Events

Join us at these folklife festivals and events all around the Commonwealth!

September 7 - 9, 2018

National Folk Festival – Salisbury, Maryland

Make your plans for the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland—one of America’s largest, most prestigious and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage. ​A free, large-scale three-day outdoor event,… Read More»

September 7 - 9, 2018

North Carolina Folk Festival

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… Read More»

September 20 - 23, 2018

Watermelon Park Fest

The Virginia Folklife Program will once again partner with Shepherds Ford Productions as a supporter of Watermelon Park Festival. Watermelon Park was the site of the nation’s first bluegrass festival… Read More»

September 26, 2018

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony

5:30 pm, Free The National Heritage Fellowships—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts—recognize the recipients’ artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation’s traditional arts… Read More»

September 28, 2018

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert

8:00pm Free and open to the public The National Heritage Fellowships—the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts—recognize the recipients’ artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to… Read More»

October 12 - 14, 2018

Richmond Folk Festival 2018

Celebrating its fourteenth year, the Richmond Folk Festival has become the largest folk festival on the East Coast. Each year, the Virginia Folklife Program produces the much loved Virginia Folklife… Read More»

October 27, 2018

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Ferrum

In our opinion, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College is one of the finest folklife festivals in the country. Come see everything from coon dog races to moonshine… Read More»