National Folk Festival Heading to Greensboro

The three-day outdoor celebration of arts, culture and heritage is free and features more than 300 performers and craftspeople.


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2015 is the first time the event has been held in North Carolina in its 75-year history, and it will be held in Greensboro in 2016 and 2017 as well.

Photo courtesy of National Folk Festival

The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) has chosen downtown Greensboro as the location for the upcoming National Folk Festival, which will take place Sept. 11-13. This year is the first time the event has been held in North Carolina in its 75-year history, and it will be held in Greensboro in 2016 and 2017 as well.

The three-day outdoor celebration of arts, culture and heritage is free and features more than 300 performers and craftspeople. The schedule includes parades, dancers, musicians, storytelling, Southern food and craft beer, demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on children’s activities that are entertaining and educational.

To showcase Greensboro’s history, special “Fabric of Freedom” activities are planned to commemorate the city’s Quaker heritage, the birth of the Civil Rights Sit-In Movement at the downtown Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, and several historic locations including the Guilford Courthouse, N.C. A&T University and Bennett College, Cone denim mills, and Underground Railroad sites.

The National Folk Festival is co-produced by ArtsGreensboro and the NCTA along with the City of Greensboro, the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Action Greensboro. For more information and a schedule of events, go to nationalfolkfestival.com or call 373-7523.

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