COVID Protocols - North Carolina Folk Festival

COVID-19 Safety Protocols at the 2021 North Carolina Folk Festival

To Our Festival Community;

The 2021 North Carolina Folk Festival is coming up soon and we find ourselves yet again navigating unprecedented uncertainty about Fall festivals and events. On behalf of the NC Folk Fest board and staff, I want you to know we are doing everything in our power to ensure our festival happens, and that we are implementing health and safety protocols designed to create a safe environment for our audiences and participants – including partnering with Cone Health to offer free vaccinations during the event.

We feel that our community needs festivals now – to celebrate our cultural and artistic roots, and to start to heal from the past 18 months. We can do that safely if, as members of society and our local communities, we all show care, kindness, respect, and consideration for those around us by:

These 4 acts of kindness and CDC recommended behaviors will be encouraged and enforced in several ways (see highlights and details below) in the lead-up to and during the 2021 North Carolina Folk Festival. As our circumstances change, we will adjust our COVID-19 safety protocols accordingly and communicate them with our audiences and participants on our website, in our email communications, and on social media.

Join us in downtown Greensboro Sept 10-12 if you are comfortable doing so, and please stay home if you’re not feeling well or are showing COVID symptoms. We are all in this together and can enjoy a fun and safe NC Folk Festival in September if we show kindness to one another by following our health and safety guidelines.


-Amy Grossmann, President & CEO, NC Folk Festival

The 2021 North Carolina Folk Festival COVID-19 Safety Guidelines (Highlights)

  • ALL festival performances and activities will take place outdoors in well-ventilated open spaces in downtown Greensboro, NC
  • Family Area CANCELLED.  Due to the interactive nature of our Family Activities Area (games, sharing of crafts materials, etc), we have decided to cancel our plans to host such activities at the 2021 NC Folk Festival.
  • Audiences are strongly encouraged to arrive at the festival with full COVID-19 vaccination status.
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    • Free COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at the 2021 NC Folk Festival, provided by Cone Health, at the intersection of North Elm Street and Friendly Avenue. Unvaccinated Participants and eligible Audience members will have access to this service during afternoon hours on Saturday (9/11/21) and Sunday (9/12/21).
  • Audiences are strongly encouraged to wear masks and maintain 6′ distancing protocols while attending the festival. Masks will be available for free at every Information Booth on the festival site.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer will be available at key locations around the festival site (beverage sales booths, first aid tents, information booths, at portable restrooms, etc).
  • Printed signs posted across the festival site as a reminder to distance, wear masks, get vaccinated, and wash hands.
  • Volunteers will be required to wear masks while serving in their capacity as volunteers.
  • Festival Participants (performers, staff, stage crew, volunteers, etc) will be required to conduct daily health self assessments prior to working, and will not be allowed to participate if showing COVID-19 symptoms or if they’ve been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Additional details as of August 22, 2021