Event Info

The 77th National Folk Festival
September 8-10, 2017
Downtown Greensboro, North Carolina

Celebrating America’s Cultural Roots

The National Folk Festival features performances and demonstrations by over 300 of the nation’s finest musicians, dancers, and craftspeople. It will feature more than 40 performing groups on seven stages including a dance pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing, a Family Stage with performances appealing to both the young and the young-at-heart, and the North Carolina Traditions Stage. In addition to the performance stages, there are several themed Festival areas: the North Carolina Folklife Area, curated by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Family Activities Area, the North Carolina Arts Marketplace, and the Festival Food Courts.

The site for the National Folk Festival, a large, FREE outdoor event, is in downtown Greensboro and partially within Greensboro’s vibrant Elm Street district. A mix of open air and tented sites will provide a variety of performance venues ranging from intimate stages to amphitheater size.



While some of the Festival’s stages will have folding seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, to guarantee that you have a seat at every location, you may bring your own portable chair.

Official 2017 National Folk Festival Schedule

The 77th National Folk Festival schedule is now LIVE! Visit nationalfolkfestival.com/schedule for the full schedule of performances and activities.

Official 2017 National Folk Festival Map

Click here to download the office festival map!

National Folk Festival/17DAYS App

Your mobile guide to the National Folk Festival. Download this app for a full listing of performers, the official Festival schedule, directions and GPS map, and social media buttons right at your finger tips!

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Hours of Operation

Friday, September 8:  6:00 – 10:00 pm

Saturday, September 9:  noon – 10:00 pm

Sunday, September 10:  noon – 6:30 pm

Food and beverage sales and marketplace vendors will open at 5 pm on Friday and 11 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Admission
Bucket Brigade: Keep the Festival Free!
We'll see you - rain or shine
Information Booths
Emergency Services/First Aid
Lost People
NO Pets
American Sign Language Interpretation
Festival Photography/Videography: Your Presence Is Your Permission!