The North Carolina Folk Festival launches in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, to continue to celebrate the spirit and legacy of the National Folk Festival! With hundreds of incomparable artists and thousands of smiling faces and dancing people, this is a weekend where the fun and discovery never stops. Admission to the three-day Festival weekend is FREE.
Grammy winner and North Carolina native Rhiannon Giddens will help launch the inaugural year of the North Carolina Folk Festival as both guest curator and performer. Performers encompass a wide range of musical genres – from zydeco and Puerto Rican bomba – to western swing, African American string band music, and Gypsy jazz, all building on the remarkable success of the recently completed three-year residency of the National Folk Festival, which drew more than 160,000 attendees to Greensboro in its final year last September.
“In just three years, we watched as the National became the fastest-growing annual event in North Carolina,” said Tom Philion, President and CEO of ArtsGreensboro, which produces the admission-free Festival with the help of the City, national sponsorship, foundation and media support and many other partners. “As we announced last year, capturing this destination event for North Carolina and Greensboro is a major coup for the region, which will celebrate America’s living traditions with unique North Carolina character.”
Approximately 300 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the North Carolina Folk Festival, with more than 30 different musical groups performing on as many as seven outdoor performance venues throughout downtown Greensboro.