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Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival

October 08 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Oval logo for Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Music Festival at Mars Hill University, featuring an illustration of a banjo with purple flowersThe Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Music Festival is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. This event is free and open to the public and all are welcome. It will take place on the field behind Broyhill Chapel on Cascade Street on the MHU campus.

The event is the second-longest-running folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named after Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The festival, which is in its 55th year, brings out the region’s finest musicians, dancers, and ballad singers for a day of fall fun celebrating the rich cultural traditions of Southern Appalachia. The Madison Heritage Arts Festival occurs on the same day as the Lunsford Festival, so there will be lots of local arts to explore, as well as music.

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


Intramural Fields
265 Cascade St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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