17th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival

"A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage"
in Franklin, North Carolina


2023 Applications (Deadline is June 30, 2023)

The 17th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center.

Applications for Artisan Demonstrations, Arts & Crafts vendors, Food vendors, and Non-Profits are available for download below in PDF format.

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» Artisan Demonstration Application

» Arts & Crafts Vendor Application

» Food Vendor Application

» Non-Profit Application

Thank you for your interest!

If you have further questions, please call (828) 369-4080.



Franklin North Carolina Folk Festival

Festival Contact Information

Phone: 828-369-4080


General Festival Information

Heritage Exhibits

Volunteer Coordinator


Franklin Area Folk Festival Sponsors

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The 17th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival is co-presented by The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center with grateful appreciation to the many volunteers who made it happen!
Thank you to these businesses and organizations for their support:

Southeastern Civilians Living Historians, Cowee Baptist Church, Cowee Volunteer Fire Dept, Macon County Sheriff’s Dept, Macon County EMS, Snowhill UMC, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Windy Gap Baptist Church, Shuler’s Mulch Yard, Macon County Transit, Tony Angel Media, New Century Scholars (Pam Collins), 1st Presbyterian Church – Franklin, Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Center (Keith Bowers), Mitchell Farms, Franklin H. S. FFA, Macon County 4-H & Goat Club, Junaluskee Masonic Lodge & Smoky Mountain Shrine Club, Town of Franklin, Lewis Penland, Macon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and NC DOT.

A very special thank you to the heritage demonstrators who are the heart and soul of this festival!

FHAMC LogoFolk Heritage Association of Macon County

The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) is dedicated to preserving and sharing the culture and folkways of our Southern Appalachian Mountains through "living history" experiences.

In this world of instant gratification and communication, unique and important lessons can be learned from the lives of those whose survival depended on ingenuity, hard work, and mutual help and support from their neighbors.

More About the FHAMC

Cowee School LogoCowee School Arts & Heritage Center

The purpose of Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center is to promote the teaching and preservation of the cultural and artistic heritage of the Southern Appalachians and Cherokee people and to serve as a community resource and gathering place.

The former public school is located in the Cowee-West's Mill National Register Historic District and is among the richest in the nation.

More About Cowee School

A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage

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