Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

The oldest continuously running folk festival in the United States began in 1928 when the Asheville Chamber of Commerce asked musician and folk historian Bascom Lamar Lunsford to arrange a folk song and dance program for the city's Rhododendron Festival. The presentation was so popular that Lunsford presented the event on its own in 1930, calling it the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The festival soon became a model for folk festivals around the country and inspired the beginnings of the National Folk Festival in 1935 and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival's sister event, Shindig on the Green, in 1967.

Set inside the 800-seat Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center, each evening highlights the repertoire of mountain performers – old timers and the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Mountains that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee, and African heritage. Tickets available at Shindig on the Green at Pack Park on  June 30, July 7, 14 and 21, 2018.

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Event Details

Location Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center
Asheville, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Adults $25.00; Students $10.00; 3-Day Pass $50.00 ($5 discount advance purchase). Child 6-12 $5.00; Groups 10+ $20.00/person.
Music Styles Ballad Singing
Square Dancing
Event Type Concert / Performance, Festival
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible

Tickets can be purchased at the on line link, at Shindig on the Green June 30, July 7, 14 and 21, 2018.

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Where to Eat, Sleep, Shop & Play

Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau