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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival runs this weekend and next weekend, from today through Monday, July 4, and then again from July 7 to 11.
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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival runs this weekend and next weekend, from today through Monday, July 4, and then again from July 7 to 11.

The opening ceremony began at 11 a.m. This year's festival focuses on the nation of Colombia, the history of rhythm and blues music, and the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary.

There will be performances, demonstrations, and workshops each day at various stages around the mall. Evening events are planned as well.

The festival runs this weekend and next weekend, from today through Monday, July 4, and then again from July 7 to 11.

Admission is free, although souvenirs, crafts, and food are all available for a charge. Over its two weekends, the annual festival often brings more than a million visitors to the National Mall.

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