Everything You Need to Know About Folkmoot

Did you know the hills of Appalachia are a hub for international flavor? Every year the Folkmoot festival in Waynesville provides a haven for cultural performances from Caribbean street performers to Egyptian folklore. The festival attracts thousands of visits each July, but Folkmoot is so much more than just a festival. Learn more about Waynesville festivals by accessing our exclusive Vacation Guide. It includes information about the best restaurants and attractions in the Smoky Mountains. 

Plan Your Adventure 

Plan Your Trip to Folkmoot

Maybe you’ve heard of the diverse Folkmoot Festival, but are you familiar with all that the center has to offer? Discover the international community in a whole new way when you enter the hydrangea-covered property of the friendship center

Explore all of Folkmoot Friendship Center

Immerse yourself in all that Folkmoot has to offer. Folkmoot, literally meaning “meeting of the people,” lives to engage the local community through cultural engagement. Interact with their international community with one of their exciting programs. 

  • Friendship Dinners

Indulge in an international culinary tour where members of the communities come together to share recipes and tastings of their local cuisine. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know the local scene and learn more about each diverse culture. 

  • Cultural Crash Courses

Cultural crash courses allow guests to uncover more of Asheville’s diversity through dialogue from Western Carolina University’s distinguished experts. Dive deeper with one of these knowledgable lectures. 

  • Southern Supper Series

Join author Chris Cox as he hosts a dinner and lecture series featuring other Western North Carolina authors. Along with the readings and talks, there will be musical performances, art displays, and group discussions. 

  • Camp Folkmoot

Designed with all ages in mind, Camp Folkmoot allows dancers of all abilities to join in on the traditional dances. Learn something new with step-by-step lessons of the dances of the festival.

Folkmoot Festival

The Folkmoot festival occurs each year from the third week of July to the last Sunday of the month. Performers from around the globe are invited to showcase their artistic talent via dance, song, or interpretive art form. The line-up boasts over 200 performers and includes everything from traditional Romanian Hora to Hungarian folk dance to Colombian merengue. 

The festival kicks off with a multicultural Parade of Nations celebrating all of the various performers. International Day takes place on the streets of Downtown Waynesville and provides three main stages for performances, an extensive craft fair full of international treasures, and a variety of food vendors. Event tickets go on sale in May and can be purchased through the Folkmoot website.

Unwind at Oak Hill on Love Lane

ella davis room oak hillCome back to the Ella Davis Ray room at Oak Hill. The naturally sun-lit room provides panoramic views of the mountains along with wrought iron, king-size bed, antique dressing table, and gas fireplace. Add a spa treatment to your stay and let our licensed massage therapist work out those dancing kinks from a long day at Folkmoot. We can’t wait to welcome you to Waynesville!