National Folk Festival planning virtual event

The National Folk Festival is planning a virtual celebration on the weekend of Sept. 12-13. The longest-running multicultural celebration of the finest folk and traditional artists in the United States, each year the National features over 350 artists — musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople — with more than 35 different groups performing on the festival’s […]

One On One, Sept. 3, 2020: NFF to hold online event

National Folk Festival director Caroline O’Hare reveals the acts and performance schedule for this weekend’s virtual event of our favorite fall activity.

Folk Festival plans virtual celebration Sept. 12-13

The National Folk Festival is planning a virtual celebration on the weekend of Sept. 12-13. The longest-running multicultural celebration of the finest folk and traditional artists in the United States, each year the National features over 350 artists — musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople — with more than 35 different groups performing on the festival’s […]

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 […]