The National Folk Festival Is Back In North Carolina For One Last Year

The National Folk Festival Is Back In North Carolina For One Last Year

31st Aug 2017 Community

Mark your calendar for the biggest party in town – the 77th National Folk Festival, running September 8-10, 2017 in downtown Greensboro!

Festival attendees enjoying the music!

Don’t miss the opportunity to join us for the final year of the National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest and longest-running celebrations of music, art, culture, and heritage. The best part? This three-day celebration is FREE to attend!

More than 300 performers and artists from all across the nation—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the large-scale, three-day outdoor festival, with more than 50 different acts performing across seven outdoor stages throughout downtown Greensboro.

The celebration will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening with a performance by New Orleans’ legendary Tremé Brass Band.  The band will start on the Wrangler stage and join the crowd for the festival’s traditional opening parade through downtown. Bring your Mardi Gras beads and your colorful

Woman dressed in traditional Bahamas Junkanoo

umbrella and join in on the fun!

To accompany the above artists, the National Folk Festival will feature a variety of savory, southern dishes and ethnic foods as well as classic festival fare that will take diners on a culinary journey around North Carolina, America, and the world. On tap at the festival will be beer by Foothills and Natty Greene’s, cider by Bull City Ciderworks, and wine by Noble Vines and Bota Box.

Based on the success of the National Folk Festival, organizers are planning a legacy North Carolina Folk Festival which will take place September 7-9, 2018 in downtown Greensboro. Check NCFolkFestival.com over the coming months for updates.

To view the full 2017 festival performance schedule, learn more about the artists, explore the food and

Tap Dancer at LeBauer Park

marketplace vendors, and other event information please visit nationalfolkfestival.com.

You can stay connected to the event on Facebook (facebook.com/NationalFolkFestivalNC), Twitter (twitter.com/NtlFolkFestNC), Instagram (instagram.com/nationalfolkfestnc), and on the National Folk Festival/17DAYS app (https://admin.myeventapps.com/artsgreensboro/downloads).

 

Downtown Greensboro’s New Addition

Downtown Greensboro’s New Addition

26th Aug 2016 (Y)our Greensboro, Community

By: Cedric Blue II

August 8, 2016 marked the beginning of a new era in downtown Greensboro. The first to be completed in a series of major construction projects changing the face of downtown Greensboro, LeBauer Park opened to the public with one of the largest group ribbon cuttings that I have ever witnessed. That diverse crowd of excited locals simultaneously cutting the ribbon would foreshadow one of the most dynamic and important features of the park; its ability to bring people together.

Where We Met- from belwo

      Where We Met- the view from below

Art lovers will tell you how gorgeous the Janet Echelman sculpture “Where We Met” is when it is lit at night above the Price/Bryan Performance Place. Kids are prone to gush over the Children’s Garden and its innovative features that make it one of the most unique play spaces in the county. And dog lovers will tell you what a welcome addition the Downtown Greensboro Animal Hospital Dog Park is to the area. However, the most impressive aspect of LeBauer to me is its patronage.

As a born and raised Greensboro local I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the crowds flocking to the park daily are some of the most diverse that I have ever seen at a public meeting space in Greensboro. People of all ages, races, and walks of life not only share the space but interact with one another on many different levels.

All of this has given me so much more context for the park’s artistic centerpiece, “Where We Met.” Echelman’s interpretation of the converging NC rail lines that gave us the nickname “The Gate City” is a macro concept happening on a micro level right now in Greensboro at LeBauer Park. Not even two weeks old, the park is one of the strongest points of convergence in Greensboro. It is my sincere hope that this sense of unity and camaraderie continues to flourish in the park and carries on to the different other projects being completed downtown in the coming years.

And by the way, if for some unthinkable reason you’re not impressed thus far, keep your eyes on the park this winter. Chatter on the line has it that there’s a strong chance of snow…..

 

 

 

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