Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival

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Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival


  • Mars Hill University, Karen Paar


  • College Street
    Mars Hill NC 28754


This is an all-day festival celebrating music and dance traditions of the southern Appalachian mountains. The event is the second oldest folk festival in western North Carolina and was named in honor of co-founder Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the region. The festival features music and dance performances, jam circles and a ballad and story swap.

The daytime concert takes place on the Upper Quad of the Mars Hill University campus from 10 am - 4 pm with ongoing live performances on the outdoor stage. The Ballad and Story Swap is 1 - 3 pm. Admission to the daytime performances is free.

The evening concert in Moore Auditorium begins at 7 pm. Join us in celebrating the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians!

Admission: Daytime events are free. Night concert at 7 pm is $10 for adults & $5 for children

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35° 49' 37.1994" / Longitude: -82° 32' 57.84"


College Street Mars Hill NC 28754

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I 26 to Exit #11 at Mars Hill. Take Hwy 213 one mile to the intersection with Main Street

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