The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Furthering the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the American people.

Thank you to everyone who came to this year's FSGW Mini Fest Mark your calendars now for next year -- February 3, 2018!!

FSGW Mid-Winter Festival


The FSGW Mini-Fest is a delightful annual event that features banjos and bodhrans, washboards and waltzing, Schottis and shape note singing, English dance and Irish laments, Morris mayhem and more – at the Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, usually on the first Saturday in February. It features two all-day dance tracks, seven workshop and performance sites, plus unscheduled hallway shenanigans, and, in the evening, a concert and dance – there's no better way to cure your winter blues!! Here's a copy of the 2017 schedule,.As you can see, there's a lot to see (and to do, because Mini-Fest is particularly focused on participatory activities).

All of the wonderful photos you see are courtesy of Steve Tuttle, of Tuttle and Tuttle Photography.

In addition to the scheduled activities which are listed on the schedule, all sorts of other activities are going on. Morris dancers and rappersword groups dance in the lobby. 2008 Photo here. 2009. 2011. 2012. 2013. 2014. 2015. 2016.

People congregate in the hallways and stairwells to jam. 2008 Photo here. 2009. 2011. 2012. 2013. 2014. 2015.

There are crafts for sale, as well as CDs by the many performers who participate.2009. And here. And here.

Sometimes we have a handbell session. 2011. 2015. And here.

The 2017 Mini-Fest featured an all-day family-friendly track, and a CD Exchange table, both of which we hope will become annual treats. Here are some wonderful photos from the 2017 Mini-Fest.
Blues Jam. Blues Jam. Blues Jam. Concert. Dance. Dance. Dance. Doo-Wop Sing. Family track. Family track. Fiddle Workshop. Gospel Sing. Guitar. Handbells. Irish Jam. Maelstrom. Stage Performance. Stage Performance. Stage Performance. Tango. Tango.

FSGW Members benefit from significantly reduced ticket price -- but you can join FSGW at the door, and get the discount for members -- and children under 6 get in free.

The Mini-Fest Committee starts lining up performers in early fall each year. We also need volunteers to arrive early and help with set-up, or sell tickets, or staff the secure instrument check room. We'll be making announcements at dances and concerts in the fall that we're looking for participants.

For More Information Please Contact
FSGW Mini Fest Coordinator, April Blum
8300 Osage Terrace
Adelphi,MD 20783
Home 301-422-0292

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