The Arts Council's 33rd International Folk Festival - Sept. 23-25
“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
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 in its 33rd 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.
Friday, Sept. 23
Parade of Nations 7 p.m. on Hay Street during Fourth Friday
Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25
International Folk Festival from noon to 6 p.m. in Festival Park
All the pageantry and color of the world right here in our community! Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts, children’s area and more!
Click here for a lineup of the performance areas.
If you are interested in corporate sponsorship of the 33rd International Folk Festival, contact Calvin Mims, the Arts Council's Development Director, at (910) 323-1776 or email@example.com.
The festival's hotel of choice is Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Fayetteville.