This article is about the international music festivals held throughout the United States. For the annual three-day multicultural event held in Edmonton, see Edmonton Heritage Festival
Heritage Festival refers to one of about 100 music festivals held throughout the United States where middle school and high school-aged musical ensembles are adjudicated on a national standard. These groups include choirs, bands, and orchestras. The festivals were founded in 1980, and are currently a part of WorldStrides OnStage Programs. The top performing groups in these Heritage Festivals are invited to perform in the Festival of Gold Elite Festival Series or the Festival at Carnegie Hall.