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Folkmoot Festival Expands Cultural Programming


July 18, 2019

One of two bands featured at the Folkmalt international craft beer, food trucks and music fair on Friday, July 26, is Woody Pines from Nashville, Tenn. (Courtesy photo)

As North Carolina's International Folk Festival, Folkmoot has drawn world culture to Western North Carolina for 36 years. Folkmoot's mission is to foster the vibrancy of many cultures in one community and bases its programs on cultural exchange.

This means giving international groups participating in the festival a chance to see the culture of Western North Carolina. Folkmoot has added several new and exciting events that bring in local artists and musicians to perform for or alongside our international groups.

Performances include Americana artists, local clogging groups, Cherokee stickball demonstrations, international pavilions, historians and more.

Many Cultures Day July 20, Waynesville

Many Cultures Day is an outdoor event held on the first Saturday of the Folkmoot festival in the greenspace on Virginia Avenue.

Featuring interactive activities for youth and the young at heart, Many Cultures Day features 30 vendors, hands-on activities hosted by community groups, ethnic food trucks, international performers, community dance lessons, a youth performance stage with local youth musicians and a Cherokee stickball game demonstration at 2 p.m.

Many Cultures Day is a great family-friendly event where performers interact with the community in the form of dance lessons and performances.

Many Cultures Day Schedule

Daydreamz Project - 11:15 a.m.

Cherokee - 11:30 a.m.

Bahamas - 12 p.m.

Sri Lanka - 12:30 p.m.

Hungary - 1 p.m.

Spain - 1:30 p.m.

Big Cove Youth Stickball - 2 p.m.

Ella Ledford - 2:30 p.m.

Romania - 3 p.m.

Egypt - 3:30 p.m.

Hazelwood Mootenanny July 21, Waynesville

A new addition to the Folkmoot Festival is the Mootenanny.

Folkmoot's outdoor folkways gathering is a Hazelwood-style barbeque picnic held on Sunday, July 21 that features nationally touring Americana musicians, Plott Hound demonstrations, southern storytellers, crafts vendors and vendors sharing Appalachian cultural practices.

Divided into two stages, Folkmoot welcomes presentations from Bob Plott, Brian Noland, and Plott Hound demonstrations by Gary Bowen.

Mootenanny Main Stage Schedule

William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree - 2 p.m.

Joey Fortner & the Universal Sound - 3:45 p.m.

Jim Avett - 4:45 p.m.

Ol' Dirty Bathtub - 6:15 p.m.

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters - 7:45 p.m.

Cherokee World Games Monday, July 22

Welcoming five 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 ball, precision, artistic, trend and strength sports that encourage Folkmoot's groups to engage with the community and each other and to celebrate and share culture. Held at the Cherokee Fairgrounds, games begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for maximum enjoyment. Food trucks and Cherokee vendors will be available on site. Visiting international groups will present fun family-friendly cultural games from their countries.

Cherokee World Games Schedule

Cherokee - 2:30 p.m.

Romania - 3 p.m.

Egypt - 3:30 p.m.

Hungary - 4 p.m.

Bahamas - 4:30 p.m.

Cherokee Humming-birds vs. Big Cove Community - 5:30 p.m.


Friday, July 26, Canton

Folkmoot has a round of new and exciting events taking place during the summer festival.

One of them is Folkmalt an international craft beer, food trucks, and music fair on July 26 at 3 p.m.

Held at Sorrells Park in Canton, Folkmalt will feature craft beers from local breweries like Bearwaters Brewery, Wicked Weed, Micatown Brewery and many more.

This event will feature live music, international pavilions hosted by visiting groups from the Bahamas, Hungary, Egypt, Romania and many vendors.

Folkmalt Schedule

Egypt - 3:30 p.m.

Hungary - 4 p.m.

Cherokee - 4:30 p.m.

Bahamas - 5 p.m.

Romania - 5:30 p.m.

Woody Pines - 5:30 p.m. (Main stage)

Get Right Band - 7:30 p.m. (Main stage)

International Day July 27, Waynesville

One of Folkmoot's free events is International Day taking place in downtown Waynesville from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This festival celebrates art, music, and dance with visiting cultural groups from Egypt, Romania, Hungary, Bahamas, Cherokee and local ethnic groups from China, Mexico and Scotland.

With 50 vendors, two performance stages and dance lessons happening every 30 minutes, it is a great opportunity to experience international culture, designed for the whole family.

Support Folkmoot

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 at Donations support community-building events for kids and families and support our international guests during their stay in Waynesville at the Historic Hazelwood School.


Volunteers are still needed to prepare for our visitors and for support during the festival. Individuals, businesses, churches or civic groups that would like to help can contact Natalie Faulkner at or call the ticket office at (828) 452-2997.


Tickets are on sale for all performances and can be purchased at, in person at the Folkmoot Center, or by calling (828) 452-2997.


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