“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

Buy your tickets now
for the Festival’s 50/50 Raffle

Tickets for sale at the Arts Council (301 Hay Street).
Last year’s winner took home over $1,800!


2015 International Folk Festival Photography Contest

Grab your camera and spend the day (or two!) capturing what makes the festival Fayetteville’s signature event.

Click here for Contest Rules and Entry Form


Are you an arts/crafts vendor?

 Applications for 2015 vendors are now closed.  Check back with us for IFF 2016! 

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E-mail us at
bobp@theartscouncil.com for additional information 


For International Group information, e-mail bobp@theartscouncil.com.



We would like to thank our hotel partner Ramada Plaza!

Offering a huge discounts on rooms for all festival goers… $72 Room Rate! To redeem, please log on to Ramada Plaza Fayetteville Fort Bragg Area Website  and use




Click the image below for Hotel and Visitor Information at the Fayetteville Area Visitors and Convention Bureau


The 37th International Folk Festival is presented by the Arts Council
and was sponsored in part by The Fayetteville Observer and other fine sponsors
(Scroll down for all of 2015’s generous partners.)

Travel 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!

37th International Folk Festival schedule:

Friday, Sept. 25
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. 26
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 6 p.m.
Live performances on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, Native American Cultural Showcase


Sunday, Sept. 27
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, children’s area, Native American Cultural Showcase.


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.
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Click here to see pictures from IFF 2015

  Artist Highlights of the Folk Festival:


9 String Theory – Ancient and modern music collide with the unique musical collaboration of Russian domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning American classical guitarist John Huston.

See 9 String Theory on the International Stage on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 12:15 and 2 p.m.



BigEasyPlayboysBig Easy Playboys – Get your dose of cajun with the New Orleans based group Big Easy Playboys.

Tap your feet to Big Easy Playboys on the Festival Stage on Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. each day.





SteveGryb_IMG_2552-midSteve Gryb, The Pied Piper of Percussion – Kids can take part in an interactive musical activity during “The Percussion Petting Zoo interactive exhibit” and experience with unique percussion instruments from around the world!

Find Gryb on the Kids’ Stage on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 2:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. When he is not on stage, you’ll learn about the instruments in his “Percussion Petting Zoo.”


Click here for the full schedule of performances



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. Now approaching its 37th year, the International Folk Festival has become 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 2014.

The September 2015 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 37th 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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