General Info

North Carolina Folk Festival
Greensboro, NC
September 6-8, 2019

Last year the North Carolina Folk Festival attracted over 150,000 people to downtown Greensboro for a three-day celebration of cultural heritage through music, dance, handmade crafts, food, and family fun! The North Carolina Folk Festival is one of the fastest growing FREE festivals in the Southeast, and the 2019 Festival will feature an exciting, new lineup of global artists, American roots performers, and North Carolina flavors!

Hours of Operation

Festival Hours

Thursday, September 5: 8pm – 10pm
Friday, September 6: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday, September 7: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday, September 8: 12pm – 5pm

CityStage sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
Friday 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Wrangler Stage
Friday 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Lawn Stage
Friday 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

LeBauer Park Stage
Friday 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

NC Folklife Demonstration Area at Center City Park
Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Family Stage and Area
Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Van Dyke Performance Space
Thursday 8pm – 10pm
Friday SILENT
Saturday 12pm – 8pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

NC Makers Marketplace
Friday 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Plan Your Visit

Lodging

Traveling to Greensboro for the North Carolina Folk Festival and need a place to stay? Check out our Hotel Partners!

Directions, Public Transportation & Parking

The North Carolina Folk Festival takes place on streets and in parks in Downtown Greensboro, NC. The Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 North Davie Street is a central location within the Festival footprint, surrounded by several street closures that impact regular traffic in Greensboro during the event.

Detailed driving directions, rideshare, parking, and transportation options to/from the North Carolina Folk Festival are available in our Directions/Parking page.

Bring A Chair

Bringing a lawn chair is a great way to enjoy the festival!

There is limited seating provided (first-come, first-served) at CityStage, Wrangler Stage, and the Lawn Stage.

Rain or Shine

The North Carolina Folk Festival will go on rain or shine. Please be sure to check our website for updates, and when using the Festival Mobile App be sure to “opt in” to push notifications in the settings section to receive weather or schedule updates.

On the Festival Site

Admission

The North Carolina Folk Festival is FREE to attend! You and your family may enjoy all the performances and family activities at no cost. Food, beverage, marketplace handcrafts, and merchandise are available for purchase.

Once You've Arrived / Information Booths

A great place to start your North Carolina Folk Festival experience is at on of our information booths located at the following four locations on the Festival site:

  • Near Wrangler Stage – intersection of Lindsay Street and N. Elm St.
  • Near the Lawn Stage – intersection of Commerce Pl. and Bellemeade St.
  • Near LeBauer Park stage – intersection of Brenner Pl. and Davie St.
  • Near CityStage – intersection of Market St. and Davie St.

Festival schedules, maps, and general information are distributed from these booths by our wonderful volunteers!

Medical Assistance / First Aid

For medical emergencies at the Festival, call 9-1-1. Guilford County Emergency Medical Services crew are located on site and are prepared to respond to emergencies. Greensboro Police officers are also located in various places around the Festival site and can assist in emergencies while calling for Guilford County EMS support.

If you are in need of minor assistance, First Aid booths are located near these Festival stages:

  • Wrangler Stage
  • Lawn Stage
  • LeBauer Park Stage
  • CityStage

 

If you are in need of medical assistance outside Festival hours, call 9-1-1.

Map

The North Carolina Folk Festival takes place in downtown Greensboro, centered around the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie Street.

The 2019 Festival site map is currently under construction. Check back this summer to download the map.

Restroom Facilities

Street level accessible restrooms (portable toilets) are located near each performance stage.

Indoor accessible restrooms within the Festival footprint are available at public facilities including the Greensboro Cultural Center (200 North Davie Street), the Greensboro Public Library (219 North Church Street), and LeBauer Park (208 North Davie Street).

Accessibility

Select performances will be interpreted through American Sign Language.  Please view the final performance schedule for a list of ASL-interpreted performances.

Accessible Parking spaces are available in parking garages and surface lots operated by the City of Greensboro.  The height limitation for each of the parking garages:

  • Bellemeade Parking Garage at 220 North Greene Street: vehicle height limit is 7 feet, 0 inches.
  • Church Street Parking Garage at 215 North Church Street: vehicle height limit is 6 feet, 7 inches.
  • Greene Street Parking Garage at 211 South Greene Street: vehicle height limit is 6 feet, 8 inches.
  • Note:  The Davie Street Parking Garage will be closed to the public during the Festival.

If traveling in a vehicle that exceeds the height limitations of these parking garages, there are three surface lots that will be available for accessible parking:

  • Hanes-Lineberry surface lot at 515 North Elm Street.  Managed by the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Commerce surface lot at 210 Commerce Place.  This lot is first-come, first-served.  May be accessed via Friendly Avenue during the Festival
  • Galyon Depot surface lot at 236 East Washington Street.  This lot is first-come, first-served.  May be accessed via Washington Street.

What Else?

Bucket Brigade

Help us keep the Festival FREE! It’s expensive to mount a world-class event like the North Carolina Folk Festival. Your donations make a difference! Please be on the lookout for our “Bucket Brigade” volunteers in blue shirts carrying blue buckets. They’ll circulate throughout the Festival and ask for your support. All of your donations will directly cover the costs of the Festival. In the meantime, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Festival through our Donate Page!

No Pets, Please!

Please do not bring pets (other than service animals) to the Festival. There will be THOUSANDS of people attending the Festival, and your pets will be more comfortable at home.

Photography & Videography

Your presence is your permission! Credentialed photographers and videographers will be working throughout the Festival to document the event. Some images may be used in promotional materials. We consider your presence at the event to be your permission for such promotional use by the Festival.

Lost People and Items

If a child or person in your party gets lost, please approach a Festival volunteer immediately. Volunteers will have access to people with radios who can get you help right away. If you find any items left behind by another Festival attendee, please turn it in to any on of our Information Booths located at Wrangler Stage, Lawn Stage, LeBauer Park Stage, or CityStage. All items will be collected by the Festival and stored by staff. If you lose an item, you may submit a lost item claim online at www.ncfolkfestival.com/contact. We will reply to claims as soon as possible after the close of the Festival. Items not claimed after 60 days will be discarded.