Event Info

The National Folk Festival will return to Salisbury, MD August 26-28, 2022.

Festival Area
The Festival will take place within Downtown Salisbury. The borders of the Festival Footprint include: Route 13 – Route 50 – Wicomico River – Carroll Street. A festival map will be available later in the summer.

Festival Hours
Friday: 6:30 PM* – 9:30 PM
Saturday: Noon* – 9:30 PM
Sunday: Noon* – 6:00 PM
* Food Vendors will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The National Folk Festival is a FREE event—you can enjoy the performances and demonstrations at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Audience
We are committed to hosting a safe, welcoming, and vibrant celebration in beautiful downtown Salisbury. We depend on our festival audience to support us by being GOOD NEIGHBORS at this year’s event. Be a good neighbor. Come prepared: Wear a mask at the festival.

The 80th National Folk Festival COVID Readiness Policy can be be found here:

Good Neighbors
Our community is full of Good Neighbors. Please support us in being good neighbors at this year’s event by wearing a mask, social distancing when possible, washing your hands often, and showing each other kindness and respect. Our Good Neighbor ushers will have free masks available and Good Neighbor stickers too!

Bucket Brigade
Help keep the National Folk Festival a FREE event! A group of community volunteers carrying NFF buckets will be circulating the festival asking for your support. All donations made through the bucket brigade help directly cover the costs of the festival. Suggested donation is $10 per person per day. Thank you in advance for your support!

You can also donate using your mobile phone. Simply text ‘FOLKFEST’ to 44-321 to make a donation. It’s quick. It’s easy. And it supports a free festival.

NO Pets
DO NOT BRING PETS (other than service animals) to the festival. We expect very large crowds and your pets will be more comfortable at home.

National Folk Festival is striving to be a green festival
Everywhere you turn at the National Folk Festival, you will be able to help our environment, and divert waste away from landfills. Recycling and composting eco-stations available throughout the festival site.

FAQ: What can’t I bring with me?
Items that are NOT permitted include, but are not limited to:

  • Pets (service animals are permitted)
  • Coolers, Large Backpacks
  • Alcohol
  • Bottles/glass containers
  • Contraband (drugs and weapons)
  • Laser pointers
  • Flying objects (drones, kites, Frisbees, footballs, etc.)

What should I bring with me?
Items that are permitted include, but are not limited to:

  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Face mask
  • Credit card & ID if you wish to have a beer (beer booths do not accept cash)
  • Rain poncho or jacket (in case it rains)

Each stage has a seating area with chairs provided. The festival provides audience members with about 4,000 chairs throughout the festival site to watch performances, listen to panel discussions, and to enjoy a meal and drink. Festival attendees may bring their own lawn chair or blanket if they prefer.

Downtown Parking
Multiple metered & permit parking lots are available downtown and FREE of charge.

Lot 35, Fitzwater St & W. Main St
Lot 7, Lemmon Hill Ln
Lot 13, W. Chestnut St
Lot 9, Church St
Lot 10, E. Church St & Poplar Hill Ave
Lot 5, E. Main St
Downtown Parking Garage, E. Market St
Lot 30, Lake St & W. Main St
Lot 33, W. Main St
TidalHealth Gravel Lots, behind TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, Waverly Dr


Parking Locations Map:

Handicap Parking
Designated handicap parking spaces are available in all city lots and the Downtown parking garage.

There will not be onsite transportation available between the various stages.   

Group Tour Bus drop-off
Accommodations will be made for group bus drop-offs and pick-ups on the north side of the festival, at Lot 10.

In the Event of Rain
The National Folk Festival will go on, rain or shine. In the event of rain, please visit information booths located throughout the festival to receive an updated performance schedule.

In the event of rain, the festival’s five tented stages offer a dry environment in which you can enjoy the performances.

First Aid
First Aid will be available at several locations at the National Folk Festival. They will be well-marked on festival maps for download and onsite.

Water Bottle Refilling Stations
The Water Bottle Refilling Stations are generously provided by our Green Sponsor who together with our Eco Stations (recycling) divert waste away from the landfill and help ‘green’ the festival.

The National Folk Festival is welcoming to participants with all levels of abilities. All stages and areas allow accessibility for mobility devices which includes wheelchair access. For more information about accessibility at the festival, please visit

Interpretation Services for the Hearing Impaired
Check your Pocket Schedule or stop by any of the four Information Booths located throughout the festival for details about which performances will be interpreted.

Portable restrooms will be located throughout the festival.

Lost People
If a child or person in your party gets lost, please approach a volunteer immediately. Volunteers will have access to persons with radios, who can get you help right away.

Your Presence is Your Permission
Special photographers and videographers have been hired by festival organizers to document the event. Some images may be used in later promotional materials. Your presence at the event is seen as your permission for such promotional use by the non-profit organizers.

National Folk Festival Artists in Schools Program
Through generous donor support by The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, National Folk Festival artists will visit a number of Wicomico County public schools the week prior to the festival.  These master musician and artists engage with area students through interactive performances and activities that introduce a world of diverse cultural traditions to enrich these young lives.  Together, the artists and students share music, song, craft, stories, and memories that will last a lifetime.

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