The Smithsonian Institution's 38th annual Folklife Festival starts today on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets NW. Admission is free. For more information, call 202-633-9884 or visit www.folklife.si.edu. All schedules subject to change.

Haiti: Haitian Kitchen

Noon. Soup Joumou/Food for Legba

1 p.m. Red Beans and Rice

2 p.m. Chicken

4 p.m. Pain Patate (sweet potato pudding)

5 p.m. Food Display: An Independence Day presentation

Haiti: KRIK KRAK

Noon. Tales of Bouki and Malis

12:45 p.m. Kreyol Language Workshop

1:30 p.m. Architecture, Freedom and Creativity

2:15 p.m. Stories from the Land of Mountains Behind Mountains

3 p.m. Painting as Popular Tradition in Haiti

3:45 p.m. Haitian Proverbs

4:30 p.m. Dyaspora Voices

Haiti: Music

Noon. Rara Music: San Rankin

12:45 p.m. Vodou Drumming: Azor

1:30 p.m. Konbit Songs: Kod-o-Bann

2:15 p.m. Ballads: Boulo Valcourt

3 p.m. Vodou Drumming: Azor

3:45 p.m. Konbit Songs: Kod-o-Bann

4:30 p.m. Twoubadou Music: Tikoka

5 p.m. Rara Music: San Rankin

Haiti: Ounfo

Noon. Veve Workshop: Sacred Drawings in Honor of Papa Legba

12:45 p.m. Vodou and Space: The Ounfo and Lakou

1:30 p.m. Rhythm and Ritual Dance

2:15 p.m. Making the Sacred Altar for Papa Legba

3 p.m. Vodou, Freedom and Creativity

3:45 p.m. Color, Dress and Ritual Display

4:30 p.m. Elements of Ceremony: Honoring Papa Legba

Water Ways: Bayhouse Narrative

Noon. Weather and the Water

12:30 p.m. Lighthouse Stories

1:15 p.m. Boat Talk

2 p.m. Maritime Communities in Transition: Smart Growth Programs

2:45 p.m. Fishing: Then and Now

3:30 p.m. Water Ways: Ecotourism and Ecology

4:15 p.m. Island Life

5 p.m. Marsh Life

Water Ways: Kid's Coast

Environmental Learning Center

11 a.m. Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Hands-on Marshlands Ecology, Duck Decoy Carving and Duck and Goose Calling Activities

Water Ways: Maritime Kitchen

Noon. Crisfield Cooking

1 p.m. Virginia Eastern Shore Cooking

2 p.m. Harkers Island Cooking

3 p.m. Smith Island Crab-Picking and Cooking

4 p.m. Virginia Eastern Shore Cooking

5 p.m. Crisfield Cooking

Water Ways: Shore Memories

11:45 a.m. Smith Island Life

12:30 p.m. Menhaden Fishing Work Songs

1:15 p.m. Southern Maryland Tunesmith

2 p.m. Lighthouse Stories

2:45 p.m. Menhaden Fishing Work Songs

3:30 p.m. Southern Maryland Tunesmith

4:15 p.m. Down East North Carolina Stories and Songs

5 p.m. Life Jacket Drill: Sailing and Power Squadron

Nuestra Musica: El Portal

Noon. Music and Commodification

12:45 p.m. Harp Construction

1:30 p.m. Music Scenes: Sidemen's Perspectives

2:15 p.m. Musical Traditions of New Mexico

3:45 p.m. Music and Resistance

Nuestra Musica: El Salon de Baile

Noon. New Mexican Social Dance

12:45 p.m. Bailemos, Let's Dance! -- Son Jarocho Fandango

1:30 p.m. Salsa Dance Class with DJ Bruno and Eileen Torres

2:15 p.m. Bailemos, Let's Dance! -- Conjunto Tejano

3 p.m. Salsa Dance Class with DJ Bruno

3:45 p.m. Bailemos, Let's Dance! -- Merengue Perico Ripiao

4:30 p.m. Salsa Dance Class with DJ Bruno

Nuestra Musica: La Fonda

11 a.m. Festival Opening Ceremony

Noon. Salvadoran Chanchona

12:45 p.m. Tejano Conjunto

1:30 p.m. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

2:15 p.m. Traditional Merengue

3 p.m. Plena y Bomba

3:45 p.m. Son Jarocho

4:30 p.m. Joropo Llanero

5:30 p.m. NEA Latino National Heritage Fellows: Mexican String Traditions

Nuestra Musica: La Pena

Noon. Jarocho Traditions

12:45 p.m. Plena y Bomba of Puerto Rico

1:30 p.m. Marimba Traditions of Guatemala

2:15 p.m. Afro-Cuban Religious Music

3 p.m. The Acoustic Bass in Latino Music

3:45 p.m. Marimba Traditions of Guatemala

4:30 p.m. The Chanchona of El Salvador