41st International Folk Festival

Fayetteville, NC. Sept. 28 and 29 2019

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Join us in Downtown Fayetteville and Festival Park for the 41st International Folk Festival September 28-29, 2019

On Saturday at 10:30 am, the Parade of Nations commences followed by seven cultural performance areas, arts and craft vendors, Rockplosion! The Ultimate Tribute Band and the International Café. The festival continues in its entirety on Sunday, September 29th with Praise in the Park concert beginning at 1 pm with praise and worship dance groups and ground breaking Fayetteville native choirs with a culminating headlining performance by powerhouse vocalist Yael Hilton at 7 pm

The Art Council’s International Folk Festival celebrates the beauty of cultural unity and diversity in the community. Now approaching its 41st year, IFF has become a staple in the community, the longest standing family festival in the region, attracting more than 100,000 visitors with more than 30 cultures sharing music, dance, food and crafts!




41st Annual International Folk Festival featuring Rocksplosion! The Ultimate Tribute Show and Praise in the Park.



plus, seven performance areas throughout the festival's footprint - bringing the excitement off- stage and into the crowd!



IFF is the stage where families, neighbors and visitors celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and cuisine.

Join the Festival!

NEW!! Rocksplosion! The Ultimate Tribute Show takes the concept of tribute shows to a new level with top tribute performances of today's rock stars from the 60's through present days. Praise in the Park concert celebrating the deep rooted cultural traditions of the Southern faith community. Join the fun as a cultural participant, vendor, sponsor or volunteer!

Parade of Nations
Cultural Groups

The strength of the festival is due, in large part, to the Cultural Groups who take such pride in representing their cultural heritage. Through parade participation, stage performances, arts and craft booths and participation in the International Café our neighbors welcome the entire community to experience their culture up-close.

Learn how you can participate in the parade, HERE!
Arts and Craft

Sell your arts and crafts -- and have an opportunity to win prizes! Take part in our community's the largest celebration of arts and culture during the Arts Council's International Folk Festival. There will be a juried contest with cash awards totaling $1,000 for best original handmade art or craft items being sold. Exhibitors are encouraged to demonstrate their art or craft. Click HERE for the artisan and crafters application and guidelines. Deadline: August 30, 2019
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Commercial Vendors

Are you a commercial food or merchandise vendor? Here's the guidelines and application for you, too! Click HERE Deadline: August 30, 2019
Become a Sponsor

Your contribution will help improve people’s lives in extraordinary ways, such as meaningful educational programs in our schools as well as ensuring free access to vital programs that preserve and enhance the cultural fabric of our community.

The International Folk Festival offers a number of select sponsorship opportunities and benefits. The Arts Council will work with you to develop a branded suite of promotional assets that can be tracked and shared across media platforms.

You’re in good company!

Contact UniQue Webster, the Arts Council’s Director, Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, at (910) 323-1776 or uniquew@theartscouncil.com or Tom Lee, Manager of Corporate Relations at toml@theartscouncil.com.
Join the Fun

From set-up to break down, behind the scenes and on stage, volunteers are needed throughout the festival planning and the event itself. Volunteer needs include welcoming visitors, selling drinks, assisting artists and vendors to keep everything moving safely and efficiently. Volunteer for just a few hours or help all day.

Everyone age 16 years and older is welcome (and needed!) to participate in this most exciting event! (Please note: if you are under 16 years old you may still participate, but you will need to be accompanied by an adult.)

Come be a part of the fun this year! Click HERE to download a volunteer application and e-mail volunteers@theartscouncil.com


This year enjoy explosive cultural performances, the Parade of Nations, live performances, authentic cuisine, arts and crafts vendors and Rocksplosion! The Ultimate Tribute Show

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    Rocksplosion! The Ultimate Tribute Show

    The International Folk Festival will bring in tribute artists and bands to include John Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffet, Madonna, and Tina Turner

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    ATOM World's Fastest Painter

    The famed Los Angeles street performer will be painting his amazing futuristic landscapes with only spray paint and a knife.

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    Praise in the Park Concert

    The night culminates with a ground-breaking headline performance by Fayetteville's very own gospel sensation Yael Hilton.

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    Lucky Pocket

    Lucky Pocket is a dynamic five-piece band based out of Greensboro, NC that feeds on a diet of funk, soul, and rock!

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    Seven Performance Areas

    Seven performance areas throughout the festival's footprint - bringing the excitement off- stage and into the crowd!

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    Cultural Experiences

    The culturalline areas will include cultural performances from international cultural groups.

NEW this year: seven interactive performance areas, bringing the excitement off the stage and into the crowd!

Our Sponsors

IFF has an intrinsic value in shaping the community, rooted and focused on presenting the variety of unique and original artistic traditions of various cultures. IFF is held at Festival Park, the crown jewel of downtown Fayetteville (in Cumberland County).



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The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County (North Carolina) was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the Arts Council administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts.


The Arts Council,
301 Hay Street,
Fayetteville, NC


910 323-1776 ext 111

910 323-1776 ext 242

910 323-1776 ext 243