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14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival
"A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage" in Franklin, NC
Saturday, August 18, 2018

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 18th, 2018.

The 14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center, 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin, NC. Celebrating all things Appalachian, this family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, Civil War Re-enactors/Camp, kids’ activities, food, textiles/quilting & more!

In keeping our heritage alive, music is a key component of the festival, particularly SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) jammin’ sessions that feature old-time mountain music and bluegrass. Musicians - you are invited to bring your instrument and come jam with us at the SEBA tent! Plus, youth ages 18 and under, showcase your talent and take part in the Mountain Youth Talent Contest performing live on stage at the festival.

Inside Cowee School, artisans exhibit our rich heritage by teaching us about pottery, textiles, painting, and local history. The festival sponsors hands-on activities allowing visitors to experience what mountain life was like way back when as demonstrators share what they learned at their parents’ knee: woodcarving, blacksmithing, moonshinin’, weaving, spinning, and many other heritage skills. This FREE event offers parking and shuttles to and from the school. Co-sponsors: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center.

This event is co-sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. Past supporters include the 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.

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

» Donate to the 2018 Franklin Area Folk Festival


» Heritage Demonstrations Online Application

» Mountain Youth Talent Contest Information Info
» Mountain Youth Talent Contest Entry Form

» Car Show Information (PDF)


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