Programs and Events:

From silly to serious, educational to entertaining, Folkmoot offers year-round events, programs, and activities designed to build community and change lives through cultural engagement.

Sharing Dance.  Music.  Conversation.  Friendship dinners.  Family fun programs.  Storytelling.  Yep, we share – through culture, with opportunities to get to know each other, in important ways that increase inclusivity and acceptance.  We share our world with the world, and the world shares back with us.  It is a beautiful thing.

Cultural Conversations:  Through support from Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Western Carolina University and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot has taken a leadership role in the serious business of gathering people – folks like us, and folks who are “different” from us – and offering the chance to get to know each other, to consider different points of view, to explore difference and ultimately, to discover common ground and learn that we are so much more alike than we had ever thought. If your group is interested in a facilitated study circle on Cultural Conversations, please email angie(at) or call 828-452-2997.

Seasonal Events:  Doing anything special for Halloween?  Why not be “treated” at Folkmoot’s Spookmoot.  It’s one of our newest events and a real family-pleaser.  Watch our calendar for additional seasonal events.

Friendship Dinners:  There are few better ways to get to know folks than over a meal, especially if that meal is rich in its flavors, its history, its family traditions (and recipes), passed along generation after generation.  Folkmoot and community partners offer friendship dinners throughout the year; most are held at the Folkmoot Friendship Center but some are held at partnering restaurants. Every month of the year. Join us.

Partnering Events:  Folkmoot is all about community building, so it stands to reason that partnerships are important to us:  partnerships allow us to stretch the budget, create important outreach, make new friends, and reach new audiences. With 40,000 square feet of Friendship Center, we have room for partners!

Camp Folkmoot:
During the Festival, dancers of all ages and abilities who are inspired by folk dance and live music can learn international folk dance with performers from around the globe. Learn basic concepts and movements, gain an appreciation of the similarities and differences between cultures, and hear the timeless, captivating stories behind the dances of each international group.