Shakespeare's Birthday at the Folger

When:  Apr 14, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

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!

Food trucks will be available with tasty treats.

Learn more about the 2019 Sonnet Contest.


Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E Capitol Street, SE


Katie Dvorak