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 tomorrow. Free events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5:30 daily, with nightly dance parties from 5:30-7:30.

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, pottery, boat building and basketmaking.

A free concert, featuring performers from all three festival programs, will be presented tonight at 7:30 at the Sylvan Theatre, near the Washington Monument.

For further information, call 357-2700.

Today's festival highlights include:

11 -- Baul Devotional Song (Sound Stage). -- Brownie Ford (Metro Stage). -- Old-time Cajun Band (14th Street Stage). -- Black Gospel Quartet (Main Stage). -- Traditional Fiddle Styles (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). -- Appalachian Ballads (Main Stage).

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

11:45 -- Black Singing Styles(Discussion Area).

Noon -- Hezekiah & the Houserockers (14th Street Stage). -- Crawfish Boil (Louisiana Foodways).

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

12:30 -- Irish-American Music + Kmhmu Music, Song & Dance (Main Stage). -- Conserving Ethnic Traditions: Hispanic Music (Discussion Area). -- New Orleans Cookery (Louisiana Foodways).

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

12:45 -- Zion Travellers Band (14th Street Stage).

1 -- Development of Cajun Music (Metro Stage).

1:15 -- Mayan Indian Marimba Music (Main Stage).

-- Regional Traditions: Appalachian Balladry (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).

2 -- Folk Songs from Bengal & Northeast India (Sound Stage). -- Cornrowing: Continuity of African Tradition (Discussion Area).

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

2:45 -- Traditional Culture and the Natural Environment (Discussion Area).

3 -- Hispanic Music from New Mexico (Main Stage). -- Silas Hogan & "Guitar" Kelley (Metro Stage). -- Young Tuxedo Brass (14th Street Stage). -- Gujarati Folk Song & Dance (Sound Stage). -- Khmhu Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways).

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

3:30 -- Mayan Indian Culture in Guatemala (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). -- Chinese Cookery (Cultural Conservation Foodways).

4:15 -- White Cloud Hunters (Metro Stage). -- Conserving American Indian Culture (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 -- Cajun Music (Main Stage).

5 -- St. Landry Playboys (14th Street Stage). -- New Orleans Jazz Funeral Parade (Metro Stage). -- Black Singing Styles: Gospel Quartet (Discussion Area).

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

7:30 -- Concert (Sylvan Theatre).