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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 with Tooth and Claw Combat Arts
- Music from the US Army Baroque Ensemble and the WETA Players
- Interactive demonstrations from Kill Shakespeare comics creator Anthony Del Col
- Tour the Folger reading rooms and see their paintings and stained glass windows
- A special appearances by Emily Jordan Folger and Queen Elizabeth I
- Discussions from Folger curators and scholars
- Readings from the winners of the 2018 Sonnet Contest
- And...free birthday cake!
Learn more about the 2018 Sonnet Contest.