NC Folk Festival Friends:


Late last week we made the decision to cancel our “Folk in the Park” event that was to take place in Greensboro’s LeBauer Park this coming Saturday, March 21.  While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Guilford County, NC yet, we respect and support the recommendation, and now executive order, of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to cancel or postpone any gatherings that are expected to exceed 100 people for the next 30 days.


Like you, we are continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our community as we adjust our daily work and personal lives to this new reality.  The health and safety of our participants, staff, volunteers, and patrons remain our highest priority.


As of now there are no plans to cancel or postpone our main event, the North Carolina Folk Festival, the weekend of September 11-13, 2020.  The board and staff of the NC Folk Festival will remain in close contact with our local officials, and we’ll be sure to publish notification of any changes we make in the coming weeks and months.


In the meantime, here are a couple things you can do to directly or indirectly support the gig and local economies that represents the lifeblood and livelihood of the people who contribute each year to the NC Folk Festival’s success in Greensboro:


Enjoy this new NC Folk Festival Performer Compilation playlist on Spotify.  This playlist contains over 100 tracks of performers who have appeared at the North Carolina Folk Festival (and its predecessor event, the National Folk Festival) from 2015 – 2019. Keeping these artists in the airwaves is a great way to show your support and gratitude to all these talented folk who have contributed to our incredible event over the past 5 years. Note: Spotify is owned by Facebook, so if you do not already have a Spotify account, you may log in to the site by clicking the “Continue with Facebook” button.


Shop Online or via Phone in your local community.  If you are in the Greensboro region, follow Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.  These organizations are working to compile a list of local restaurants and retail businesses that provide service and purchasing opportunities you can access online or via deliver/take-out.


Though we must physically distance ourselves from each other during this challenging moment, I am confident that the art of the “folk” will be a key ingredient in bringing us back together when the time is right, and will only strengthen our sense of belonging in the communities we create.


Amy Grossmann

President & CEO