Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville, North Carolina

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

August 1-3, 2019
Watch and listen to some of the finest Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams at the nation’s longest running folk festival. Beginning back to 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival presents threee nights of authentic bluegrass music and dance with a different line-up each night. The indoor performances are held at Lipinsky Hall on the University of NC-Asheville campus (GPS address: 300 Library Lane) at 6:30-9:30 PM each evening.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford founded the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian bluegrass music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in our mountains.

Tickets on sale in advance on their Web site or at the door starting at 5:30 PM if seats remain. Advance: Adult $20; Children 6-12 $5; 3-night package $50. At the door, $25/adult and $5/child.

This is a fundraiser for Shindig on the Green, a free outdoor music festival on Saturday nights during the summer in downtown Asheville.

Make it a Heritage Weekend!

Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
This is the novelist's boyhood home and setting for "Look Homeward, Angel." Tour the fascinating, rambling house located in downtown Asheville. 52 N. Market Street.
Asheville Museums
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Explore a big variety of very interesting museums and historic places in Asheville and the surrounding mountain small towns, filled with the fascinating history and culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Many are free to visit.
Smith-McDowell House Museum
Smith-McDowell House
Relive the romantic Victorian era in Asheville's oldest house (circa 1840). Explore opulent period rooms, history exhibits and grounds designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers. 1.5 miles from downtown Asheville.
Asheville Urban Trail
Asheville Urban Trail
(1.7-mile loop, easy) This outdoors museum is a self-guided walking tour on the sidewalks of downtown Asheville, leading to 30 sculptures that depict local history.

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Fantastic fair in Biltmore Village with 100 hand-selected artists from 16 states, representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more.
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