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13th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival
"A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage" in Franklin, NC

About the Franklin Area Folk Festival

Come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and discover the Franklin Area Folk Festival! Our mission is to preserve and educate about the rich heritage of Franklin, NC and Macon County. This year, the festival will take place on August 19th, 2017 (the Saturday before the Great American Solar Eclipse which will be Monday, August 21st, 2017).

A FREE event, this family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, old-time mountain music & jammin' sessions, Civil War Re-enactors, kids' activities, food, tours of the Cowee valley & more! Artisans inside Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center exhibit Macon County’s rich heritage by teaching us about pottery, textiles, painting, and local history. By linking our future to our past, the Franklin Area Folk Festival sponsors hands-on activities to allow visitors to experience what mountain life was like way back when.

These folks learned at their parents' knee woodcarving, moonshinin', weaving, and all the many other heritage skills they'll be demonstrating. Highlights include quilts on display like the famous Cabarras Quilt, the Celebrate America Celebrity Autograph Quilt and the Original World’s Largest Quilt, the village blacksmith, border collies’ demonstration, Front Porch storytelling, and one-room school. Come learn about the culture and folkways of our Southern Appalachian Mountains by engaging in one of the many living history experiences, a trademark of the Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center with support from Franklin/Nantahala TDC, Franklin TDA and other donations.


The Franklin Folk Festival showcases the Appalachian Heritage
of the Mountains of Western North Carolina. It's a great day of FREE FUN for the entire family. Admission and parking for the event are FREE! Call (800) 932-5294 for information.

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» Heritage Demonstrations Form (PDF)

» Crafter / Vendor Forms (PDF)

» Classic & Antique Car & Engine Show (PDF)

» 2017 Sponsor Information (PDF)


13th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival – Classic/Antique Car and Tractor Show at Free Shuttle Location in Downtown Franklin!

Calling all cars…classic/antique cars, tractors and old equipment! We invite you to participate in this year’s Franklin Area Folk Festival Classic/Antique Car & Tractor Show being held on August 19, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at our Franklin Folk Festival Shuttle Site located at 17 W. Palmer Street (the grassy lot on the corner of Palmer Street and Porter Street/441 S beside Ace/Fox Mercantile, the old Franklin Motel site). Bringing the car show to the downtown area has a three-fold purpose: it helps us promote heritage by displaying vintage cars and live music, it serves as an easy access, FREE off-site venue for parking and FREE shuttle to the folk festival, and provides a central location in town. Franklin Area Folk Festival co-sponsors (Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center Board and The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County) wanted to extend heritage activities so as visitors are enjoying downtown, they can conveniently come browse the vintage cars/engines/tractors on display, listen to lively tunes under the tent, and take advantage of free parking and free shuttle service to the 13th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival being held at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center off Highway 28. Contact John Waldroop (828) 342-2506 or Anne Hyder at (828) 524-6564 for more information.

Franklin Area Folk Festival Musical Performers Plus an Opportunity for YOU to Shine!

Performances of mountain music, gospel and bluegrass tunes exemplify a very important cultural heritage of our Appalachian region. At this year’s Franklin Area Folk Festival, the day will be filled with melodic sounds from the past as music is shared at various venues throughout the school. Some of the entertainers include: Dear Brother: a progressive bluegrass band based out of Asheville, NC featuring original songwriting, instrumentals, and three part harmonies; Limited Distance: a traditional bluegrass and gospel music band from Franklin, NC whose members jam frequently with SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association); Kornbread Kreek: a blend of musicians from around the state form this band known for their an old-time and mountain music style; Nikawsi Dulcimer Players: a local group that performs both instrumental and vocal Appalachian melodies; John Hawk and Phil Myers: this mountain dulcimer duo team will perform traditional songs; and in town at the Classic/Antique Car& Tractor Show and Shuttle Site, located at 17 W. Palmer Drive, JimBob (Jim Hite and Bob Blanton) will entertain us during the day with Americana tunes and old familiar favorites. » READ MORE
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