Folkmoot and so much more in these beautiful Smoky Mountains!

Folkmoot and so much more in these beautiful Smoky Mountains!

Oh sure, we know Folkmoot Festival 2018 may be your main reason for visiting Western North Carolina in less than two weeks.

But, really, you can’t do Folkmoot all the time. There are still 24 hours in a day and so much more going on – and to see and do – in the summer time in our glorious Smokies!!

Folkmoot 2018 opens July 19 and runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailland and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians. 

Ticket packages and tickets for individual performances are available here.

We’re glad your coming and we bid you welcome to the mountains of Western Carolina and to Haywood County.  We invite you to stay longer to explore our communities and enjoy all there is to do and see.  

You can learn so much more at our official (and expert) visitors’ site: VisitNCSmokies but here is a sampling of just some of the other activities taking place during or near Folkmoot Festival time. And in between activities you’ll want to dine and refuel at many of our lovely restaurants. 

July 6-29

Folkmoot and so much more in these beautiful Smoky Mountains! Mame

This hilarious musical follows the eccentric life of Auntie Mame, a New York intellectual who pushes against the rigid social norms of the early 20th century. Based on the novel and play, Auntie Mame, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin

HART Theatre, 


July 13 & July 29

Folkmoot and so much more in these beautiful Smoky Mountains! Waynesville Mountain Street Dance

Downtown Waynesville, NC

The late evening dance has been going on for nearly a century. In the 1930’s Haywood County resident Sam Queen, known as “the dancing-est man in the land” organized the Soco Gap Dance Team, which was among the very first practiced mountain square dance and clogging demonstration teams in the country. Today his grandson, Joe Sam Queen, carries on the tradition.

July 29th dance is Folkmoot Night! – Live mountain music, clogging, and square dancing!


July 27 & 28

Folkmoot and so much more in these beautiful Smoky Mountains! Hillbilly Jam

Maggie Valley, NC

Hillbilly Jam features loads of live Music, Food, Crafts, Cornhole, Car & Bike Show, TV Celebrities and Moonshiners.


July 20 & July 27

Folkmoot and so much more in these beautiful Smoky Mountains! Pickin’ In the Park

Canton Recreation Park

Country and Bluegrass music and clogging performances!



August 4-5

Folkmoot and so much more in these beautiful Smoky Mountains! Lake Logan Multisport Festival

The 2018 Lake Logan Multisport Festival returns for its thirteenth year on August 4 & 5, and will retain the same schedule as the past three years with the Lake Logan Half on Saturday and the international and sprint races taking place on the Sunday. All three races are sanctioned by USA Triathlon and are part of the North Carolina Triathlon Series managed by Set Up Events.



And you might want to visit some of our famous destinations!!


Cataloochee Valley

This is one of the most beautiful areas within the Great Smoky Mountains and nestled in Haywood County.  Cataloochee was once a popular place for settlement and grew into a mountain community. Many original homesteads are still standing and visitors can experience the rich history of the valley. Visitors can tour the school, churches, barns, and several different homes to get a look at what life was like for the settlers. There are also many hiking trails and fishing spots to add to an adventure at Cataloochee Valley.


Graveyard Trails

This is a 3.2-mile roundtrip trail fun for the whole family and known for its beauty and its ease. The hike leads to three impressive waterfalls, an open, grassy area and pools for wading on a hot summer day. There is an abundance of blueberries near the falls so bringing a bucket for blueberry picking is encouraged. The trail begins at Graveyard Fields Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway from the U.S. Highway 276 junction.


Richland Balsam

This trail leads visitors to the highest peak of the Blue Ridge Parkway reaching 6,410 feet. To get to the peak, visitors take a 1.5-mile trail that passes through a spruce-fir forest. Blackberries and elderberries are there for the picking! Milepost 431 is a great stop for pictures.


Biltmore Estates

The Biltmore is America’s largest home and one of Western North Carolina’s biggest attractions. The home was built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt and has a total of 250 rooms. Along with the elegance of the home are magnificent gardens and vineyards. Just outside the Biltmore’s entrance is the Biltmore Village where visitors can shop and dine. You can reach the Biltmore via I-40, exit 50.


Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Located in the heart of Bryson City is the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Enjoy the history and scenery of the Smokies on this tour. Various train excursions are offered.  During the time of the festival, the Smoky Mountain Railroad is running a Tuskegee Excursion and the Wizard of Oz Train Ride.


And visit our superb eating & drinking establishments!


Southern Porch

Southern Porch is a family owned restaurant where the food is fresh and made from scratch. A dollar for each tap purchased will be donated towards Folkmoot during the festival.

117 Main St, Canton

Bearwater Brewery

Try out one or all of Bearwater’s delicious signature beers! Take some to go with 20% off growler fills during the week of the festival. 130 Frasier St, Waynesville

Frog Level Brewery

Quench your thirst with the smooth craft beer in the tasting room or get a growler to go!  56 Commerce St, Waynesville


Food brings people together – this is the same in almost any culture.  Eating with friends and family should be satisfying, intimate and fun.  Try the Folkmoot Salad!! 1196 N. Main Street, Waynesville

Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen

We offer a humble selection of handcrafted creations from the finest locally and regionally sourced ingredients. Birchwood Hall passionately showcases a farm-to-table approach deeply rooted in Southern tradition. Each dish pays homage to the down-home warmth of Southern cuisine with an eclectic, modern twist. We’re honored that you’ve chosen our table and look forward to serving your meal with the utmost pride and care. 111 N Main St, Waynesville

Firefly Taps & Grill

Delicious authentic American cuisine.  Great wine & beer selections. Now serving Sunday brunch. 128 N. Main St, Waynesville


Main Street Waynesville’s most recent culinary addition: pizza, tacos, taps. 190 Main Street, Waynesville

Bocelli’s Italian Eatery

Pasta, fresh fish, sauces/dough homemade, hand-tossed brink oven pizza/calzone.  319 N. Haywood St., Waynesville

Boojum Brewing Company

Lunch, Dinner & Drinks. Choose from 16 taps of fresh, delicious BOOJUM BEER plus wine & craft cocktails. Our menu features seasonal pub faire including burgers, sandwiches, & daily specials. 50 N. Main St., Waynesville

PUB 319

12 local microbrew taps, specialty cocktails. Chef inspired pub fare-hand patted burgers, wings, homemade sauces & more. 17 flat screen TV’s so you don’t miss a game! 319 N. Haywood St., Waynesville

Bogart’s Restaurant

American Cuisine, Daily Specials, Steaks, Burgers, Soups, Salads. A Hometown Favorite! 303 S. Main St., Waynesville

Chef’s Table

Enjoy food, wine & friends with house made pastas, breads made from scratch everyday, fresh seafood & USDA choice/higher grade Black Angus beef. Full bar, Award winning wine list, Reservations recommended. 30 Church St., Waynesville

Church Street Depot

Mouthwatering all beef burgers & dogs, real ice cream shakes & floats, hand cut fries. Locally sourced beef. Bottled sodas/beer/wine, fresh brewed iced tea. All food/drink is high fructose corn syrup FREE. Outdoor dining available. 34 Church St., Waynesville

Classic Wineseller

Come Share Our Passion – Wine, Beer, Cigars, Food, LIVE Music. Retail hours: 11am-6pm, Tues-Sat. Restaurant Opens @ 4pm Wed-Sat serving charcuterie, tapas & small plates. LIVE Music every Fri & Sat @ 7pm year around. 20 Church St., Waynesville

Cork & Cleaver

At The Waynesville Inn Upscale dining experience. Natural steaks, chops, fresh seafood. Full bar available, local microbrew beers & sustainable wines. Call for seasonal hours. 176 Country Club Dr., Waynesville

Frogs Leap Public House

A farm to table restaurant & pub serving modern regional dishes featuring local products. Wood Grilled Steaks & Chops/Mountain Trout/Local Beer, Wine & Liquor. 44 Church St., Waynesville

