List of folk festivals

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List of folk festivals
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General Information
Related genres Folk music, Celtic music, sea shanty, early music
Location Worldwide
Related events Category:Folk festivals, List of music festivals, Celtic festivals, early music festivals, maritime music festivals, Eisteddfod, Cèilidh, Mod (Scotland), Fest Noz, Balfolk, Feis

A folk festival celebrates traditional folk crafts and folk music. The following is an incomplete list of folk festivals worldwide. This list generally excludes festivals with only a partial focus on folk music or arts, though these multi-genre festivals may be included in individual subcategories of Category:Folk festivals by country.

Folk festivals may feature folk art and folk music, with a focus on both or either, as well as folk dance or ethnic foods. Featured genres are often catered to a particular region or culture, for example Celtic festivals or maritime music festivals. Diverse regional genres of folk music are popular among modern audiences, and there are major folk music festivals in many countries. It is sometimes claimed that the earliest modern folk festival was the 1928 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville, North Carolina, founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford.[citation needed] Since then festivals have grown in size, such as the Feast of the Hunters' Moon in Indiana, which draws approximately 60,000 visitors per year.[citation needed] Some offshoots of folk music, such as country music and bluegrass music, have festival circuits devoted solely to the genre.

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.[1] As at folk festivals, such art and handicraft may also appear at historical reenactments and events such as Renaissance fairs.

Related lists, categories, and media[edit]

Music festival topics and lists
List Category Media
List of folk festivals Category Folk festivals Commons page Folk music festivals
List of music festivals Category Music festivals Commons page Music festivals
List of Celtic festivals Category Celtic music festivals Commons page Celtic festival
List of Celtic music festivals
List of fèissana
List of mods Commons page Mod (Scotland)
List of eisteddfodau Category Eisteddfod Commons page Eisteddfodau
List of pow wows Category Pow wows Commons page Pow wows
List of maritime music festivals Category Maritime music festivals Commons page Maritime music festivals
List of blues festivals Category Blues festivals Commons page Blues festivals
List of old-time music festivals Category Old-time music festivals Commons page Old-time music festivals
List of world music festivals Category World music festivals Commons page World music festivals
List of country music festivals Category Country music festivals Commons page Country music festivals
List of bluegrass music festivals Category Bluegrass festivals Commons page Bluegrass festivals
List of Christian music festivals Category Christian music festivals Commons page Christian music festivals
List of rock festivals Category Rock festivals Commons page Rock festivals
List of free festivals Category Free festivals Commons page Free festivals

Festivals by region[edit]

By country[edit]




  • Dranouter Festival [2]
  • Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival [3]



British Columbia[edit]
Nova Scotia[edit]






see Volksfest









New Zealand[edit]

North Island
South Island




  • Green World Yoga & Sacred Music Festival - held in late June (Skåne)[46]
  • Urkult Näsåker - held in August each year; purportedly the largest world music festival (Ångermanland)[47]





See also[edit]


  1. ^ West, Shearer (general editor), The Bullfinch Guide to Art History, page 440, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, United Kingdom, 1996. ISBN 0-8212-2137-X
  2. ^ Dranouter Festival
  3. ^ Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival
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  5. ^ Wild Mountain Music Fest
  6. ^ Kaslo Folk Music Fest
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  17. ^ Heritage Folk festival
  18. ^ Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival
  19. ^ "Barrie Folk Society". 
  20. ^ Eaglewood Folk Festival
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  31. ^ Grand Bal de l'Europe: Gennetines & St Gervais
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  33. ^ The Folk Music Festival
  34. ^ Amarrass (Desert) Music Festival
  35. ^ Blue Lotus Festival
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  43. ^ Aitzina Folk Festival; festival solidario de música folk de Vitoria-Gasteiz
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  46. ^ Green World Yoga & Sacred Music Festival
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  48. ^ Bodrum International Folk Dance Festival
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  50. ^ Folk on the Farm Festival
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  52. ^ Blue Sky Folk Festival
  53. ^ Cornstock Folk Festival
  54. ^ Folk Alliance International Conference
  55. ^ Folk College
  56. ^ Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering
  57. ^ Stuhldreher, Tim (2015-08-12). "Don Yoder, 'dean' of Pennsylvania Dutch studies, dies at age 93". LNP. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  58. ^ Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
  59. ^ "Washington Folk Festival". The Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Retrieved 2011-03-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Coffin, Tristam P.; Cohen, Hennig, (editors), Folklore in America; tales, songs, superstitions, proverbs, riddles, games, folk drama and folk festivals, Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1966. Selections from the Journal of American folklore. Cf. chapter on "Folk Drama and Folk Festival", pp. 195–225,

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