM         Spoken Word

2:00 PM—2:45 PM          The NAMES Performers

2:45 PM —3:30 PM         The NAMES Performers

3:30 PM —4:15 PM          Spoken Word

4:15 PM—5:00 PM          The NAMES Performers

5:00 PM—5:30 PM          A Conversation about Arts and Advocacy


Giving Voice Stage

11:00 AM—11:45 AM      The Quilt on Tour: The First Displays

11:45 PM— 12:30 PM     Call My Name

12:30 PM—1:15 PM        Life in the Age of AIDS

1:15 PM —2:00 PM         Panel Makers

2:00 PM —2:45 PM        Material Culture in a Digital Age

2:45 PM —3:30 PM        Seeing HIV/AIDS Through Photography

3:30 PM —4:15 PM        Positive Living

4:15 PM—5:00 PM         HIV/AIDS Through Spoken Word

5:00 PM—5:30 PM        Reflections on The Quilt Display



Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River


Panorama Room

11:00 AM—11:45 AM      Line Dance & Workshop: Iverson Mall Line Dancers

11:45 AM—12:30 PM       African Heritage Dancers & Drummers

12:30 PM—1:30 PM        Dance Workshop: Taratibu Youth Association

1:30 PM—2:30 PM          What is Liturgical Dance: Dancing With A Purpose Ministries

2:30 PM—3:30 PM         Line Dancing Workshop: Iverson Mall Line Dancers

3:30 PM—4:30 PM         Step Dance: Taratibu Youth Association

4:30 PM—5:30 PM        What is Liturgical Dance: Dancing With A Purpose Ministries


Good Hope and Naylor Corner

11:00 AM—11:45 AM     Poetry: Melani Douglass

11:45 PM— 12:30 PM    Storytelling: Master-Griot Storyteller Baba-C

12:30 PM—1:30 PM      Quilting: Daughters of Dorcas & Sons

1:30 PM—2:30 PM        African Heritage Dancers & Drummers

2:30 PM—3:30 PM        Storytelling: Master-Griot Storyteller Baba-C

3:30 PM—5:30 PM        Southeast Slam: Up & Up Open Mike


Douglass Hall

11:00 AM—11:45 AM      BK Adams and Public Art

11:45 PM— 12:30 PM      Tattoo Art: Charles “Coco” Bayron

12:30 PM—1:30 PM        Stained Glass Crafts: Melani Douglass

1:30 PM—2:30 PM          BK Adams and Public Art

2:30 PM—3:30 PM          Tattoo Art: Charles “Coco” Bayron

3:30 PM—4:30 PM         Quilting: Daughters of Dorcas & Sons

4:30 PM—5:30 PM         Ongoing activities


Evening Concert


Morrill Performing Arts Center

6:00 PM—7:30 PM Univ. of Texas–Pan American Mariachi Aztlán and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

About Leah Binkovitz
Leah Binkovitz

Leah Binkovitz is a Stone & Holt Weeks Fellow at Washington Post and NPR. Previously, she was a contributing writer and editorial intern for the At the Smithsonian section of Smithsonian magazine.

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