“When we dance in the streets, we dance together, regardless of color, race, status, enjoying ourselves
and sharing a love for great music, food and fun!”
— Trinidad poet


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Do you want to represent your culture during the Parade of Nations?  Click here to find out how you can participate! 

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Join us for the Arts Council’s 39th International Folk Festival with Compare Foods

September 22-24, 2017


5789_FreemanTravel around the world in one weekend — without even leaving downtown Fayetteville! Celebrate our community’s cultural diversity with music and dance, arts and crafts and international food. 
Welcome to the neighborhood!

39th International Folk Festival schedule:

Friday, Sept. 22
4th Friday, Downtown Fayetteville
Arts Council building (301 Hay St.), 7 to 9 p.m.

Folks of all ages get a taste of Fayetteville’s arts and cultural offerings, from gallery openings to artist performances.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Parade of Nations, Hay Street, 10:30 a.m.
See all the pageantry and customs of our diverse community during the Parade of Nations

Festival Park, Noon to 8 p.m.
Live performances on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts vendors and the children’s area

Sunday, Sept. 24
Festival Park, Noon to 6 p.m.
The fun continues with live performances on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts vendors and the children’s area.


For the safety and comfort of your animals, as well as park regulations, please leave your furry – and feathered – friends at home. This festival only allows certified service animals.

 If you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s festival, click here to download a volunteer application and e-mail volunteers@theartscouncil.com.

History of the Folk Festival:

Fayetteville has a rich and long history of celebrating its multicultural population. Years ago, a group of forward thinking citizens got together to create the International Folk Festival as a celebration of our diversity. For many years, the event has been a weekend-long celebration.

The International Folk Festival was created to celebrate the richness of the diverse cultural roots of our community. By showcasing historic artistic customs and traditions of a culture, the festival strives to foster an appreciation of our diversity while preserving the historical and traditional art forms that infuse a culture with its specific identity. The purpose and scope of the festival is to present the arts and creative expression of all of our community’s ethnic and cultural groups with a professional approach. Click here for complete information on the festival’s mission and participation requirements.

Click here for photos from past festivals.

Click here for information on IFF 2016.

The September 2016 festival is FREE, thanks to these sponsors (Click on logos to learn more about the sponsors. Be sure to thank them for their generous support!):


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If you are interested in corporate sponsorship of the 39th International Folk Festival, contact UniQue Webster, the Arts Council’s Director of Development, at (910) 323-1776 or uniquew@theartscouncil.com.

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