Festival Blog

May 22, 2023

Volunteer shifts open for 2023 MD Folk Fest

The Maryland Folk Festival is seeking more than 750 volunteers, and registration is open now.  Volunteers will be asked to attend an orientation session the Wednesday before the festival, and training sessions will be provided if necessary for the role. Along with a sense of community pride, each volunteer will receive a Maryland Folk Festival volunteer T-shirt, and students can...

March 7, 2023

FOOD VENDOR APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 2023 Maryland Folk Festival

The Maryland Folk Festival features a variety of regional and ethnic foods, as well as classic festival fare, that will take diners on a culinary journey around the Delmarva, America and the world, with choices to please every palate. The diversity of selections will include unique regional dishes such as the Chesapeake’s famed crabcake sandwich, and delicious specialties from the...

February 1, 2023

Be Part of the 2023 Maryland Folk Festival Marketplace

Are you an artist or craftsperson looking to showcase your work? Then look no further than the Maryland Folk Festival Marketplace! The Festival Marketplace will offer festivalgoers the opportunity to purchase the juried, handmade creations of artists and craftspeople from the State of Maryland and surrounding region. Whether your style is deeply traditional or a more contemporary artistic expression, this...

January 23, 2023

Perdue Farms Named Presenting Sponsor of 2023 Maryland Folk Festival

It’s official: the Maryland Folk Festival, a free, large scale, 3-day celebration of the arts, has announced the Presenting Sponsor for the 2023 event — Perdue Farms. The festival will take place here September 22-24, 2023 and will feature hundreds of the nation’s finest musicians, dancers, and tradition bearers. The Maryland Folk Festival is dedicated to creating unique experiences of...

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...

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