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Shakespeare's Birthday


Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday

Happy Birthday, Will!

Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as we celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities.
From Shakespeare performances to stage combat demonstrations to Elizabethan crafts, there's something for everyone—including birthday cake!
Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Sword fighting demonstrations 

Live music 

Tour the Folger reading rooms and see their paintings and stained glass windows

A special appearance by Queen Elizabeth I 

Discussions from Folger curators and scholars

Readings from the winners of the 2019 Sonnet Contest birthday cake!


Classical WETA is proud to be the media partner of Shakespeare's Birthday. Before the show be sure to stop by and say hello to FM Host Nicole Lacroix at the Classical WETA Table and stay tuned for her introduction on stage. 

Event Venue

Folger Shakespeare Library

201 E. Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

For more information:

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

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