Folkmoot Festival 2018
If you have planned your Smoky Mountain Getaway for the week of July 19-29 you have come to the mountains at a perfect time! It's Folkmoot time! What is that you ask? this is how Folkmoot describe themselves.Many folks know Folkmoot as an international folk festival. We’re proud that the mountains of Western North Carolina welcome the world to our region every July.
But we’re more than the festival.
We’re an educational facility that welcomes diversity and advocates for understanding.
We’re hosts to regularly scheduled “friendship dinners” that bring the world to our table.
We’re a staging ground for “cultural conversations.”
We’re a performance center that hosts all sorts of concerts, all year long.
We’re a special events place that is kid-friendly and lots of fun.
Oh, yeah. We’re a festival, and then some. Lots and lots of “then some.”
It is a week full of dancing, music, fun, and education about different cultures from around the world. Here is the schedule of this years festivities.
July 19: Gala on the Green – An opening party & performance for Friends of Folkmoot.
July 20: Camp Folkmoot – For kids! Learn international folk dances from our visiting performers!
July 20: Grand Opening Matinee – Queen Auditorium, Folkmoot Center. All groups will perform followed by cultural conversations with the audience and dance troupe members.
July 20: Grand Opening Extravaganza! In Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium, always one of the festival’s highlights!
July 21: Parade of Nations! A public event, beginning at 10 a.m., in which all visiting dance troupes (and many others) parade down Main Street, Waynesville, in one of the festival’s most colorful and joyous events. It’s free and open to the public. Y’all come!
July 21: Many Cultures Day! Come to our Folkmoot International Center immediately after the Parade of Nations. The event lasts until 4 p.m. and features 30-vendors, youth activities hosted by community groups, ethnic food trucks, international performers, community dance lessons, and a youth performance stage with local youth fiddlers and dancers. There also will be two Cherokee stickball game demonstrations. The cost of this outdoor festival is $5 for individuals over 5 years old.
July 21: Haywood Community College. A full performance by all visiting dance troupes. One of the most popular performances of the festival each year.
July 22: Hickory, North Carolina. Two performances, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Hosted by the Hickory International Council in the Drendel Auditorium (4 groups) *includes post-performance Cultural Conversations. Tickets will be available through the International Council & Drendel Auditorium when they are made available.
July 22: Sunday Soirée, Waynesville, Folkmoot Greenspace, Folkmoot Center. An international friendship dinner, beginning at 5 p.m., featuring food from the Blind Pig Supper Club and conversations, entertainment by Western North Carolina youth cultural groups.
July 23: a free day for our performers. You might run into them anywhere exploring our beautiful Smoky Mountains!
July 24: Cherokee Ambassador’s Day, 3 p.m., Cherokee Central High School, Cherokee, North Carolina. Free and open to the public, an extraordinary opportunity for our visiting performers to engage with and learn more about our region’s treasured Native American culture & history.
July 24: Canton, North Carolina. A 7 p.m. performance in the historic Colonial Theater followed by an after-party at Bearwaters Brewery.
July 25: Hendersonville, North Carolina. A 2 p.m. matinee performance at Blue Ridge Community College will feature all performing troupes.
July 25: Waynesville, North Carolina – Tranquility Farm Fundraiser, 6 p.m. (call 828.452.2997 for details, tickets.)
July 25: Maggie Valley Welcome Wagon, Maggie Valley, North Carolina – Elevated Mountain Distilling Company. 7 p.m. A very special and intimate performance by three to four of our visiting dance troupes.
July 26: Folkmoot Center. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Hazelwood Neighborhood Hospitality. Meet & Greet with Performers.
July 26: Franklin, North Carolina. A 7 p.m. performance at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center (All groups).
July 27: Asheville, North Carolina. A 2 p.m. matinee in the Diana Wortham Theatre. A 7 p.m. performance in the Diana Wortham Theatre.
July 28: International Festival Day – Downtown Waynesville, North Carolina. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another free and public event, a wonderful day of celebrating international friendships and cultural exchange!
July 28: Performance of all groups at Haywood Community College, 7 p.m.
July 29: Candlelight Closing, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. A rich, colorful & emotional last festival performance filled with tradition, joys and even a few tears!
Please call 828-452-2997 for more information about Folkmoot 2018!