Folk Festival

A folk festival celebrates traditional folk crafts and folk music. The following is an incomplete list of folk festivals worldwide. This list generally excludes festivals with only a partial focus on folk music or arts, though these multi-genre festivals may be included in individual subcategories of Category:Folk festivals by country.

Folk festivals may feature folk art and folk music, with a focus on both or either, as well as folk dance or ethnic foods. Featured genres are often catered to a particular region or culture, for example Celtic festivals or maritime music festivals. Diverse regional genres of folk music are popular among modern audiences, and there are major folk music festivals in many countries. It is sometimes claimed that the earliest modern folk festival was the 1928 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville, North Carolina, founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford.[] Since then festivals have grown in size, such as the Feast of the Hunters' Moon in Indiana, which draws approximately 60,000 visitors per year.[] Some offshoots of folk music, such as country music and bluegrass music, have festival circuits devoted solely to the genre.

Handicrafting has long been exhibited at such events and festival-like gatherings, as it has its roots in the rural crafts. Like folk art, handicraft output often has cultural, political, and/or religious significance. Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic, and is often sold at festivals by tradespeople or practicing amateurs.[1] As at folk festivals, such art and handicraft may also appear at historical reenactments and events such as Renaissance fairs.

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Festivals by region


Dancers on the Europeade 2015 in Helsingborg in Sweden.
  • Europeade -- held each year in a different European country

Czech Republic






  • Boombal Festival[2]
  • Dranouter Festival[3]
  • Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival[4]







see Volksfest












  • Green World Yoga & Sacred Music Festival -- held in July (Skåne)[30]
  • Urkult Näsåker -- held in August each year; purportedly the largest world music festival (Ångermanland)[31]


North America

Honduras Honduras

Canada Canada


North Country Fair in drift pile valley

British Columbia
Nova Scotia

United States United States


Australia Australia

New Zealand New Zealand






See also


  1. ^ West, Shearer (general editor), The Bullfinch Guide to Art History, page 440, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, United Kingdom, 1996. ISBN 0-8212-2137-X
  2. ^ Boombal Festival
  3. ^ Dranouter Festival
  4. ^ Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival
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  16. ^ Grand Bal de l'Europe: Gennetines & St Gervais
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  27. ^ Aitzina Folk Festival; festival solidario de música folk de Vitoria-Gasteiz
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  34. ^ Folk on the Farm Festival
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  36. ^ El Grande de Grandes
  37. ^ Wild Mountain Music Fest
  38. ^ Kaslo Folk Music Fest
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  49. ^ Heritage Folk festival
  50. ^ Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival
  51. ^ "Barrie Folk Society". 
  52. ^ "Blue Skies Music Festival". 
  53. ^ Eaglewood Folk Festival
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  55. ^ Blue Sky Folk Festival
  56. ^ Cornstock Folk Festival
  57. ^ Gisler, Margaret (2004). "Feast of the Hunters' Moon". Fun with the Family Indiana (5th ed.). Globe Pequot. pp. 177-178. ISBN 978-0-7627-2978-4. Retrieved . 
  58. ^ Folk Alliance International Conference
  59. ^ Folk College
  60. ^ Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering
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  62. ^ Stuhldreher, Tim (2015-08-12). "Don Yoder, 'dean' of Pennsylvania Dutch studies, dies at age 93". LNP. Retrieved . 
  63. ^ Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
  64. ^ "Washington Folk Festival". The Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Retrieved .  External link in |publisher= (help)
  65. ^ Bodrum International Folk Dance Festival
  66. ^ Amarrass (Desert) Music Festival
  67. ^ Blue Lotus Festival
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Further reading

  • Coffin, Tristam P.; Cohen, Hennig, (editors), Folklore in America; tales, songs, superstitions, proverbs, riddles, games, folk drama and folk festivals, Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1966. Selections from the Journal of American folklore. Cf. chapter on "Folk Drama and Folk Festival", pp. 195-225,

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