Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 26-30 and July 3-7 on the National Mall

Sometimes the Smithsonian Folklife Festival throws a bone to the tourists. This year, it makes them work for it. The 2013 slate, “Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival,” “One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage,” and “The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style and Identity,” is bringing in some pretty esoteric acts, like Kalmyk singers from a Buddhist-settled region of Russia; Tuvan musicians; Hungarian fiddlers; and the post-bop, noisy jazz experimentation of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. But the annual cultural scrum on the National Mall won’t be completely closed to fannypacks; it’ll still offer a slew of hands-on, family-friendly activities in all corners and dance parties that kick in after 6 p.m. The exhilarating Garifuna performers, especially, should entertain even the most restless nieces and nephews.

June 26 to June 30 and July 3 to 7 on the National Mall. Free. festival.si.edu.

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