Lunsford Festival

Saturday October 6, 2018 , 10:00-7:30


The Lunsford Festival 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 the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 51st year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers.  It happens on the same day as the Madison Heritage Arts Festival, so downtown will be abuzz. Join us in honoring the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians!

10:00-5:00: Concert on the Upper Quad
1:00-2:00: Fiddle, Banjo, and Guitar Workshops
1:30-3:30: Ballad Swap, Blackwell Hall (Peterson Conference Room)
2:30-3:45: Open Jam, Sunken Garden
5:30-7:30: Community Dance, Chambers Gym

There is no evening concert this year. Instead, we invite you to attend the Community Dance!

For more information, please contact Leila Weinstein at (828) 689-1115 or

The Ramsey Center is a proud site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.


The best way to get to the Lunsford Festival during the day on Saturday October 6 is to take one of the free shuttles provided by the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival or the Madison Heritage Arts Festival. Shuttles will run from and to the old Shell Station parking lot (next to Summit Church) on JF Robinson Lane (take a right-hand turn onto JF Robinson Lane if you are traveling on 213 West), where you can park your car. They will drop off/pick up in front of Pittman Dining Hall on Hwy 213 on campus. The first shuttle will leave the old Shell Station at 9:00 am and the last shuttle will leave Pittman Dining Hall at 5:15 pm.

If you are coming in the afternoon for the Community Dance, which begins at 5.30, you may park in any green or white parking space on campus.