Lunsford Festival

October 6, 2018


This is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second oldest folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of cofounder Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Lunsford was a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Through his work he became known as “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 49th year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers. Numerous performances, jam circles, and a ballad and story swap will occur throughout the day. The traditional evening concert will take place inside Moore Auditorium and will feature ballad singers, cloggers, and string bands. Join us in honoring the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians!

Please visit for information about performances and other activities during the festival. For more information, please contact Karen Paar at (828) 689-1262 or