Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s official international folklore festival, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through music and dance. The production travels throughout Western North Carolina and will make a stop at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 24. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $22 each.
Folkmoot USA, now in its 30th year, is headquartered in Haywood County and was established by Waynesville surgeon, Dr. Clinton Border. He believed Western North Carolina and its history of preserving traditional culture would be the ideal location for an American folk festival. The first Folkmoot USA festival was held in 1984. The Southeast Tourism Society has named Folkmoot USA one of its top 20 events for two decades. Today, Folkmoot USA attracts 75,000 spectators from more than 40 states.