The National Folk Festival
September 7-9, 2018
The Festival will take place within Downtown Salisbury. The borders of the Festival Footprint include: Route 13 – Route 50 – Wicomico River – Carroll Street. Please click here to view the Festival Map.
Friday: 6 PM* – 10:30 PM
Saturday: Noon* – 10:30 PM
Sunday: Noon* – 6:30 PM
* Food Vendors and the Festival Marketplace will open at 5:00 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, the Maryland Traditions Folklife Area & Stage, and the Pohanka Family Area at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.
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!
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
- Bottles/glass containers
- Contraband (drugs and weapons)
- Laser pointers
- Flying objects (drones, kites, Frisbees, footballs, etc.)
FREE parking and FREE shuttles are available from the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for your convenience. The shuttle stop at the Festival will be located at Church Street and Mill Street.
Friday – 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Saturday – 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
Sunday – 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Shuttles will leave regularly throughout the day.
FREE bus service
Made possible by the generous support of Perdue Farms, all Shore Transit buses serving Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties will be FREE of charge to all riders on September 7, 8 and 9.
Multiple FREE parking lots are available downtown. View Parking Map
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
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 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 Sponsors who together with our Eco Stations (recycling and composting) divert waste away from the landfill and help ‘green’ the festival. Our Green Sponsors are: Deep Water Wind and A Gift in memory and honor of M.W. “Bill” & Francie Tilghman.
View Map of Water Bottle Refilling Stations
The National Folk Festival is welcoming to participants with all levels of abilities. All stages and areas allow accessibility for mobility devices.
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.
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 the generous support of the Donnie Williams Foundation, 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.