Talented dancers and musicians from across North Carolina compete for ribbons and plaques, which will be awarded to the individual or group that best exemplifies North Carolina’s musical heritage. This 5-day competition features performances ranging from old-time bluegrass music to high-energy clogging and traditional square dancing.


Many groups take traditional dances and mix them with contemporary costumes and music to appeal to younger generations. Judging is based on audience appeal, authenticity, appearance, enthusiasm and competency.


The Folk Festival schedule will run in Dorton Arena from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on October 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 ONLY.