Inaugural North Carolina Folk Festival Kicks off TODAY!


Inaugural North Carolina Folk Festival Kicks off TODAY!

Join us TODAY as we launch the North Carolina Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina and continue to celebrate the spirit and legacy of the National Folk Festival in our community! Hundreds of incomparable artists. Thousands of smiling faces and dancing people – a FREE, three-day festival where the fun and discovery never stops.

The North Carolina Folk Festival kicks off tonight at 6:45 pm on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina CityStage. Opening remarks will be followed by nearly a dozen performances on various stages throughout the evening.

Check out the full schedule of events on our website. You can also take all of the Folk Fest information with you in the palm of your hand by downloading the NC Folk Festival App to your iPhone or Android Device! Just scan the QR Code below to access the app!

Three parking decks (Bellemeade Street, Greene Street, and Church Street) will be open for a flat rate of $10 per day on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Bellemeade Street Deck can be accessed by traffic heading south on Greene Street
  • Greene Street Deck can be accessed by traffic heading both east and west on Washington Street
  • Church Street Deck can be accessed by traffic heading both north and south on Church Street

Directions, Public Transportation & Park-and-Ride
The 2018 North Carolina Folk Festival offers multiple options for you to get downtown. Check out all of the details, including road closures, on our website.

Navigate the Folk Festival 
Travel from venue to venue in style at the N.C. Folk Festival! The Greensboro Rickshaw Company will provide complimentary “transportainment” for festival goers throughout the festival.


Food Vendors: From southern treats to ethnic foods and festival fare – we have something for everyone! Click here!

Marketplace Vendors: Visit our amazing North Carolina Makers Marketplace vendors! Click here!

North Carolina Folklife Area: At this year’s North Carolina Folk Festival, outstanding North Carolina potters will demonstrate their artistry, and display and sell examples of their work. Click here!

Special Performances Curated by North Carolina Native Rhiannon Giddens
To the delight of her many friends and fans, singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens will be returning to her hometown as a performer and guest curator at the 2018 North Carolina Folk Festival. An untiring explorer of, and advocate for traditional music, Giddens achieved national prominence as a founding member of the African American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose 2010 album “Genuine Negro Jig” earned the group a Grammy® for Best Traditional Folk Album. Giddens has since gone on to record additional solo albums including “Tomorrow is My Turn”, which was produced by T Bone Burnett and released in 2014. In 2017, Giddens was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in recognition of her ongoing work to reclaim African American contributions to folk and country music and bringing to light new connections between music from the past and the present.

Check out the full schedule of performances curated by Rhiannon Giddens!

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