Join us as we partner with the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill and travel to the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Held each year on the National Mall in Washington, DC, rain or shine, the festival hosts a wide range of authentic living traditions — both old and new. This year is the festival's 50th anniversary and promises to be an excellent occasion!
The Circus Arts are one of the focuses of this year's festival. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall. But visitors will see more than just a performance — meet coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, musicians, lighting and sound technicians, poster artists, wagon builders, cooks, and many others whose collective creative work brings the circus to life. Along with new students and celebrated masters, experience the many dimensions of circus arts through performances, demonstrations, and workshops under a big top tent and other colorful venues.
National Heritage Fellows
This year, the festival will also showcase the rich array of traditional artists from across the country who have received the NEA's National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest award for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. Exemplary artists from a wide variety of cultural groups and regions will share their music, dance, crafts, and stories with each other and the public.
Youth, Culture and Migration
The festival will explore how American culture has been shaped by the movement of people to and within the United States. Together we will examine immigration and migration through cross-cultural and intergenerational dialogue about our collective past and future.
50 Years of Folklife
A special exhibit, "50 Years | 50 Objects", will look at items created by the craftspeople who have participated in the festival over the years: from chainsaw carvers to Southern potters, religious scroll painters to silversmiths. It is both an unintentional collection and a wonderful treasure. The festival will hold a reunion on July 8 and 9, and you are invited to share your favorite Festival memories and photos in person or online.
Sample this expansive and exciting event at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival's YouTube Channel.
About the trip:
- Bus departs at 8:30 am from the parking lot of the Radisson Hotel, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA Directions »
- During the day, you'll have plenty of free time to explore and participate in the festival!
- On the way home, we will make a stop for dinner on your own.
- We will return to Camp Hill by 9:30pm.
- Wear comfortable shoes as there will be some walking.
- Many of the areas are tented, but be aware that this is a rain or shine event.
- Be aware of security restrictions and consider leaving your pocketknife and similar items at home.
$40 per person includes:
- Round trip motor coach transportation from Camp Hill
- Boxed continental breakfast served en route to Washington, D.C.
- Gratuity for bus driver
Buy tickets online at BrownPaperTickets.com »
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or call their Live 24/7 Hotline: 1-800-838-3006
OR REGISTER AT THE LIBRARY!
100 N. 19th Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
See the library's website for hours and directions.