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Fayetteville Arts Counci

Fayetteville, NC, has a rich and long history of celebrating its multicultural population. Years ago, a group of forward-thinking citizens got together to create the International Folk Festival as a celebration of our diversity. Now in its 32nd year, the International Folk Festival is produced by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County as an admission-free, weekend-long celebration offering music, food, dance and crafts from around the world!

Here are the highlights:

Friday, Sept. 24
Fourth Friday, 7-9 p.m. Arts Council building, 301 Hay St.
Cultural Expressions Invitational Art Show featuring unique impressions of culture through art, artifacts, handmade crafts, textiles, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media. Morris Cardenas & the Borderland Trio perform. Refreshments.

Arts Alive, 6-10 p.m. on Maxwell St.
Live entertainment and artists selling/demonstrating work. The Panamanian dance group Conjunto Típico Raíces Istmeñas will give visitors to Arts Alive a preview of their performance scheduled for later in the weekend at Festival Park.

Saturday, Sept. 25
Parade of Nations, 11 a.m. on Hay St.
All the pageantry and color of the world right here in our community.

International Folk Festival Noon-8 p.m. Festival Park
Enjoy live entertainment on five stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts, children’s area, Native American Cultural Showcase and more!

Sunday, Sept. 26
International Folk Festival Noon-6 p.m. Festival Park
The fun continues! Live entertainment, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts, children’s area and more!

For a festival map and more information, visit