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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.

A FREE event, this family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, old-time mountain music & jammin' sessions, Civil War Re-enactors, antique car show/engines, kids' activities, food, tours & 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', basket making, weaving, and all the many other heritage skills they'll be demonstrating. Highlights include quilts on display like the famous Cabarras 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.

Special thanks to our many sponsors for 2016. Learn more here.


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.

Heritage Demonstration Registration Forms are now available. Click here for yours (pdf format)

Mountain Youth Talent Contest Information » LEARN MORE

Admission and parking for the event are FREE!
Call (800) 932-5294 for information.

Click here to learn how you can support the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County.

Donate to the 2017 Franklin Area Folk Festival

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