Come on down to the Folk School Fall Festival this weekend. Enjoy music and
dance performances on two stages, shop for unique craft and art made by local and regional artisans, and view live craft demonstrations. Enjoy delicious food, and participate in many kids’ activities. The Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family.
Fall Festival 2017 Details
Date: October 7 & 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 adults, $3 ages 12-17, and free for children under 12
John C. Campbell Folk School
4590 Brasstown Road
Brasstown, NC 28902
35˚ 2’ 21.28” N; 83˚ 57’ 50.2” W
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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.
Over 250 Fine Craft Vendors
Festivalgoers will meander along tree-lined paths, greeting over 250 local and regional artisans showcasing their work for sale.
Browsers will enjoy a wide selection of craft items including wood, fiber, jewelry, naturals, glass, clay, photography, metal, book arts, painting, garden arts, and more!
Remember, there are no ATMs on campus. While many vendors accept credit/debit cards, attendees are encouraged to bring cash to pay for tickets and food.
Music & Dance on Two Stages
During Fall Festival weekend, music and dance lovers will be entertained by performance stages. The Festival Barn Stage, and the Shady Grove stage in the woods near the Craft Shop, will host musicians and dancers of varied genres.
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.
Visitors are invited to watch over 30 traditional and contemporary craft demonstrations. Each talented artisan will showcase techniques and offer intriguing insights while bringing their work to life.
Download the festival program
to view the demonstration sites for spinning, dyeing, book arts, calligraphy, marbling, wood engraving, quilting, weaving, blacksmithing, clay, jewelry, tinsmithing, woodcarving, basketry, broom making, chair seats, and woodturning.
The Brasstown Fire Department will demonstrate several valuable fire prevention techniques.
Children will be engaged by face painting, pony rides, and other fun activities.
Animal-loving kids and adults will gravitate to the Valley River Humane Society’s pet adoption exhibit, where they’ll meet appealing dogs eager to find their forever homes.
At the Cherokee County Arts Council’s Kids’ Art tents, near the gardens and petting zoo, kids can enjoy a free art project (or two). They’ll choose from puzzle making, mask making, bead stringing, simple drawing and coloring, felting, leaf or quilt block collages, and Halloween decoration making.
Quilting & Visual Arts Exhibitions
This year’s Fall Festival has special significance, as the Folk School has dedicated the event to the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th birthday celebration. The Folk School’s enduring commitment to the arts is evident in two special exhibitions showcasing the School’s Visual Arts and Quilting and Surface Design Programs.
Davidson Hall will house works by Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media instructors. The Pitman Fiber Arts Building will feature a display of over 30 traditional and contemporary quilts made by the school’s Quilting instructors.
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, the Murphy High School Shooting Team will manage the on-campus parking. Donations are encouraged, with proceeds help the team to learn shooting sports in a safe, positive environment.
Enter to Win a $100 Gift Certificate
Visit the Craft Shop during the Fall Festival, and enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate for the Craft Shop. The Folk School’s Craft Shop showcases the work of more than 300 juried craftspeople.
Pick up your 43rd Fall Festival shirt at the tent in front of the Craft Shop. Available in a wide variety of colors (pictured below Vintage Red, Black, and Vintage Navy) and adult sizes (while supplies last). Not available online.
Short Sleeve – $15
Long Sleeve – $25
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 catalog, available at the Information Booth.