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. Free events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5:30 daily, with nightly dance parties from 5:30 to7:30.

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 kite making, puppetry, hide tanning and basketmaking.

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). -- Black Gospel Quartet (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). -- Appalachian Ballads (Main Stage).

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

11:45 -- Mayan Indian Culture in Guatemala (Main Stage). -- Hezekiah & the Houserockers (14th Street Stage).

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

12:30 -- Old-time Cajun Band (14th Street Stage). -- Irish-American Music & Kmhmu Music, Song & Dance (Main Stage). -- Conserving Occupational Culture: Western Cowboys (Discussion Area).-- New Orleans Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

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

1 -- Old-time Creole Trio (Metro Stage).

1:15 -- Mayan Indian Marimba Music (Main Stage). -- Federal Cylinder Project (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 and "Guitar" Kelley (Metro Stage).

2 -- Folk Songs from Bengal & Northeast India (Sound Stage). -- Conserving Traditional Music: Ethnic Radio (Discussion Area).

2:15 -- Ott Family (14th Street Stage). -- Blues (Main Stage). -- Cajun Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

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

2:45 -- Regional Traditions: Appalachian Balladry (Discussion Area).

3 -- Hispanic Music from New Mexico (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 -- Black Singing Styles: Gospel Quartet (Discussion Area).

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

3:45 -- Old-time Creole Trio (14th Street Stage). -- Hayride String Band (Metro Stage). -- Cowboy Songs, Stories & Poetry (Main Stage).

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

4:15 -- White Cloud Hunters (Metro Stage). -- Conserving Ethnic Tradition: Irish Music (Discussion Area). -- Chinese Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways).

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 -- Cajun Music (Main Stage).

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

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

7:30 -- Ravana Effigy Burning (Sound Stage).