Come on down to the Folk School Fall Festival this weekend! Enjoy lively music and dance performances on two new stages, shop for fine crafts, and view over 40 craft demonstrations. Savor delicious food, and participate in many kids’ activities. The Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family.

paul_jccfs_ff_cp4_4749Date: October 1 & 2

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily admission: $5 adults, $3 ages 12-17, and free for children under 12

Location: Folk School Campus
4590 Brasstown Road,
Brasstown, NC 28902

GPS coordinates:
35˚ 2’ 21.28” N; 83˚ 57’ 50.2” W
(View us on Google Maps)

Parking: Lots of Free Parking and Shuttle Service. Donations Accepted (see below).

Please note: there are no ATMs on campus. Most craft vendors accept credit/debit cards, but you will need cash for your entry tickets and food items. Please leave your dogs at home.

Music & Dance on Two Stages


img_9098_retThroughout Fall Festival weekend, music will flow through the trees from two performance stages. The Festival Barn stage and the Shady Grove stage, near the Craft Shop, will showcase diverse music and dance performers.

Talented regional musicians will share old time, country, bluegrass, gospel, Celtic, and Blues songs with the audience. Appalachian cloggers and Morris dancers will delight everyone with their intricate footwork.

woodbox_jccfs_ff_img_7742_croppedOver 240 Fine Craft Vendors


Festivalgoers will meander along tree-lined paths, greeting over 240 local and regional artisans showcasing their work for sale.

Browsers will enjoy many fine crafts in a variety of media including wood, fiber, jewelry, naturals, glass, clay, photography, metal, book arts, painting, garden arts, and more!

Remember, there are no ATM’s on campus: While many vendors accept credit cards, attendees are encouraged to bring cash to pay for tickets and food.

Craft Demonstrations


jccfs_ff_img_9081_retVisitors can view over 40 traditional and contemporary craft demonstrations, each offering a glimpse into the artist’s creative process.

Download our program to see where you can view demonstrations in spinning, dyeing, book arts, calligraphy, marbling, wood engraving, quilting, weaving, blacksmithing, clay, jewelry, tinsmithing, woodcarving, basketry, broom making, chair seats, and wood turning.

The Brasstown Fire Department will also be onsite to demonstrate fire prevention.

horse_img_9112_retChildren’s Activities


Children will enjoy activities such as pony rides and face painting.

The Valley River Humane Society’s pet adoption exhibit will attract animal-loving kids and adults looking for an ideal canine companion.

The Cherokee County Arts Council will host crafts activities for kids (free) near Open House. They will have paper arts, fabric collage, painting, felting, whimmy-diddling, and more!

Quilting & Visual Arts Exhibitions


quiltshow-img_8520_croppedVisitors will enjoy two exhibitions highlighting the Folk School’s Visual Arts and Quilting and Surface Design Programs. The School’s Davidson Hall will showcase Visual Arts by talented Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media instructors. In the Pitman Fiber Arts Building, skilled Quilting instructors will display quilts on the studio’s walls. Dolls, bears, and surface design pieces will hold court in the center of the room.

Getting Here & Parking


Parking is free and abundant. Take advantage of a free on-campus shuttle bus courtesy of Cherokee County Transit. These spacious, well-equipped vehicles will travel between parking areas and the Craft Shop and Festival Barn gates. Handicapped parking is available in the gravel lot by Keith House and by the Fiber Arts Building.

While parking is free, you’ll notice that Tri-County Early College High School volunteers will distribute donation envelopes for those who wish to contribute.

Entertainment Schedule



Festival Barn Stage

ff16enews_pressleysisters10:00 Curtis Hicks & Old Time Strings
10:40 Campbell Folk School Cloggers
11:20 The Rick & Geoff Show
12:00 Jones Brothers
12:40 The Wilson Family
1:20 Kudzu Kickers
2:00 Heidi Holton
2:40 Brasstown Morris Dancers
3:20 Snowbird Quartet
4:00 The Washboard Band

Shady Grove Stage

10:00 Paul Constantine
10:40 Snowbird Quartet
11:20 Faith Willin’
12:00 The Washboard Band
12:40 Black Mash Hollow
1:20 Redwine Jam
2:00 Cane Creek Cliff Dwellers
2:40 Jones Brothers
3:20 Kenneth Gay
4:00 Dusty Road Rangers

If it rains, Shady Grove Stage will move to the Keith House Community Room.

ff16enews_ff_ks2a9320Festival Barn Stage


10:00 Sunday Morning String Band
10:40 Just Us Gals
11:20 Wyatt Espalin, Zac Kilmer & Rob Tiger
12:00 Chompin’ at the Bit String Band
12:40 Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express
1:20 Campbell Folk School Cloggers
2:00 The Pressley Girls
2:40 Little Brasstown Baptist Church Choir
3:20 Brasstown Morris Dancers
4:00 Irons In The Fire

Shady Grove Stage

10:00 Nelson Thomas
10:40 Cane Creek Cliff Dwellers
11:20 Dusty Road Rangers
12:00 Heidi Holton
12:40 Butternut Creek
1:20 Lee Knight
2:00 Beansidhe
2:40 Tom Morgan & Lynne Haas
3:20 The Mountaineers
4:00 Anne & Rob Lough

If it rains, Shady Grove Stage will move to the Keith House Community Room.

Enter to Win $100 at the Craft Shop


Visit the Craft Shop during the Fall Festival, and enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate. The Folk School’s Craft Shop represents more than 300 juried craftspeople. Pick up your Fall Festival 42nd Fall Festival shirt at the Folk School’s Festival Barn booth. Available in a wide variety of colors and adult sizes (while supplies last). Not available online. (Short Sleeve – $15/Long Sleeve – $25)

Fall Festival 2016 posters are also available in the Craft Shop for $3.


Win a Free Class


Visit the Folk School Information Booth in the Festival Barn. Enter to win a free class of your choice! Select from many five- or six-day classes in our print catalog, available at the Information Booth.