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 resumes Wednesday and will run through next Sunday. 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 Thursday.

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, and demonstrations, including quilting, basketry, Henna hand painting and decoy carving.

For further 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). -- Isleno 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 American Indian Culture (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).-- Mayan Indian Culture in Guatemala (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). -- Cornrowing: Continuity of African Tradition (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). -- Cajun Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

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

2:45 -- Black Singing Styles: Gospel & Blues (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).-- NEA Folk Arts Program (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). -- Chinese Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways). -- Traditional Culture and the Natural Environment (Discussion Area).

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

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

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

4:45 -- Irish-American Music (Main Stage).

5 -- St. Landry Playboys (14th Street Stage). -- Conserving Ethnic Traditions: Hispanic Music (Discussion Area). -- Parade (Metro Stage).

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