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

Get ready to stroll down memory lane and catch glimpses of days gone by as you take in the sights and sounds of the Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage.” This year's festival, co-sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Historic Cowee School, Arts & Heritage Center, will provide a day filled with learning and fun that will be enjoyed by all ages.

A Typical Day at the Franklin Area Folk Festival ...

The festival opens at 10 a.m. at the Cowee School, Arts & Heritage Center where you might choose to get involved in the many hands-on demonstrations and exhibits focusing on heritage skills, join in the toe-tapping while listening to old-time/bluegrass music, or simply be a bystander that enjoys learning about our past history.

This FREE festival has it all from an antique car show to vintage farm equipment, fire engines and tractors to huge quilt and textile exhibits inside the heritage center. There will be Civil War Re-enactors involved in mock skirmishes on site as well as storytelling from the “Front Porch”. Many demonstrators will also be selling their heritage arts, crafts and delicious food. Plus, you can enjoy exhibits featuring crops and homegrown goodness prepared just like that of our ancestors. Kids’ activities, games, and make-it/take it crafts will engage the old and young alike in good old-fashioned fun.

Church was and still is a large part of our heritage. We'll have exhibits featuring historical items from yesteryear.

Bluegrass and old-time music jam sessions will provide a great opportunity to hear local talent or play along, so be sure to bring an instrument if you play. Bluegrass Jam Sessions are a reflection of the importance music has played in our local heritage. The main stage will feature live music all day with bluegrass, gospel, etc.

Numerous artisans take part in heritage demonstrations and exhibits featuring quilting, wood carving, basket making, tatting, shingle splitting, early farm tools/equipment, spinning, weaving, moonshinin', woodcraft games, and a host of other entertaining and informative offerings all connected to our cultural, environmental and natural heritage. The day is highlighted with just plain family fun. Be sure not to miss special exhibits located inside the Cowee School, Arts & Heritage Center, featuring the Cowee Pottery School, weaving room, artists, historical museum and much more.

The 25th Infantry Civil War Re-enactors will be on hand to offer a wonderful opportunity to learn about how this conflict affected the lives of ancestors who lived through it. The re-enactors will setup camp and offer tours. As during past Franklin Folk Festivals, a skirmish which has become known as the Battle of Frogtown will take place as well as infantry drilling and firing demonstrations which encourage visitor participation – just follow the sounds of the artillery!

Whether you enjoy just looking and listening or really getting involved, there is something for everyone at the Franklin Area Folk Festival.

Our 2017 schedule of events will be posted in the coming months. Please check back with us again.

For more information, please contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce (800) 932-5294.

The 2016 Franklin Area Folk Festival is sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and Cowee School, Arts & Hertiage Center with support from the Franklin/Nantahala TDC and Franklin TDA.



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  • Heritage Demonstrations/Exhibits
    See Appalachian Artisans in action as they offer living demonstrations of their craft passed down from generation to generation.
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  • Antique Car Show
    Always a popular attraction of the Franklin Folk Festival featuring dozens of antique rides.
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  • Civil War Re-enactors
    Re-enactors demonstrate life from the Civil War era including live artillery fire and skirmishes.

  • Live Heritage Entertainment
    Hear the sound of authentic Appalachian music throughout the day at the Main Stage and jammin' sessions.

  • Quilt Show & Indoor Exhibits
    See a Special Exhibit of the Cabarrus Quilt, Celebrate America Autograph Quilt, and more including the Smoky Mtn. Quilters Guild and Cowee Quilters.

  • Bluegrass Jam Sessions
    Hear local talent or play along, so be sure to bring an instrument if you play.

  • Children’s Heritage Activities
    100 Years ago there were no XBoxes. Your young ones can participate in free heritage activities and learn how kids of yesteryear passed the time.

    New this year! A Scavenger Hunt! Learn more here.

  • Mountain Youth Talent Contest Information


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