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, and you may view a PDF of the map from the prior year.

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
Bucket Brigade: Keep the Festival Free!
We'll see you - rain or shine
Information Booths
Emergency Services/First Aid
Lost People
NO Pets
American Sign Language Interpretation
Festival Photography/Videography: Your Presence Is Your Permission!