The Festival

Photo by Julie Wiatt


The 2015 Festival will be held on Sunday, September 20. The Festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine, and is FREE to all!

It takes place at the Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, MD (map and directions).

Photo by Julie Wiatt

Music and Dance Program
Enjoy music and dance from around the world on seven stages. Some parts of the Festival are designed for audience participation, including performances at which you can sing along or dance to the music, and the many activities at and surrounding the Grassy Nook, our children’s stage.


The Festival strives to make our activities accessible to people with disabilities.

All of our indoor stages and most outdoor activities are accessible. Many performances are signed for the hard of hearing. Limited handicapped parking at Takoma Park Middle School site (10 to 15 spaces) and handicap-accessible shuttle-bus service from the Takoma Metro Kiss-and-Ride lot are provided.

Children’s Activities
Visit the Grassy Nook Stage for activities designed for children of all ages—folksingers, interactive musical games and dancing, and participatory music-making. Nearby are homemade children’s games provided by Cub Scout Pack 33—our thanks for their participation. Enjoy!

Juried Craft Show and Sale
The Festival’s juried craft show showcases the diverse talents of many artisans and craftspeople who live in Takoma Park and the region. Visit their booths to experience—and buy!—their varied and innovative creations. A juried selection process ensures the highest quality in handcrafted items.

About Your Pets …
We love animals too! But because of the hazards of possible bites, fights and droppings, please leave your pet at home on the day of the Festival. Only service dogs are allowed on the Festival grounds.

Community Tables
Around the grounds you will see a wide variety of community groups that rent table space to distribute literature and solicit new members and donations. We encourage you to learn about the many activities taking place in and around Takoma Park by visiting the community-tables area. Space is allocated to non-profit groups for a nominal fee.

Photo by Julie Wiatt

Selected vendors are allocated space to sell food that represents several ethnic cuisines and provides fun, inexpensive options for the entire family.

Local organizations that support youth and youth activities are Festival beneficiaries. Parents and supervisors of these organizations, as well as teenagers, serve as volunteers on Festival day to earn the funds, which are distributed after the Festival, to help support specific projects cited in their proposals. We are grateful for their efforts.

Past Beneficiaries include:

  • Boy Scout Troop 33
  • Cub Scout Pack 33
  • Boy Scout Troop 97
  • Friends of Sligo Creek
  • Girl Scout Troop 5831
  • God Glorified Church