Our Secondary School Shakespeare Festival for students in grades 7–12 is held each March. It is open to schools in DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Students come to the Folger for a full day and  perform prepared pieces from Shakespeare for each other.

Performances usually run for 25 minutes. Abridged versions of the plays or theme-based montages are welcomed, although all text should be in Shakespeare's original language.

While we regard the festival as a celebration of the Bard and not a competition, festival commentators—drawn from the professional theater and Shakespeare education communities—recognize exceptional performances, student directors, and good spirit amongst the students with selected awards at the end of each day. They are also available to share feedback with the students.