FAQs

  • Friday, September 6: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 7: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 8: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • The North Carolina Folk Festival is an outdoor event located throughout downtown Greensboro, NC. The Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie Street is a landmark at the center of the Festival site.  Due to street closures during the Festival, vehicles will NOT be able to navigate directly to this central location
  • If you are looking for Driving Directions and Parking Information for your visit to the Festival, check out  Driving Directions and Parking

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, beverages, marketplace handcrafts, and merchandise are available for purchase.

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 go direction to cover costs of the Festival. 

The Festival program and site are designed to operate in most all weather conditions. The show will go on even in a little rain!  Please be sure to check our website for updates and please be sure to opt in to push notifications in the settings section of this app to receive any weather or schedule updates. 

  • Your Presence is Your Permission!
  • Credentialed photographers and videographers will be working throughout the Festival. Some images may be used in upcoming promotional materials.  We consider your presence at the event to be your permission for such promotional use by the Festival.
  • Select performances will be interpreted through American Sign Language. Please view the final schedule for a full list of ASL interpreted performances
  • Accessible Parking spaces are available in decks and surface lots operated by the City of Greensboro. The vehicle height limitation for each of these decks:
    • Bellemeade Parking Deck at 220 North Greene Street (vehicle height limit: 7 feet, 0 inches)
    • Church Street Parking Deck at 215 North Church Street (vehicle height limit: 6 feet, 7 inches)
    • Greene Street Parking Deck at 211 South Greene Street (vehicle height limit: 6 feet, 8 inchest)
    • Note: The Davie Street Deck will be closed to the public during the Festival
  • If traveling in a vehicle that exceeds the height limitations of downtown parking decks, 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.

Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA), Higher Education Area Transit (HEAT) and Specialized Community Area Transportation (SCAT) provide a public transportation option to attend the North Carolina Folk Festival.  All GTA and HEAT buses are equipped for persons with disabilities including those using wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices. Visit ridegta.com for route maps, schedules and to view our live bus tracker. SCAT bus services specifically for persons with disabilities are available for current qualified users only by calling the normal reservations line.

  • A great place to start your North Carolina Folk Festival experience is at one of our Information Booths located at the following five locations throughout the festival site:
    • Intersection of Lindsay St. and Elm St. near the Wrangler Stage
    • Intersection of Commerce Pl. and Bellemeade St. near the Lawn Stage
    • Intersection of Market St. and Davie St. near the Folklife Area in Center City Park.
    • Intersection of Brenner Pl. and Davie St. near the LeBauer Park Stage
  • Street level accessible restrooms (portable toilets) are located at each performance venue.  
  • Indoor accessible restrooms within the Festival site are available at public facilities including the Greensboro Cultural Center (200 North Davie St), the Greensboro Public Library (219 North Church Street), and LeBauer Park (208 N. Davie Street).
  • For medical emergencies at the Festival, call 9-1-1. Guilford County EMS are located on site and are prepared to respond to emergencies.  Greensboro Police officers will also be located in various places around the Festival site and can assist in emergencies while calling Guilford County EMS for support.  If you are need of minor assistance, First Aid booths are located near these Festival stages:
    • Wrangler Stage
    • Lawn Stage
    • CityStage

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

  • Information Booths are located throughout the Festival site near the following stages:
    • Wrangler Stage
    • Lawn Stage
    • LeBauer Park Stage
    • CityStage
  • Festival schedules, maps, and general information are distributed from these booths by our wonderful volunteers!

If you find any items left behind by another festival attendee, please turn it into to any one of our Information Booths located at Wrangler Stage, Lawn 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 https://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.

Bringing a Lawn Chair is great way to enjoy the festival. There is some limited seating – first come, first served, at CityStage, Wrangler Stage, and the Lawn Stage.

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Festival History

Held annually in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. The North Carolina Folk Festival features performances and demonstrations by the finest musicians, dancers, and craftspeople – with performing groups on multiple stages including a dance pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing, and a family stage with performances appealing to both the young and young-at-heart. A mix of open air and tented sites will provide a variety of performance venues ranging from intimate stages to amphitheater size. In addition to the performance stages, the Folk Festival also hosts a Family Activities Area, the North Carolina Arts Marketplace, and the Festival Food Courts.

 

The North Carolina Folk Festival is a legacy event of the National Folk Festival which was hosted in Greensboro from 2015 – 2017. Building on the foundation of its predecessor event, the North Carolina Folk Festival will continue to be a FREE outdoor annual event that celebrates and showcases the cultural roots and traditions of communities across our state, nation, and the world. Background on the National Folk Festival: An exuberant traveling festival that celebrates the diverse cultural expressions of 21st-century Americans, the National Folk Festival is produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) in partnership with communities around the country. In 2017, the National celebrated its 77th anniversary in Greensboro, North Carolina. Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National has celebrated the roots, richness, and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Festival was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races, and languages on equal footing. Some of the artists presented at the first festival are now legendary and the recordings and other documentation made possible by the National are precious. “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy’s first performance on a desegregated stage was at the 1938 National. It was also the first to present to the public musical forms such as the blues, Cajun music, polka bands, Tex-Mex conjunto, Peking Opera, and many others. The National’s three-year stay in each host city is intended to lay the groundwork for a sustainable, locally produced festival that continues after it moves on. Including Greensboro—where the Festival was in residence from 2015 through 2017—the National Folk Festival has been presented in 28 cities. Musicians and craftspeople from every state and most U.S. territories have participated in this “moveable feast of deeply traditional folk arts.” Presented to audiences free of charge over three days, National Folk Festivals have drawn audiences of 100,000 to 175,000 annually since 1987.

Special Programs

Fabric Of Freedom (2015 - 2016)

Fabric of Freedom was a series of arts programs that celebrated the diversity and cultural history of Greensboro, host city for the National Folk Festival (2015-2017). Exhibits, music, dance, community events, and more were presented in venues across the city during the two-year run of the program in 2015 and 2016. In its second year, Fabric of Freedom extended the spirit of the Festival across Greensboro, serving over 3,200 attendees. The Fabric of Freedom program was funded by a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant and co-sponsored by the AJ Fletcher Foundation and Lincoln Financial.