After taking a year off in the world of Zoom, the 2021 North Carolina Folk Festival is going to be back in downtown Greensboro.
The NC Folk Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 12 with Del McCoury and his band performing on opening night.
Del McCoury has 14 Grammy nominations and won Best Bluegrass Album in 2013 and 2005.
Announcements about additional performers and event details will be provided in the coming weeks.
President and CEO of the NC Folk Festival Amy Grossmann said, “After a successful pivot to a virtual event in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to be able to return to hosting an in-person festival in downtown Greensboro that will provide a welcoming, celebratory environment for all members of our Greensboro and North Carolina community to enjoy.”
Grossmann added, “Thanks to the support of our presenting sponsor, Townebank, and our close partnerships with Guilford County and the City of Greensboro, we will present a festival that our performers, staff, supporters and audiences will be able to safely enjoy.”
The last in-person NC Folk Festival in 2019 attracted over 156,000 people to downtown Greensboro, making it one of the fastest growing destination events in the Southeast.
The first NC Folk Festival was held in Greensboro in 2018 following the National Folk Festival, which was held in Greensboro 2015, 2016 and 2017. The goal of the National Folk Festival is to spawn regional folk festivals, like the NC Folk Festival in Greensboro.
The NC Folk Festival features performing groups representing a diverse array of cultural traditions from around the world on multiple stages throughout the weekend.
Along with continuous performances, there will also be a NC Folklife area featuring demonstrations, an interactive family area, a makers marketplace and regional and ethnic food.