Kecskemét Folk Dance Ensemble

Folkmoot is excited to have Kecskemét Folk Dance Ensemble from Hungary performing at the Folkmoot festival July 18-28. / Donated photo

The 2019 Folkmoot International Festival is an 11-day event, July 18-28, based in Haywood County and held in mountain towns throughout WNC.

The festival features folk dance troupes with live music from the Bahamas, Colombia, Egypt, Hungary, Romania, and local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians.

Known as North Carolina’s International Folk Festival for almost 40 years, Folkmoot has evolved into a year-round cultural organization with an annual summer festival that celebrates world culture through international folk dance performances, live music, parades, craft beer, food trucks and artisan vendors.

In 2019, Folkmoot expanded its festival programming with several new events, including an Appalachian folkways gathering and community picnic, an international beer and food truck fair, a cultural sports event, a lantern parade and a late night variety show.

The 2019 Festival includes activities and performances in the towns of Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Canton, Cherokee, Hickory, Asheville, and Hendersonville.

Folkmoot is literally defined as a “meeting of the people” and delivers exuberant, educational and entertaining programs for all ages based on cultural arts exchange through dance, music, food and more. The festival is designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity.

Please visit for additions or cancellations or call the ticket office, 828-452-2997.

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