The diverse cultures of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Wisconsin, the Philippines and the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin are the themes of the 32nd annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Friday through Sunday and Wednesday through July 5 on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets (Metro: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle). Events run from 11 to 5:30 each day and include music, dancing, foods, crafts, demonstrations and other activities. There's a dance party each evening from 5:30 to 7, and every evening from 7 to 9 (except July 4) there's a concert featuring music from festival programs. There
are three special concerts this weekend: Folkways children's artists Ella Jenkins and Larry Long, Friday from 5:30 to 7; Arlo Guthrie, Josh White Jr., Toshi Reagon and the Willie Foster Blues Band, Friday from 7 to 9; and Navajo singer-songwriter Sharon Burch, Aleut-Seminole flute player Mary Youngblood, Lakota singer Sissy Goodhouse and others, Sunday from 5:30 to 9. It's all free. For a recording of daily events, call 202/357-4574; for information, call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729, Spanish: 202/633-9126). The festival's Web address is: www.si.edu/folklife
Caribbean food, music, crafts and culture are celebrated at the D.C. Caribbean Carnival, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 at Banneker Field, Georgia Avenue and Barry Place NW (Metro: U Street/ Cardozo or Shaw/Howard University). It kicks off Saturday at noon with a parade featuring Caribbean band X-Tatik with Machel Montano, marching units and other groups, starting at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW and marching south on Georgia to the festival. Music is by Masqueraders, Bobby Aming & Associates, Pan Masters Steel Orchestra and others. Free; call 202/726-2204.
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