Named by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event, held across the mountains of Western North Carolina in Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Cherokee, Franklin, Hickory, Asheville, and Hendersonville, plus a first performance in Greenville, South Carolina. The 2017 festival dates are July 20 – 30 and feature cultural ambassadors/dance performing groups from India, Netherlands, Slovenia, Argentina, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, Wales and local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians.
Folkmoot is defined as a “meeting of the people” and delivers exuberant, educational and entertaining programs for all ages based on cultural exchange through dance and music. The festival is designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity.
Featured Traditional Music events include:
- July 21, 6:30 p.m. - Folkmoot Group Guest Appearance at Mountain Street Dance, on Main Street, Waynesville. Free event.
- The Waynesville Street Dance is a featured event of the Blue Ridge Music Trails and is listed on this website.
- July 22, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Many Cultures Day at Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville
- This outdoor event is in its second year, scheduled for immediately after the Parade of Nations in downtown Waynesville. The event features 30-vendors, youth activities hosted by community groups, ethnic food trucks, international performers, community dance lessons, a youth performance stage with local youth fiddlers and dancers; additionally, there will be two Cherokee stickball game demonstrations. The cost of this outdoor festival is $5 for individuals over 5 years old. $5.00 admission.
- July 25, 10:00 am - Cherokee Ambassador’s Day in Cherokee, NC
- Our friends and neighbors, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, will share with our visiting cultural ambassadors and festival attendees the unique experience and often tragic but ultimately victorious history of the Cherokee people. The Cherokee culture and traditions are among the very richest offerings Western Carolina has to share with the world. The day includes visiting the Oconaluftee Indian Village, Qualla Arts & Crafts and the Museum of the Cherokee Indians, catered lunch at the Fairgrounds and culminating in an all group performance and cultural exchange at Cherokee Central High School, the Chief Joyce Dugan Arts & Cultural Center. Transportation is not included. Enrolled Eastern Band are admitted at no charge. Groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount. Please call Cherokee Programs Coordinator, Lisa Spring Wilnoty for more information at 828-452-2997. $35.00 - $65.00 Admission.
Visit Folkmoot.org for a complete list of the daily schedule, event locations, and event admission fees.