Salisbury postpones National Folk Festival to ’21

Officials with the National Folk Festival announced Wednesday they are postponing this year’s event due to the coronavirus pandemic which has shut down much of the state and the country. In a joint statement, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and Lora Bottinelli, Executive Director, of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, said the event has […]

First 8 performance acts named for Folk Festival

The first eight performers signed for this year’s National Folk Festival will bring a wide range of musical styles when the 80th annual festival returns to Downtown the weekend of Sept. 11-13, Tango from Argentina will mix with Sri Lankan dance, traditional music from Ireland and Greece, and American cowboy, blues and jazz at the […]

Day briefs county on festival economic performance

This year’s National Folk Festival had a $45 million total economic impact on the area and drew 153,911 unique visitors to the event, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day told Wicomico County Council members on Tuesday. “That’s a good weekend in our community,” he said. The recently released economic impact numbers are from a study by the […]

Lora Bottinelli: National Folk Festival — Why we do it

As we enjoy the rewards and returns from the National Folk Festival, I want to share some reflections with the Salisbury community on why we do this work in the first place. While the images of Salisbury’s packed streets and restaurants, and news of great event income on food, beverage, and merchandise sales, are very […]

Culver defends letter on Folk Festival alcohol permit

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said Monday that he enjoyed attending this year’s National Folk Festival, has a friendly relationship with Salisbury’s mayor, and that he was only trying to protect local decision-making authority when he wrote that a top-ranking state official had committed an “unlawful action” regarding the event. In a 75-minute news conference […]

Brouhaha erupts over Folk Festival license process

County Executive Bob Culver is expected on Monday to publicly explain his intentions when he dispatched a letter to Maryland’s top legislative leader challenging the State Comptroller’s decision to grant a beer and wine license to the just-held National Folk Festival. In his Aug. 27 letter to state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., […]

Record crowds recorded for National Folk Festival

Blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s evidently were the secret to a significant boost in attendance at the National Folk Festival over the past weekend. The weekend total of 153,911 people far exceeded the hoped-for number of 120,000, and was more than double last year’s attendance. “Obviously there was a lot of stress […]

All eyes on Downtown as Folk Festival kickoff arrives

Salisbury is getting ready for the second year as host city to the National Folk Festival, and city officials have high hopes it will exceed last year in terms of attendance and economic impact. The festival opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 9. All eyes are on the […]

Rain expected to depart in time to begin Folk Festival

It’s raining this morning in Salisbury, but the wet weather is expected to be gone by 3 p.m. The National Folk Festival officially begins at 6 p.m. this evening in Downtown Salisbury on the Community Stage on North Division Street. Guitarist Bill Kirchen will appear with a public parade beginning at 6:45 and proceeding to […]

National Folk Festival Guide will help you navigate event

In just a week’s time they’ll be here: musical performers, storytellers, singers, dancers, craftspeople and the passers-on of folklife traditions. The 79th National Folk Festival begins one week from Friday in Downtown Salisbury. Joining the hundreds of performers will be thousands of fans, spectators and observers. In this week’s edition of the Salisbury Independent — […]