Smoky Mountain Folk Festival returns to Lake J

The 43rd annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be Aug. 30-31 at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.


Spectators will be treated by performances from more than 200 mountain dancers and 30 performing groups. Each night will feature open tent shows at 5 p.m. on the lawn and the main stage show from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in the auditorium. Tent shows are free to the public. There will also be a free kids concert outside from 5 to 6 p.m.

Performers include Whitewater Bluegrass Co., Ross Brothers, The Trantham Family, William Ritter, Betty Smith, Mike Pilgram, Mike & Maggie Lowe, Spirit Fiddle, Fines Creek Flatfooters, Nick Hallman, Stoney Creek Boys, Mountain Tradition, J. Creek Cloggers, Fall Creek, Green Valley Cloggers, Joe Penland, Mack Snoderly & Flave Hart, Dixie Darlin’s, Hominy Valley Boys, Laura Boosinger, Bailey Mountain. Cloggers, The Cockman Family, Smoky Mountain Fire-clogging, George & Brooke Buckner, Southern Appalachian Cloggers, Don Pedi, Phil & Gaye Johnson, Appalachian Mountaineers, Ann & Phil Case, Green Grass Cloggers, Roger Howell, Southern Mountain Smoke, Paul’s Creek, Carolina Country Cloggers, and others.

Main show tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance, with children under 12 admitted free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville or the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska.

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