Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 22nd, 2022 - July 4th, 2022 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitors at the 2005 Folklife Festival

Visitors at the 2005 Folklife Festival
Photo by John Korb, Smithsonian Institution

Come say hello to Alliance staff at this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall on June 23-24 and July 1-3!

The 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, returning to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., after a two-year hiatus, will highlight positive environmental stories from the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism movement. Visitors to the festival’s “Earth Optimism × Folklife: Inspiring Conservation Communities” program will experience 11 days of workshops, demonstrations, performances, family activities, and discussion sessions exploring actions that are making a difference.

“Earth Optimism × Folklife” celebrates what is working in conservation. By changing the narrative from despair to optimism and possibility, the program shines a light on individual and community efforts to address people’s most pressing challenges.

In the “Coastal Connections” space, visitors can see how communities are taking action to better manage coastal ecosystems. Visitors can learn about restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay and talk with artisans and entrepreneurs in Belize who are transforming the problematic lionfish into tasty dishes and jewelry.

Alliance staff members will be present in the “Coastal Connections” space across from the National Museum of Natural History on June 23-24 and July 1-3. Stop by and say hi!

Map of 2022 Folklife Festival. Also available at