We are so excited to announce that we will be able to hold the Lunsford Festival in person this year! Important note: The Lunsford Festival and the Madison Heritage Arts Festival will not be in their usual locations this year, due to upcoming construction on MHU’s campus. Instead, we will both be behind Broyhill Chapel on Cascade Street.
The Lunsford Festival is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second longest-running folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, who was a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians.
The festival brings out the region’s finest musicians, ballad singers, and dancers and it happens on the same day as the Madison Heritage Arts Festival, so Mars Hill is abuzz. Everything is free of charge . Join us in honoring the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians!
The Ramsey Center is a proud site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.
Because campus parking is limited, we strongly urge you to use the shuttle operated by the Madison Heritage Arts Festival. The shuttle will run from 9 am until 5 pm between the Ingles on Hwy 213 (where you can park your car) and the Park Drive MHU parking lot just below Broyhill Chapel on 213/Cascade Street.