Whether you’re dusting off your dancing shoes for a Hungarian táncház or swapping stories with a Kallawaya healer, you’re sure to find something to enjoy at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year’s fest celebrates African-American culture and identity, endangered languages and the country of Hungary on the National Mall, with music, dancing, crafts and food. July 3-7, http://www.festival.si.edu.
For a completely different kind of party, check out the annual Capital Fringe Festival, featuring hundreds of unconventional performances in more than 15 venues. Performances include everything from a play where the audience wears headphones to a puppet show called “Mark Twain’s Riverboat Extravaganza!” July 11-28, http://www.capitalfringe.org.