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November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

With love and thanks from our family to yours.

September 15, 2022

81st National Folk Festival Comes to a Close

The City of Salisbury and the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) are proud to announce the final attendance estimates for the multi-year residency of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD. Through five years of partnership from 2018 to 2022, including four in-person presentations of the festival, more than 400,000 people visited Downtown Salisbury to attend the event....

August 8, 2022

Delmarva Public Media to Broadcast Live from the 81st National Folk Festival

Delmarva Public Media will once again broadcast live from the TidalHealth Stage all three days of the National Folk Festival on stations WSDL 90.7 and WESM 91.3. This invaluable service enables fans of the festival who are unable to attend in person to tune-in on their radios, or online at Since the first year of the National Folk Festival...

July 29, 2022

Artisans Selected for Festival Marketplace

The 81st National Folk Festival is pleased to announce the talented artisans and craftspeople who will be featured in the festival’s juried Marketplace in 2022. Generously supported by the Perdue Family, the Festival Marketplace will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase handmade creations from 26 of the finest artists and craftspeople from Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula. It will include both deeply traditional crafts and...

July 20, 2022

81st NFF Performance Schedule and Map are here!

Today festival organizers released the full performance schedule for the 81st National Folk Festival. Additionally, the festival map has also been revealed. Make your plans now to attend the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, August 26-28, 2022; featuring nonstop music, dance, Maryland folklife programming, family activities, street performances, a juried marketplace, diverse food and beverage offerings, and more, the festival...

June 28, 2022

Family Area Activities & Street Performers are back!

Family fun returns this year to the 81st National Folk Festival, August 26-28, 2022, in Downtown Salisbury, MD. This special interactive area features hands-on crafts, quiet games and active games, and other creative learning activities for young audiences and their families. The Family Area will also feature a variety of street performances sure to delight festivalgoers of all ages. This...

June 14, 2022

Maryland At Work

Today, the 81st National Folk Festival announced the Maryland Traditions Folklife Area & Stage program, sharing details about the performers, craftspeople, and demonstrators who will be featured in this special area of the festival in 2022. The National Folk Festival is returning to Downtown Salisbury on a new weekend, August 26-28, 2022, for the final year of the event’s residency on Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore....

May 17, 2022

More Performers Announced for 81st National Folk Festival 

The 81st National Folk Festival is excited to reveal several more performers who will be sure to enchant and delight attendees in Downtown Salisbury, MD, this August 26-28, 2022. This year’s festival will mark the final year of the event’s residency. In 2023, the festival will transition to the Maryland Folk Festival in Salisbury. Approximately 350 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and...

April 5, 2022

Next Five Performers Revealed

The National Folk Festival has announced the next five artists who will perform live and for free in Downtown Salisbury, August 26-28, 2022. The festival strives to present the nation’s very finest traditional artists. Music and dance traditions from every part of the country are represented. The five artists announced today include: Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy (Houston, Texas) –...

March 1, 2022

First Six Performers Announced for 81st National Folk Festival

SALISBURY, MD (March 1, 2022) – Today the National Folk Festival revealed the first six performers who will take the stage in Downtown Salisbury, August 26-28, 2022. The 81st National Folk Festival in 2022 moves to a new weekend in August and marks the final year of the event’s residency. In 2023, the festival will transition to the Maryland Folk...

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