Tickets for Empty Bowls are now on sale

We are happy to be together again for our annual Empty Bowls event here at John C. Campbell Folk School! Join us on Saturday, May 20 in the Festival Barn from 4-7 p.m. for this special event. We are excited to continue this tradition and raise awareness about hunger in our communities.

Ticket holders will select their own handmade bowls donated by local potters, fill it with soup, and enjoy a hearty meal. Soups will be generously provided by Perrone’s Neighborhood Grill and The Crown Brasstown. There will also be live music, a wheel throwing demonstration, and, following the meal, a Brown Bag Raffle.

All profits from this event will benefit food banks that serve Clay and Cherokee counties: the Sharing Center in Murphy, Matt’s Ministry, Cherokee County Food Bank, and Clay County Food Pantry. The 2019 event generated $11,000, and we hope to raise even more this year.

Admission includes soup, salad, bread, beverage, and a handmade bowl. Tickets are $40.00 and are now available for purchase on the Folk School website at 

The Folk School is proud to partner with Perrone’s Neighborhood Grill and The Crown Brasstown for this event. A huge thank you to both of these restaurants for providing food, and thank you to all the potters who made and donated bowls!


4-5 p.m. – Stop by the craft shop for their 15% off sale!
5 p.m. – Doors open in the Festival Barn for bowl preview and selection, brown bag raffle, music, and wheel throwing demonstration and grab beverages
6 p.m. – Dinner served in the Festival Barn
6:15 p.m. – Additional bowls and raffle tickets will be available for sale
6:45 p.m.-Brown Bag Raffle winners are announced

Buy your tickets online today

This year, tickets for Empty Bowls will be sold exclusively online. Tickets are $40 and are available for purchase now. Admission includes soup, salad, bread, beverage, and a handmade bowl. Empty bowls tickets are first-come, first-serve, so make sure to buy your tickets in advance to secure your spot!

Buy your ticket today