2018 NC Folk Festival

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The Inaugural NC Folk Festival takes place
throughout downtown Greensboro September 7-9

Festival Map
Festival Street Closures Map

The North Carolina Folk Festival is a FREE, 3-day outdoor celebration of cultural roots and heritage held annually in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.

The North Carolina Folk Festival features performances and demonstrations by the finest musicians, dancers, and craftspeople – with performing groups on multiple stages including a dance pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing, and a family stage with performances appealing to both the young and young-at-heart.  A mix of open air and tented sites will provide a variety of performance venues ranging from intimate stages to amphitheater size. In addition to the performance stages, the Folk Festival also hosts a Family Activities Area, the North Carolina Arts Marketplace, and the Festival Food Courts.

Check out these resources for the 2018 NC Folk Festival

North Carolina Folk Festival Website

Artist Lineup for the 2018 NC Folk Festival

2018 NC Folk Festival News

Directions and Parking

Volunteer at the NC Folk Festival

By Car

  • From Eastbound and Westbound 40: Use exit 218-B Freeman Mill Road; continue northbound and follow directional signage
  • From Southbound 29: Exit on Gate City Boulevard (Lee Street); proceed westbound to Elm Street; turn right on Elm Street and follow directional signage
  • From Bryan Boulevard/US 200 Battleground Avenue: Continue southbound to Smith Street and follow directional signage

Priority Festival Parking

  • Three parking decks (Bellemeade Street, Greene Street, and Church Street) will be open for a flat rate of $10 per day on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
    • Bellemeade Street Deck can be accessed by traffic heading south on Greene Street
    • Greene Street Deck can be accessed by traffic heading both east and west on Washington Street
    • Church Street Deck can be accessed by traffic heading both north and south on Church Street
  • Accessible parking is available in surface lots in downtown and all City decks on ground floor locations and near elevators. Additional reserved accessible spaces will be available on streets interspersed throughout downtown.

By GTA Bus

  • All 16 of GTA's daily routes and seven Sunday routes will offer free trips at any GTA bus stop beginning at 3 pm September 7 and ending at 6 pm September 9. All routes begin and end in the heart of the National Folk Festival at the Galyon Depot in downtown Greensboro. Use Google Transit to plan your route and Transloc bus tracker to see what routes are running near you.
  • How to Ride GTA

Park & Ride

  • Festival goers can once again use the Park & Ride option this year by parking at War Memorial Stadium (510 Yanceyville St.) and riding the designated bus to a convenient location downtown. 

By Bicycle

  • A monitored, covered bike parking area will be set up at the ground level of the Davie Street Parking Deck. Bike Parking is free, but you need to bring your own bicycle lock. 
  • Please use Market St eastbound if you do not desire to dismount before arriving at the covered parking. Note: Bicyclists must walk their bike along all other streets closed for the festival
  • Ride along one of the City's signed bicycle routes -- #3, 6, 9 -- that go through downtown Greensboro. Google Maps also has a feature for providing directions by bicycle.
  • To see if there are group rides to or from the National Folk Festival check Triad Ride List.
  • Learn more about bicycle safety and remember to obey the rules of the road, ride predictably, and wear a helmet. If riding at night, have a white front light and a red rear light for visibility.
  • Ride the LimeBike bike share to the Folk Festival! The LimeBike mobile app can be downloaded for IPhone and Android smart phones and will display a map of the locations of LimeBikes near your location and allow you to unlock a bike for use. LimeBikes should be parked outside the Davie Street Parking Deck, at the Depot, and outside the Greensboro Grasshoppers Stadium, and must be walked inside the festival limits. Learn more at LimeBike's website or watch their how-to video.


  • The Raleigh Rickshaw Company will provide complimentary "transportainment" for festival goers throughout the festival, making it easier and more fun than ever to get from venue to venue.  

Complete List of Performers

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