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Lunsford Festival – Mars Hill, NC

5:30-7:30 PM - Community Square Dance

The Lunsford Festival is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second oldest folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of cofounder Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Lunsford was a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Through his work he became known as the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 51st year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers.  Join us in honoring the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians!

10:00-5:00: Concert on the Upper Quad
1:00-2:00: Fiddle, Banjo, and Guitar Workshops
1:30-3:30: Ballad Swap, Peterson
2:30-3:45: Open Jam, Anderson Amphitheatre
5:30-7:30: Community Dance, Chambers Gym

For more information, please contact Leila Weinstein at (828) 689-1115 or

Earlier Event: October 3
Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC
Later Event: November 9
Dare To Be Square – Portland, Oregon