Maryland Folklife

Maryland Traditions Family Folklife Area & Stage

Rico Newman, Piscataway weaving (photo credit: Remsberg, Inc.)

The Maryland Traditions Family Folklife Area & Stage at the 80th National Folk Festival celebrates and showcases the rich, living traditions of Maryland—from its Atlantic beaches to the Appalachian Mountains. The area shines a spotlight on the distinctive music, rituals, crafts, occupations, foodways, and other traditions at the heart of Maryland heritage, expressing both the state’s deep history and its evolving character.

Performances, demonstrations, displays, exhibits, and narrative presentations by Maryland master artisans and performers explore a wide range of cultural traditions, including those of its First Peoples, the cultural legacies of European settlers, and the expressions of the newest Maryland residents whose cultural roots come from around the globe.

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Maryland Traditions Family Folklife Stage Performers

The Barnstormers & the RockCandy Cloggers

old-time music and dance Emmitsburg, Maryland

Los Hijo ‘e Plena

bomba y plena Howard County, Maryland

Urban Artistry

popping Silver Spring, Maryland

Washington Samulnori

samulnori Kensington, Maryland

Maryland Traditions Family Folklife Area Demonstrators

Blacksmith Guild of Western Maryland

blacksmithing Boonsboro, Maryland

Cumberland Marbles Program

marbles Cumberland, Maryland

Janice & Anna Marshall

Smith Island cake Crisfield, Maryland

Kausik Das

rangoli Delmar, Maryland

Pocomoke Indian Nation

coiled pottery, flint knapping (shaping), and corncob darts Eden, Maryland

Salisbury area Filipino community

Filipino festival traditions Salisbury, Maryland

Sylvia Stephens

pieced quilt making Hyattsville, Maryland

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