The Arts Council’s 37th International Folk Festival – Sept. 25-27, 2015

“When we dance in the streets, we dance together, regardless of color, race, status, enjoying ourselves and sharing a love for great music, food and fun!”

Trinidad poet

Buy your tickets now
for the Festival’s 50/50 Raffle

Tickets for sale at the Arts Council (301 Hay Street).
Last year’s winner took home over $1,800!

2015 International Folk Festival Photography Contest

Grab your camera and spend the day (or two!) capturing what makes the festival Fayetteville’s signature event.

Stayed tuned for more information on this contest!

Are you an arts/crafts vendor?

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Click the image below for Hotel and Visitor Information at the Fayetteville Area Visitors and Convention Bureau


The 37th International Folk Festival is presented by the Arts Council
and was sponsored in part by The Fayetteville Observer and other fine sponsors
(Scroll down for all of 2015’s generous partners.)

Travel around the world in one weekend — without even leaving downtown Fayetteville! Celebrate our community’s cultural diversity with music and dance, arts and crafts and international food. 
Welcome to the neighborhood!

37th International Folk Festival schedule:

Friday, Sept. 25
4th Friday, Downtown Fayetteville
Arts Council building (301 Hay St.), 7 to 9 p.m.

Folks of all ages get a taste of Fayetteville’s arts and cultural offerings, from gallery openings to artist performances.

Saturday, Sept. 26
Parade of Nations, Hay Street, 10:30 a.m.
See all the pageantry and customs of our diverse community during the Parade of Nations

Festival Park, Noon to 6 p.m.
Live performances on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, Native American Cultural Showcase


Sunday, Sept. 27
Festival Park, Noon to 6 p.m.
The fun continues with live performances on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, Native American Cultural Showcase.




If you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s festival, click here to download a volunteer application and e-mail

History of the Folk Festival:


Fayetteville has a rich and long history of celebrating its multicultural population. Years ago, a group of forward thinking citizens got together to create the International Folk Festival as a celebration of our diversity. Now approaching its 37th year, the International Folk Festival has become a weekend-long celebration.

The International Folk Festival was created to celebrate the richness of the diverse cultural roots of our community. By showcasing historic artistic customs and traditions of a culture, the festival strives to foster an appreciation of our diversity while preserving the historical and traditional art forms that infuse a culture with its specific identity. The purpose and scope of the festival is to present the arts and creative expression of all of our community’s ethnic and cultural groups with a professional approach. Click here for complete information on the festival’s mission and participation requirements.

Click here for photos from past festivals

Click here for information on IFF 2014

The September 2015 festival is FREE, thanks to these sponsors (Click on logos to learn more about the sponsors. Be sure to thank them for their generous support!):






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If you are interested in corporate sponsorship of the 37th International Folk Festival, contact UniQue Webster, the Arts Council’s Director of Development, at (910) 323-1776 or

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