The Folk Heritage Committee
Activities & Interests
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928, is the country’s longest running folk festival. Mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others have come to enjoy themselves “along about sundown” the first weekend in August.
The festival formally showcases an amazing repertoire of mountain performers – old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The popular and long-standing house band the Stoney Creek Boys returns to perform each evening. And each night of the festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.
In 2018, performers at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival will take to the stage for the 91st time at Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center, 340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC on Thursday through Saturday, August 2, 3 & 4. The show begins at 6:30 pm nightly. Tickets available on-line here.
- Asheville Art Museum (1 mile)
The Asheville Art Museum collects, preserves, and interprets American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on the Southeast.
- YMI Cultural Center (1 mile)
The YMI Cultural Center in Asheville, NC is the most celebrated African-American cultural institution in the region.
- Thomas Wolfe Memorial (1 mile)
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial in downtown Asheville, NC preserves the childhood home of one of the giants of American literature.