Meet Glenn Arnette, Folkmoot Emcee & Board Member

Though Glenn Arnette is new to Folkmoot, he is already making a large impact on the organization. After first attending the festival three years ago and being fascinated by the performance, he wanted to become more involved. In 2016, he became an emcee and hosted ten shows, including the Gala and the Candlelight Closing. Last year he was also asked to become a member of the board.

Glenn enjoys all the events but his favorites are the Gala because this show creates festival excitement and the Candlelight Closing, which is special simply because of the extravaganza of the evening. He thinks that people should “rediscover Folkmoot because it is an event that changes every year.” Glenn can’t get over the excitement and depth of talent that the festival brings to Western North Carolina.

Board President Bill Cole said, “Glenn has been a fantastic addition to our Folkmoot family.  He became a board member about five months ago and hit the ground running with his participation on our Programs and Events Committee.  A big bonus with having Glenn around has been his background in entertainment.  With his talent and experience as an experienced emcee, Glenn has added a touch of professionalism to all of our major events.”


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Folkmoot 2019 Festival Schedule

Folkmoot 2018 is one month away!

Join us July 18-28 for the 36th edition of North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival!

Folkmoot 2019 includes shows in Waynesville, Clyde, Canton, Lake Junaluska, Cherokee, Asheville, Hendersonville, and Hickory.

Along with our legacy festival, we are introducing several new events, including the Mootenanny, Cherokee World Games and Folkmalt!

Here’s a sneak peak at the schedule:

2019 Festival Schedule (Tickets will go on sale by March 20, 2019)

Thursday, July 18 – Gala on the Green for Friends of Folkmoot

Friday, July 19 – Camp Folkmoot, Queen Auditorium Matinee & Grand Opening at Lake Junaluska Opening with Choir

Saturday, July 20 – Parade of Nations, Many Cultures Day, Haywood Community College

Sunday, July 21 – Appalachian Mootenanny in Waynesville, Hickory International Council 

Monday, July 22 – Cherokee World Games

Tuesday, July 23 – Colonial Theatre in Canton

Wednesday, July 24 – Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville, Diana Wortham in Asheville

Thursday, July 25 – Festival Friendship Dinner, Hazelwood Lantern Parade & Folkmoot After Dark in the Queen Auditorium

Friday, July 26 –  Appalachian Street Dance at the Haywood County Courthouse, Queen Auditorium Matinee, Folkmalt in Canton

Saturday, July 27 – International Day in Downtown Waynesville, Haywood Community College

Sunday, July 28 – Candlelight Closing at Lake Junaluska

Folkmoot is, without question, the Smoky Mountains’ biggest party of the summer!

The full 2019 festival schedule is coming soon!

Please call 828-452-2997 for more information about Folkmoot 2019.