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 - 5 pm with ongoing live performances on the outdoor stage. The Ballad and Story Swap is 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Community Dance is 5:30 - 7:30.

Admission to the daytime performances is free.

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Mars Hill University, Leila Weinstein

College Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

(828) 689-1115

Updated July 26, 2019