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
- Musical and theatrical performances
- Tour the Folger reading rooms and see their paintings and stained glass windows
- A special appearance by Queen Elizabeth I herself
- Discussions from Folger curators and scholars
- Readings from the winners of the 2018 Sonnet Contest
- And...free birthday cake!
Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle.
Read this year's entries from the winners of the 2017 Sonnet Contest.