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About TPFF

The Takoma Park Folk Festival has been going on for 40+ years.  Explore the sections of this menu to learn more about the Festival's history, who we are today, and what's happening with this year's festival!


The mission of the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Inc. is to present a free annual folk festival in Takoma Park each September that celebrates the arts and the Takoma Park-Silver Spring community.  The event, which is held rain or shine, presents six stages of music, a juried crafts show, international food, community nonprofit tables, and children’s games and activities.  The Festival offers free shuttle buses (with wheelchair accessibility) to the Takoma Metro station.


The goals of TPFF are to: 

  1. Present a day of folk music, handcrafts, and food of many traditions that can be enjoyed by folks of all ages.

  2. Encourage the enjoyment of the cultural and ethnic diversity of the local and wider community.

  3. Celebrate the wealth of musical and artistic talent found in Takoma Park and the greater Washington community.

  4. Raise money for programs that benefit the young people of Takoma Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

  5. Encourage a sense of community and spirit of volunteerism by involving as many segments of the community as possible in producing the festival.

  6. Increase community awareness by providing a forum for local nonprofit organizations to distribute literature and answer questions.

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