2018 Folk Festival Event Info

The North Carolina Folk Festival
September 7-9, 2018
Downtown Greensboro, North Carolina

Celebrating Our Cultural Roots

The North Carolina Folk Festival is a FREE, 3-day outdoor celebration of cultural roots and heritage 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 Festival also hosts a Family Activities Area, the North Carolina Arts Marketplace, and the Festival Food Courts


While some of the Festival’s stages will have folding seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, to guarantee that you have a seat at every location, we encourage you to bring your own portable chair.

Official 2018 North Carolina Folk Festival Schedule

The 2018 festival schedule will be announced in early summer 2018, at which time it will become available for viewing at ncfolkfestival.com/schedule. In the meantime, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive the first notifications announcing performers, the schedule of performances, and other important news from the Festival.

Official 2018 North Carolina Folk Festival Map

The 2018 map will be available in early summer 2018.  For those who have attended the Folk Festival in Greensboro previously, the site layout will remain very much the same.

Hours of Operation

Friday, September 7, 2018:  6:00 – 10:00 pm

Saturday, September 8, 2018:  noon – 10:00 pm

Sunday, September 9, 2018:  noon – 6:30 pm

Food and beverage sales and marketplace vendors will open at 5:30 pm on Friday and 11:30 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Admission

The North Carolina Folk Festival is a FREE event—you and your family may enjoy all the performances, the dance pavilion, and the Family Activities Area & Stage at no cost. Food, beverages, marketplace handcrafts, and Festival merchandise are available for purchase.

Bucket Brigade: Keep the Festival Free!

The North Carolina Folk Festival is a FREE event!

And your donations are key to keeping it that way.

It’s expensive to mount a world-class event like the North Folk Festival. In fact, it costs well over $1 million to present the Festival each year.

Please be on the lookout for dedicated community volunteers who serve as “The Bucket Brigade.” You’ll recognize them by their blue volunteer shirts and big blue buckets. They’ll circulate throughout the Festival and ask for your support. All of your donations will go directly to cover the costs of the Festival. Thanks in advance for your support.

We'll see you - rain or shine

No matter the weather, the show—and the North Carolina Folk Festival—will go on! In the event of rain, please check our website and the information booths located throughout the Festival for schedule updates.

Information Booths

Information booths are located throughout the Festival. Volunteers will be available to assist you.

Emergency Services/First Aid

First Aid/Emergency Service Centers are located throughout the Festival. Please see the map for locations.


Portable restrooms and hand-washing stations will be located in numerous locations throughout the Festival.

Lost People

If a child or another person in your party gets lost, please seek out one of any Festival volunteers, who are easily identified by their bright shirts. Volunteers can quickly find Festival staff members or Greensboro police officers, who will help you immediately.

NO Pets

PLEASE DO NOT BRING PETS (other than service animals) to the Festival! We expect very large crowds and your pets will be more comfortable at home.

American Sign Language Interpretation

Check back at a later date for a full list of performances with American Sign Language Interpretation.

Festival Photography/Videography: Your Presence Is Your Permission!

Credentialed North Carolina Folk Festival 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 producers.