Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. He saw the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival grow to be the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation and it continues in this way, a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. Bascom Lunsford’s mission was to present the finest of the Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lunsford’s was the first dubbed a folk festival, and he later consulted with many communities across the country interested in organizing similar festivals.

2019 Ticket Prices

  • Advanced Purchase through July 31, 2019: Adult $20.00, Students & Children (6-12 years) $5.00, 3-night package $50.00, Group (10 or more) $15.00/person.
  • At the Door:  Adults $25.00, Students $10.00, Children (6-12 years) $5.00, 3-night package $50.00, Group (10 or more) $20.00/person

Event Details

Location UNC-A Lipinsky Auditorium
Asheville, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
See prices in event description.
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 and at Shindig on the Green.

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Upcoming Dates:

  • Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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