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The North Carolina Folk Festival

Looking for a place to stay during the North Carolina Folk Festival Greensboro, North Carolina? We invite you to stay with us at the Proximity Hotel or our sister O.Henry Hotel in Greensboro. Both are just three miles away from downtown Greensboro!  We also have the local’s favorite restaurants and bars in town, plus plenty of amenities including complimentary scheduled transportation to the festival when you book our NC Folk Festival Package!

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NC Folk Festival Hotel Package

The NC Folk Festival is the real deal! 300+ performances from a multitude of artists and genres. Consider staying at Proximity Hotel with our Folk Festival Package and we’ll ferry you to and from festival venues downtown, as well as give you a $30 amenity voucher (one per night) to use at Print Works Bistro, Green Valley Grill or Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen. Available September 7, 8 and 9, 2018. $269 per night plus tax and gratuities. Book online or call 336-379-8200.

NC Folk Festival Hotels

Proximity Hotel

Loft King Guest Room

Experience the NC Folk Festival in Greensboro and don’t worry about a thing! Stay just three miles away from downtown Greensboro in sustainable style at the LEED Platinum Proximity Hotel. As part of their Folk Festival Package, Proximity porter’s offer scheduled transportation to-and-from the downtown venues in one of their nifty livery vehicles, as well as give you a $30 amenity voucher (one per night) to use at Print Works Bistro, Green Valley Grill or Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen. Unwind after a long day in a modern, loft-like guestroom with warm relaxed surroundings including custom furnishings, original art by artist-in-residence and AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel features that include complimentary rental bikes for near-by trails and infinity pool with underwater speakers. The next morning, enjoy a leisurely brunch at Print Works Bistro before you head back to the festival.

O.Henry Hotel

Experience the NC Folk Festival in Greensboro and don’t worry about a thing! Stay just three miles away from downtown Greensboro and check into a relaxing and inviting guestroom at O.Henry Hotel after a long day of festival action. Experience our attentive staff, custom-designed, finely crafted furnishings and AAA Four Diamond amenities, including an extraordinarily comfortable Magi bed for a great night’s sleep, large soaking tub, afternoon tea or inviting pool. As part of their Folk Festival Package, O.Henry Hotel offers scheduled transportation to-and-from downtown venues in one of their nifty livery vehicles, as well as give you a $30 amenity voucher (one per night) to use at Green Valley Grill. Enjoy craft cocktails at their lively bar or seasonal tapas as you listen to Saturday night jazz in the Social Lobby. The next morning, wake up to a complimentary hot Southern-style breakfast buffet and head back down to the festival for another day of music or stay and relax.

ABOUT the North Carolina Folk Festival

Make your plans now to join us in the heartland of North Carolina for the National Folk Festival – one of America’s most prestigious and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage. Best of all, this three-day celebration is FREE! No tickets needed!

The site for the North Carolina Folk Festival is in downtown Greensboro, and partially within Greensboro’s vibrant Elm Street district. A mix of open air and tented sites provide a variety of performance venues ranging from intimate stages to amphitheater size.

With 30+ groups performing on seven stages, as well as North Carolina Folklife Area, Family Activities Area, North Carolina Arts Marketplace, and Festival Food Courts, the National Folk Festival offers a jubilant array of experiences for all ages.

The North Carolina Folk Festival features performances and demonstrations by the finest musicians, dancers, and craftspeople – with performing groups on multiple stages including a dance pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing, and a family stage with performances appealing to both the young and young-at-heart.  A mix of open air and tented sites will provide a variety of performance venues ranging from intimate stages to amphitheater size. In addition to the performance stages, the Festival also hosts a Family Activities Area, the North Carolina Arts Marketplace, and the Festival Food Courts

Greensboro’s own unique story and rich, multicultural heritage—from the pacifist traditions of its 17th-century Quaker founders to the brave college students who initiated the country’s Civil Rights’ Sit-In Movement at a downtown Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960.

HISTORY

The North Carolina Folk Festival is a legacy event of the National Folk Festival which was hosted in Greensboro from 2015 – 2017.

Building on the foundation of its predecessor event, the North Carolina Folk Festival will continue to be a FREE outdoor annual event that celebrates and showcases the cultural roots and traditions of communities across our state, nation, and the world.

Background on the National Folk Festival:

An exuberant traveling festival that celebrates the diverse cultural expressions of 21st-century Americans, the National Folk Festival is produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) in partnership with communities around the country. In 2017, the National celebrated its 77th anniversary in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National has celebrated the roots, richness, and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Festival was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races, and languages on equal footing. Some of the artists presented at the first festival are now legendary and the recordings and other documentation made possible by the National are precious.  “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy’s first performance on a desegregated stage was at the 1938 National. It was also the first to present to the public musical forms such as the blues, Cajun music, polka bands, Tex-Mex conjunto, Peking Opera, and many others.

The National’s three-year stay in each host city is intended to lay the groundwork for a sustainable, locally produced festival that continues after it moves on. Including Greensboro—where the Festival will be in residence from 2015 through 2017—the National Folk Festival has been presented in 28 cities. Musicians and craftspeople from every state and most U.S. territories have participated in this “moveable feast of deeply traditional folk arts.” Presented to audiences free of charge over three days, National Folk Festivals have drawn audiences of 100,000 to 175,000 annually since 1987.

Click here for the complete NC Folk Festival Schedule.

Performers

Music and dance traditions from every part of the nation are represented, performed by the country’s very finest traditional artists. Audiences are treated to authentic blues, rockabilly, gospel, jazz, polka, tamburitza, cowboy, bluegrass, klezmer, old-time, Cajun, rhythm and blues, mariachi, western swing, honky-tonk and zydeco, as well as traditional music and dance from Native American, Celtic, Acadian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, East Asian, Appalachian, Latin American, Eastern European, African, and Pacific Island cultures, among others.

Click for the complete line-up of NC Folk Festival Performers.

Restaurants near the festival

Print Works Bistro Bar at Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, NC

Print Works Bistro

Print Works Bistro, adjacent to Proximity Hotel, uses fresh local ingredients to create extraordinary flavors and creative comfort foods. Enjoy traditional and modern versions of classic dishes popular in European-French bistros at this restaurant adjacent to the LEED Platinum, eco-green Proximity Hotel. The vibrant dining room has walls of windows overlooking the gardens, with outdoor dining on a lovely creekside terrace. Dance the night away on Friday, September 7 with our First Friday’s Pop-Up Dance Club from 10 PM- 1 AM!

Green Valley Grill

Visit Green Valley Grill, adjacent to the O.Henry Hotel, and enjoy informally elegant fine dining and seasonal food using old-world European culinary sensibilities and Mediterranean flavors. GVG’s wine list receives the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence each year and features 75 wines by the glass. The freshest food prepared by a passionate team, and served by friendly and competent people, is our recipe for a great dining experience.