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January 1, 1970


Location: Folk School Campus

Folk School Fall Festival 2018

Golden fall sunlight and brightly colored leaves provide a scenic backdrop for the John C. Campbell Folk School's Fall Festival. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School's Brasstown, North Carolina campus, heralds its 44th anniversary in October.

The Folk School's enduring commitment to the arts is evident in two vibrant exhibitions showcasing the School's Visual Arts and Quilting and Surface Design Programs. Davidson Hall will house works by accomplished Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media instructors. The Pitman Fiber Arts Building will feature a display of dozens of striking quilts made by the school’s instructors.

Visit over 200 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school's winding wooded paths. Watch more than 30 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Tap your toes to clogging, Morris, Rapper Sword, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend.

Children will enjoy the pony rides, petting the alpacas, and visiting the animals at the Humane Society's pet adoption booth. Face painting and arts and crafts activities will be offered by the Cherokee County Arts Council.

Hungry festivalgoers can satisfy their appetites with a tasty lunch, dessert, or snack. Vendors' concession proceeds benefit several non-profit and community organizations.

The Folk School's renowned Craft Shop, containing fine crafts from over 600 juried regional artists, will draw visitors throughout the weekend and be offering a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Craft Shop.


No pets allowed.

While many vendors accept credit cards, attendees are encouraged to bring cash to pay for tickets and food.

Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12.

2018 Fall Festival Program here


SATURDAY, October 6


MC’s: Martin Sachs, David Liden, Bob Grove
Sound: Geraud Barralon /Lindsey Liden, Ted Cooley

10:00 Chompin’ at The Bit
10:40 Campbell Folk School Cloggers
11:20 The Rick & Geoff Show
12:00 Folk School Junior Appalachian Music Students
12:40 Julie Helms and the Bluegrass Partners
1:20 Jones Brothers
2:00 Heidi Holton
2:40 Brasstown Morris & Garland Dancers
3:20 David Anderson
4:00 Dave Peters


MC’s: Mike Oliphant, Lee Knight, Chris Moser
Sound: Mike Davis/ Dave Peters, Zac Kilmer /Ben Kilmer

10:00 Jones Brothers
10:40 Greg Biltz
11:20 Faith Willin’
12:00 Heidi Holton
12:40 Black Mash Hollow
1:20 Beansidhe
2:00 Lee Knight
2:40 Jerry Harmon
3:20 Redwine Jam
4:00 Nelson Thomas

SUNDAY, October 7


MC’s: Larry Sorgen, Martin Sachs, Bob Grove Sound: Rob Tiger, Dave Peters

10:00 Sunday Morning String Band
10:40 Dogwood Winter
11:20 Faith Willin’
12:00 Just Us Gals
12:40 Troy Underwood
1:20 Campbell Folk School Cloggers
2:00 The Pressley Girls
2:40 Little Brasstown Baptist Church Choir
3:20 Brasstown Morris & Garland Dancers
4:00 Irons In The Fire


MC’s: Anne Merkle, Ryan Gaither, MikeCrubaugh
Sound: Carl Dreher / Bob Dalsemer, Ted Cooley/ Chad Johnson

10:00 Folk School Junior Appalachian Music Students
10:40 Kellee
11:20 Dogwood Winter
12:00 Greg Biltz
12:40 Kudzu Kicker Cloggers
1:20 Carl Dreher
2:00 The Georgia Hellbenders
2:40 The Mountaineers
3:20 Kenneth Gay
4:00 Anne & Rob Lough


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John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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