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.
This year's Fall Festival has special significance, as the 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 over 30 striking quilts made by the school’s instructors.
Visit over 250 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, 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 300 juried regional artists, will draw visitors throughout the weekend and be offering a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Craft Shop.
There are no ATMs on campus.
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.