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Folk Festival
Inuit dance near Nome, Alaska, in 1900

A folk festival celebrates traditional folk crafts and folk music. This list includes folk festivals worldwide, except those with only a partial focus on folk music or arts. Folk festivals may also feature folk dance or ethnic foods.

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.

Festivals by region


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

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Czech Republic





  • International Folk Music Festival "Kamyanitsa"


  • Boombal Festival[2]
  • Dranouter Festival[3]
  • Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival[4]
  • Folk Festival Marsinne[5]
  • Hello!Schoten Volksdansfestival[6]


  • International ethno art forum "WithoutBorders"
  • International Children's Folk Festival "Varna"
  • Open Balkan Championship of Folklore "Jiva Voda - Euro Folk"
  • Open European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk"
  • Open National Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk"
  • Stara Planina Fest "Balkan Folk"[7]
  • World Championship of Folklore "World Folk"
  • International Folklore festival "Moonlight in Sofia"
  • Balkan folk fest "Foundation Balkan Folk Fest"[8]




  • Etnosoi! Festival (Helsinki)
  • Haapavesi Folk Music Festival[9]
  • Hollo and Martta International Folklore Festival (Hollola)[10]
  • Jutajaiset Folklore Festival (Rovaniemi)[11]
  • Kalenat International Children Folklore Festival (Lappeenranta)[12]
  • Kaustinen Folk Music Festival[13]
  • Kihaus Folk Festival (Rääkkylä)[14]
  • KoskisFolk (Koski Tl) (every other year)[15]
  • Medieval Folk Fest Tampere
  • PispalaFolk (Tampere)
  • Pispalan Sottiisi - Pispala Schottische (Tampere)[16]
  • Sata-Häme Soi - International Accordion Festival (Ikaalinen)[17]



see Volksfest







  • International Folk Dance Festival "Ohrid Waves"


Rapalje Zomerfolk Festival




  • Folk Festival Detva
  • Folk Festival Horehronské dni spevu a tanca - He?pa
  • Folk Festival Jáno?íkové dni - Terchová
  • Folk Festival Východná
  • International Folk Festival Myjava
  • Rusínsky Folk Festival Svidník
  • International Folklore Festival "Moonlight in Bratislava"


  • Green World Yoga & Sacred Music Festival -- held in July (Skåne)[32]
  • Urkult Näsåker -- held in August each year; purportedly the largest world music festival (Ångermanland)[33]


North America

Honduras Honduras

Canada Canada

British Columbia
  • Kaslo Folk Music Fest[40]
  • Vancouver Folk Music Fest[41]
  • Back 40 Folk Festival (Morden)[42]
  • Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival (Brandon)[43]
  • Harvest Moon Festival (Clearwater)[44]
  • Harvest Sun Music Fest (Kelwood)[45]
  • Matlock Festival of Music Art and Nature (Matlock)[46]
  • Portage la Prairie Winter Folk Fest (Portage la Prairie)[47]
  • Prairie Wind Music Festival (Cypress River)[48]
  • Rainbow Trout Music Festival (St. Malo)[49]
  • Shine On Festival of Music & Art (Kerry)[50]
  • Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival (Portage la Prairie)[47]
  • Winnipeg Folk Festival (Birds Hill)
  • Heritage Folk Festival (Terra Nova Park)[51]
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival (St. John's)[52]
Nova Scotia

United States United States


Australia Australia

New Zealand New Zealand

  • Auckland Folk Festival
  • Wellington Folk Festival - held over Labour Weekend; Labour Day in New Zealand is the fourth Monday in October
  • Cardrona Folk Festival - held over Labour Weekend in the Cardrona Valley near Wanaka; Labour Day in New Zealand is fourth Monday in October; run by Martin Curtis
  • Canterbury Folk Festival - held at Easter in the Waipara Valley north of Christchurch; run by the Christchurch Folk Music Club
  • Tui Farm Folk Festival - held over the New Year period near Tapawera in the Nelson district; run by Steve and Carol Rose
  • Waihi Bush Folk Festival - held the weekend nearest to Waitangi Day (February 6) near Geraldine in South Canterbury; run by David Musgrave
  • Whare Flat Folk Festival - held over the New Year period a few miles out of Dunedin; run by Dunedin's New Edinburgh Folk Club
  • Whitestone Folk Festival - held at Queen's Birthday weekend near Herbert in North Otago; Queen's Birthday is observed in New Zealand on the first Monday in June; run by Dunedin's New Edinburgh Folk Club



  • Dhaka International Folk Fest[67]


  • Bodrum International Folk Dance Festival[68]





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  46. ^ "Matlock Festival of Music Art and Nature". 
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  49. ^ "Rainbow Trout Music Festival - Winnipeg, Manitoba - RTMF". Rainbow Trout Music Festival - Winnipeg, Manitoba - RTMF. 
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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,

External links

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