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16th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival
"A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage" in Franklin, NC

PLEASE NOTE:

We will follow CDC and NC state mandates/guidelines in regards to COVID-19

The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center invite you to the 16th annual Franklin Area Folk Festival on Saturday, August 20, 2022 – always set for the 3rd Saturday in August.

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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. The festival will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022.

The 16th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 10 am to 4 pm at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. Nestled in Cowee West’s Mill Historic District at 51 Cowee School Drive in Franklin, NC, the Center is a unique showcase for demonstrating the everyday skills, crafts and music of our ancestors. And it is a FREE event! We will follow CDC and NC state mandates/guidelines in regards to COVID19.

What can you expect?

Celebrating all things Appalachian, this family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, jammin’ sessions that feature old-time mountain music and bluegrass, kids’ activities, food, textiles & more! Artisans inside Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center will 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 spinning, and all the many other heritage skills they’ll be demonstrating.

Some additional highlights include special quilts on display (like the famous Cabarras Quilt, The Celebrate America Autograph Quilt, etc.), flint napping, woodworking/woodcarving, Border Collies’ demonstrations, old-time music and more. Performances of mountain music, gospel and bluegrass tunes exemplify a very important cultural heritage of the Appalachian region. In addition to performance stages inside and outside, we are partnering with Old Time Music groups to provide jammin’ sessions. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in! Once known as the Quilting Capital of the World, displays from the Smoky Mountain Quilter’s Guild including kids’ make-it/take-it project will help showcase this important heritage.

FREE Downtown Parking & Shuttle Service to Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center

• 17 West Palmer Street (vacant lot adjacent to Appalachian Ace Hardware/below the Lazy Hiker Brewery on the corner of West Palmer & Porter Streets). 9:30 am until 3:00 pm – shuttle will run every 30 minutes

• If you drive out to Cowee School, follow signs for offsite parking and take shuttle to school.
- Cowee Baptist Church (6301 Bryson City Rd) – Regular and Handicapped Parking Shuttles
- Snow Hill UMC (330 Snow Hill Rd) – No Handicapped Parking Shuttles at site.

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 FREE event is co-sponsored annually by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center with support from Cowee Community Development Organization, local area museums, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Arts Council of Macon County and others. The festival is made possible by grants from the Franklin/Nantahala Tourism Development Committee, the Tourism Development Authority of the Town of Franklin along with funding from local businesses and individuals.

For more information call (828) 524-6564.

 


 

franklin nc area folk festival sponsors

The 16th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival is co-presented by
The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the
Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center with grateful appreciation
to the many volunteers who made it happen!

Thank you to these businesses and organizations for their support:
Cowee Community Development Organization, Cowee Baptist Church, Snowhill UMC, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Cowee Fire Department, Macon County Transit, Tony Angel Media, Teen Challenge, New Century Scholars (Pam Collins), Macon County Board of Education, Town of Franklin, Macon County Government, Junaluskee Masonic Lodge & Smoky Mountain Shrine Club, LBJ Job Corp, 1st Presbyterian Church – Franklin, Macon County 4-H, and the Arts Council of Macon County.

A very special thank you to the heritage demonstrators
who are the heart and soul of this festival!

 

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 (828) 524-6564 for information.

» Donate to the 2022 Franklin Area Folk Festival

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CONTACT US:

Folk Heritage Association of Macon County
PO Box 1416, Franklin, NC 28744
(828) 524-6564


Email: information@folkheritageassociation.org

 


2022 FRANKLIN AREA FOLK FESTIVAL INFORMATION

» 2022 Festival Program (PDF)

Download a copy of the 2019 Franklin Area Folk Festival Program Book.

» 2022 Entertainment Schedule (PDF)

Great entertainment is always part of the Franklin Area Folk Festival. See the full line-up of heritage and old-time music.

» 2022 Children's Activities (PDF)

There are dozens and dozens of hands-on activities for the young ones attending the 2022 Franklin Area Folk Festival.

Among the activities ... help your child make Appalachian folk crafts they can take home! » LEARN MORE

Franklin Area Folk Festival Free Shuttle Rides

Franklin Area Folk Festival Parking

 

Driving Instructions to Cowee School

Handicap Parking will only be available at Cowee Baptist Church (located at 6301 Bryson City Road).

Shuttles will take those needing handicapped parking from this location directly to Cowee School.

 

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PO Box 1416 • Franklin, NC • 28744 • Design by Tony Angel Media