Folkmoot Announces its 36th Annual Festival Schedule

24 events in 11 days - July 18-28, 2019: international folk dance performances, live music, parades, craft beer, food trucks and artisan vendors

The 2019 Folkmoot International Festival is an eleven-day event, July 18 – 28, based in Haywood County and held in mountain towns throughout Western North Carolina. The festival features folk dance troupes with live music from the Bahamas, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hungary, Nepal, Romania, and local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians.

Known as North Carolina’s International Folk Festival for almost 40 years, Folkmoot has evolved into a year-round cultural organization with an annual summer festival that celebrates world culture through international folk dance performances, live music, parades, craft beer, food trucks and artisan vendors.

In 2019, Folkmoot expanded its festival programming with several new events, including an Appalachian folkways gathering and community picnic, an international beer and food truck fair, a cultural sports event, a lantern parade and a late night variety show.

The 2019 Festival includes activities and performances in the towns of Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Canton, Cherokee, Hickory, Asheville, and Hendersonville.

Folkmoot is literally defined as a “meeting of the people” and delivers exuberant, educational and entertaining programs for all ages based on cultural arts exchange through dance, music, food and more. The festival is designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity. The Folkmoot organization is best known for its summer festival in July but holds programs on a year-round basis at its home base in Waynesville, North Carolina. Folkmoot programs are engaging, educational and entertaining; they celebrate diversity and foster cultural understanding among people of different backgrounds and beliefs.

2019 International Cultural Groups

In Folkmoot’s 36-year history, upwards of 8,000 performers from approximately 150 countries have participated in the festival. Folkmoot performers are primarily college students who serve as cultural ambassadors from their home countries. In 2019 Folkmoot anticipates hosting musicians and dancers from the Bahamas, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hungary, Nepal, Romania, and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, plus several regional bluegrass and clogging groups representing Appalachian culture.

What’s New for the 2019 Festival:

Hazelwood Mootenanny: Sunday, July 21

Folkmoot’s inaugural outdoor “folkways” gathering is a community-style barbeque picnic held on Sunday, July 21 featuring nationally touring Americana musicians, Plott hound and timber sports demonstrations, southern storytellers and crafts vendors sharing Appalachian cultural practices. Tickets for adults are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, students under 12 years are $5 and kids under 5 years are free. Family prices are also available. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request.

Mootenanny Musical Performance Lineup

Joey Fortner & the Universal Sound

Ol’Dirty Bathtub

Jim Avett & Friends

Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters

Cherokee World Games: Monday, July 22

Welcoming eight international countries to the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee World Games are a multi-sport cultural event hosted by Cherokee cultural performers and stickball teams. This event includes cultural demonstrations and precision and strength sports that encourage Folkmoot’s groups to engage with the community and each other. Held at the Cherokee Fairgrounds, games begin at 2 pm and conclude at 7 pm.  Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for maximum enjoyment. Food trucks and Cherokee vendors will be selling on site. Cherokee World Games culminate with a stickball game between the Hummingbirds from Paint Town and the Ravens from Big Cove communities.

Folkmoot After Dark: Thursday, July 25

Join Folkmoot in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Waynesville for Folkmoot After Dark on Thursday, July 25. The night begins at 7 pm with the festival friendship dinner held at the Folkmoot Center. There are few better ways to get to know folks than over a meal, especially if that meal is rich in its flavors, its history, its family traditions (and recipes), passed along generation after generation. Folkmoot’s international guests are supporting a community friendship dinner featuring popular recipes from their home countries. Following dinner at 8:30 pm, friends and volunteers from the community will gather on Hazelwood Avenue at the Plott hound statue for a lantern procession leading to the Folkmoot Center. The procession will begin at 9 pm. This lantern parade is sponsored by the Daydreamz Project. Finally, at 10 pm Folkmoot welcomes the community for a late-night Variety Show, featuring international guests alongside community members interpreting southern-American culture. Be prepared to laugh, sing-along and experience Folkmoot like you never have before. Tickets for the friendship dinner are $40 per person, $75 for couples, and includes admission to the 10 pm variety show. Tickets for just the variety show are $10.

