The Smithsonian Institution's 19th Annual Festival of American Folklife continues today, with this year's themes of "Mela! An Indian Fair," "The Folk Traditions of Louisiana" and "Cultural Conservation."

The festival runs through Sunday, and continues Wednesday through July 7. Free events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, with nightly dance parties from 5:30 to 7:30, except on July 4.

The outdoor event takes place under tents and on stages set up on the Mall between 10th and 14th streets NW.

In addition to musical presentations and lectures, the festival features a variety of traditional food and crafts as well as demonstrations, including Pith toy making, tailoring, pottery making and Kolam floor painting.

For information, call 357-2700.

Today's festival highlights include:

11 -- Baul Devotional Song (Sound Stage). -- Brownie Ford (Metro Stage). -- Zion Travellers (14th Street Stage). -- Hispanic Music from New Mexico (Main Stage). -- Kmhmu Refugees from Laos (Discussion Area).-- Italian Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways). -- Cajun Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

11:20 -- Punjabi Folk Song & Dance (Sound Stage).

11:30 -- St. Landry Playboys (Metro Stage).

11:40 -- Folk Songs from Bengal & Northeast India (Sound Stage).

11:45 -- Appalachian Ballads (Main Stage). -- Conserving Occupational Culture: Western Cowboys (Discussion Area). -- Hezekiah & the Houserockers (14th Street Stage).

12:15 -- The Ott Family (Metro Stage). -- Chinese Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways).

12:30 -- Old-time Cajun Band (14th Street Stage). -- Traditional Culture and the Natural Environment (Discussion Area). -- New Orleans Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

12:40 -- Gujarati Folk Song & Dance (Sound Stage).

12:45 -- Black Gospel Quartet (Main Stage).

1 -- File (Metro Stage).

1:15 -- Cowboy Songs, Stories & Poetry (Main Stage). -- Conserving Ethnic Traditions: Irish Music (Discussion Area). -- North Louisiana Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

1:20 -- Baul Devotional Song (Sound Stage).

1:30 -- Hayride String Band (14th Street Stage). -- Salvadoran Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways).

1:40 -- Punjabi Folk Song & Dance (Sound Stage).

1:45 -- Silas Hogan & "Guitar Kelly" (Metro Stage).

2 -- Folk Songs from Bengal & Northeast India (Sound Stage). -- Cajun Music (Main Stage). -- Federal Cylinder Project (Discussion Area).

2:15 -- The Ott Family (14th Street Stage). -- Isleno Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

2:30 -- Zion Travellers (Metro Stage).

2:45 -- NEA Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program (Discussion Area).

3 -- Mayan Indian Marimba Music (Main Stage). -- Hezekiah & the Houserockers (Metro Stage). -- Young Tuxedo Brass (14th Street Stage). -- Gujarati Folk Song & Dance (Sound Stage). -- Italian Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways).

3:15 -- New Orleans Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

3:30 -- Kmhmu Music, Song & Dance (Main Stage). -- Traditional Fiddle Styles (Discussion Area).

3:40 -- Baul Devotional Song (Sound Stage).

3:45 -- Old-time Creole Trio (14th Street Stage). -- Hayride String Band (Metro Stage).

4 -- Punjabi Folk Song & Dance (Sound Stage). -- Blues (Main Stage).

4:15 -- White Cloud Hunters (Metro Stage).

4:20 -- Indian Percussionists (Sound Stage).

4:30 -- Henry Gray (14th Street Stage). -- Chinese Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways). -- North Louisiana Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

*4:40 -- Indian Folk Theater (Sound Stage).

4:45 -- Irish-American Music (Main Stage). -- Black Singing Styles: Gospel Quartet (Discussion Area).

5 -- St. Landry Playboys (14th Street Stage). -- Young Tuxedo Brass (Metro Stage).

5:30 -- Dance Parties (Sound, Main and 14th Street stages).