List of folk festivals
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. As at folk festivals, such art and handicraft may also appear at historical reenactments and events such as Renaissance fairs.
- Europeade (held each year in a different European country)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Interceltic Festival of Avilés
- Interceltic Festival of Morrazo
- Ortigueira's Festival of Celtic World
- Beverley Folk Festival
- Cambridge Folk Festival
- Celtic Connections
- England's Medieval Festival
- Edinburgh Folk Festival
- Fairport's Cropredy Convention
- FolkEast Festival
- The Green Man Festival
- Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival
- Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival
- Shetland Folk Festival
- Shrewsbury Folk Festival
- Sidmouth Folk Festival
- Soma Festival
- Wickham Festival
- Wimborne Folk Festival
- Calgary Folk Music Festival
- Canmore Folk Music Festival
- Edmonton Folk Music Festival
- Winnipeg Folk Festival (Birds Hill)
- Celtic Colours (Cape Breton)
- Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canso)
- CityFolkFestival (Ottawa)
- Emerald Music Festival
- Hillside Festival (Guelph)
- Home County Folk Festival (London)
- Mariposa Folk Festival (Orillia)
- Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music (Cambridge)
- Northern Lights Festival Boréal (Sudbury)
- Red Rock Folk Festival (Red Rock)
- Regina Folk Festival
- Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival (Owen Sound)
- TD Canada Trust Sunfest (London)
District of Columbia
- Whare Flat Folk Festival - held over the New Year period at Whare Flat near Dunedin; run by Dunedin's New Edinburgh Folk Club
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