Folkmalt: Friday, July 26

Join the Folkmoot crew, the fine folks at BearWaters Brewing and microbreweries from across the state for an afternoon of craft beers and ciders, international food trucks and great music in downtown Canton on July 26th. Held at Sorrells Park, the event will feature live music, international pavilions hosted by visiting groups and many vendors. Ticket prices are as follows:

Designated Drivers, $10 in advance

VIP Tickets, $35

General Admission in Advance, $25

Tickets at the door, $30

Doors open at 3:00 p.m.
All tickets include a Folkmalt pint glass

2018 Festival Event Schedule*

*This schedule is subject to change. Please visit for additions or cancellations or call the ticket office, 828-452-2997.  All tickets are subject to NC sales tax and an online service fee. The number of performance groups is included for each venue.

Thursday, July 18

6:00 p.m. – Friends of Folkmoot Meet & Greet, Queen Auditorium

7:00 p.m. – Gala under the Stars, Friends of Folkmoot Gala, Folkmoot Friendship Center (All Groups). $175 per couple

Friday, July 19

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Camp Folkmoot, Folkmoot Greenspace, (4 groups). $30

2:00 p.m. Queen Auditorium Matinee, Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville. (All groups) Adult Seating: $24: Children $5.

7:00 p.m. Folkmoot Grand Opening Extravaganza, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. (All groups). Adult Seating: $21-$31.

Saturday, July 20

10:00 a.m. Folkmoot Parade of Nations, Downtown Waynesville. Beginning on Main St. and finishing at Historic Waynesville Courthouse. (All groups).  Free Event.

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Many Cultures Day, Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville. (All groups): $5, free for ages 5 and under.

7:00 p.m. – Haywood Community College, Clyde. (All Groups). Adult Seating: $21-$31; Students & Children $5.

Sunday, July 21

12:30 p.m. Salt Block Friendship Luncheon, Hickory

2:00 p.m. Drendel Auditorium, Hickory. (4 groups). Hosted by Hickory International Council, 828-326-0256. Adult Seating: $10; Students (13-18): half price; Children (12 & under): Free

2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Hazelwood Mootenanny, Folkmoot Greenspace.

Monday, July 22

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cherokee World Games, Tribal Fairgrounds, Cherokee. Adults: $10, Students: $5

Tuesday, July 23

7:00 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Canton. (5 groups).  Adult Seating: $20; Children $5.

Wednesday, July 24

2:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock – Hendersonville. (All groups). General Admission: $31; Children 12 & under: half price.

7:00 p.m. Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville (All Groups). Adults Seating: $31; Student: half price; Children 12 & under free.

Thursday, July 25

7:00 p.m. Festival Friendship Dinner, Folkmoot Greenspace. (All groups)

9:00 p.m. Hazelwood Lantern Parade, Hazelwood. (All groups)

10:00 p.m. Folkmoot After Dark Variety Show, Folkmoot Center. (Some groups)

Friday, July 26

2:00 p.m. Queen Auditorium Matinee, Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville. (All groups) Adult Seating: $24: Children: $5.

3:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Folkmalt, Sorrells Park, Canton. (All groups) Adult admission $25-$35.

6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Folkmoot Guest Appearance at Mountain Street Dance, Main Street, Waynesville. Free Event (1 group)

Saturday, July 27

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. International Festival Day, Meet the World on Main Street, Downtown Waynesville. (All groups). Free event

7:00 p.m. Haywood Community College, Clyde. (All Groups).  Adult Seating: $21-$31; Students & Children $5.

Sunday, July 28

7:00 p.m. Candlelight Closing, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. (All Groups). Adult Seating: $21-$31.

Be a Folkmoot supporter

Folkmoot is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies on donations, sponsorships, grants, ticket sales, and Friends of Folkmoot members to produce the Folkmoot Festival each year. Everyone can celebrate and support Folkmoot programs by becoming a member through the Friends of Folkmoot on our website, Donations support community-building events for kids and families and support our international guests during their stay in Waynesville at the Historic Hazelwood School.

Be a Folkmoot festival volunteer

Volunteers are still needed to prepare for our visitors and for support during the festival. If you, your company, church or civic group would like to help, please contact Amy West at 828-452-2997.

Join Folkmoot at one of these Festival events

Tickets are on sale for all performances and can be purchased at, in person at the Folkmoot Center, or by calling 828-452-2997.  Like us on Facebook: “Folkmoot USA” and see us on Instagram “Folkmoot,” to take advantage of special ticket promotions.

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