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Sep 07Sep 09 , 2018

Downtown Salisbury

The 78th National Folk Festival will be held in downtown Salisbury, September 7-9, beginning a three-year partnership with the city.

A free, large-scale three-day outdoor event, the National Folk Festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It features over 350 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople and other keepers of culture in performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory regional and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more.

The Maryland Traditions Folklife Area & Stage is devoted to celebrating the rich, living traditions of Maryland—from its Appalachian Mountains to its Atlantic beaches, with a different theme each year. Performances, demonstrations, displays, exhibits, and narrative presentations by Maryland masters and artisans will express both the state’s deep history and its evolving character.

Chesapeake Traditions is the theme of the 2018 Maryland Traditions Folklife Area program. Curated by Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Chesapeake Traditions will explore the region’s rich material, occupational, sacred and musical traditions, which have flourished in Maryland for generations, and will feature approximately 20 artists, 16 performers and craftspeople from the Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Awards program. “The National Folk Festival is the best possible showcase for artists who are inspired by, and respond to, creative energies that operate on a cellular level,” said Director Ken Skrzesz, Director, MSAC.
(source: Chesapeake Traditions at the National Folk Festival )

Days & Times

  • Friday, September 7th, 6 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 8th, 12 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Sunday, September 9th, 12 pm - 6:30 pm