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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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