Kandi’s Cake and Bake Shop

Danish, éclairs, cream horns, cinni-rolls, cupcakes, brownies, tea balls, date bars, variety of cookies, southern style cannolis, custom cakes – round & sheet. 200 S Main St., Waynesville

Panacea Coffee House

CAFÉ & ROASTERY Homemade eats, treats, & creekside seats. In-house coffee roasting, full-service espresso bar, sandwiches, soups, & salads. 66 Commerce St, Waynesville

The Patio Bistro
Fresh for BREAKFAST! Coffee, muffins, cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos and sandwiches. Open till 4pm serving homemade quiche, soups, wraps, salads, and sandwiches. Buddha bowls, Delicious desserts. Friendly staff, indoor/outdoor seating, pet friendly patio, catering, picnic lunches to go. 26 Church St., Waynesville

Smoky Mountain Sub Shop

A Folkmoot staff favorite! Serving downtown for over 20 years! Offering subs, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, wraps, salads, personal pizzas & more! Just a few steps off Main Street. Monthly SPECIALS, Free delivery downtown, a local favorite. 29 Miller St., Waynesville

The Strand @ 38main

MOVIES, MUSIC, & Ice Cream Parlor Serving Craft Beer, Wine. Locally Made Ice Cream.  Check First Run Movie & Live Entertainment Schedule! 38 N. Main St., Waynesville

Sunburst Market

A neighborhood specialty grocery focusing on natural & local ingredients. Offering beer, wine, produce, trout, meats, cheeses, as well as natural & organic soaps, lotions, candles & household cleaners. 142 N. Main St, Waynesville

Sweet Onion

Casual Dining, Regional Cuisine, a Continued Favorite among Locals & Guests, Mountain Views. 39 Miller St., Waynesville

TAP ROOM Sports Bar & Grill

At The Waynesville Inn, casual & fun dining atmosphere. Enjoy an array of sandwiches, salads, soups, entrees. Full bar with a large selection of beer & wine. 176 Country Club Dr., Waynesville

Trailhead Café & Bakery

A New Concept with a New Locally Inspired Menu: Opening early with a Heavy Coffee Focus with Coffee Bar, Breakfast items including Donuts & NY Bagels. Serving a variety of Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & more It will be “Worth the Wait”. 18 N. Main St., Waynesville

Waynesville Pizza Company

Pizzas, Burgers, Wraps, Salads, Subs, Sandwiches, Domestic & Local Handcrafted Beers, Large bar, Flat screen TVs, Outdoor seating. 32 Felmet St., Waynesville

Frankie’s Trattoria

A true Italian trattoria serving up authentic dishes in a casual environment.  1037 Soco Road, Maggie Valley

J. Arthur’s

For more than 25 years J Arthur’s has been a landmark in Maggie Valley.  2843 Soco Road, Maggie Valley

Clyde’s Restaurant

A landmark since the 1940s, Clyde’s is the perfect spot to fuel up for a day of adventure.  2107 S Main Street, Waynesville

Jukebox Junction

This family 1950s-themed diner specializes in sumptuous sandwiches and home-made ice cream.  6306 Pigeon Road, Canton

Dickey’s Barbeque Pit

authenticity, innovation and barbecue sauce, one store at a time. With roots in Dallas, Travis Dickey set out to perfect Texas-style barbecue. 66 New Clyde Hwy, Canton


Accommodations? We have thousands of beautiful places to stay!

Click to VisitNCSmokies – operated by the Haywood County Tourism and Development Office – to learn more about lodging and accommodations.

It could be argued sleeping in the Smokies – for two or three (or more) nights – might be the best part of attending Folkmoot 2018 Festival.

Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn, at a central location in Waynesville, this Inn offers comfort and easy to Haywood County visitors.  To make reservations call, 828-456-4402.

Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center has a wide variety of accommodations only a short walk to two of the biggest Folkmoot performances.  To make reservations call, 800-222-4930 or visit the LJA accommodations website linked above.

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Folkmoot and so much more in these beautiful Smoky Mountains!