Arts Council presents ArtFest during Folkmoot

Jul 16, 2014
Performers with the western Slovakia dance group, Zobor, from the Slovak Agriculture University, perform at last years' International Festival Day.

WHO: Haywood County Arts Council

WHAT: ArtFest

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19

WHERE: Main Street, Waynesville


The Haywood County Arts Council will host the upcoming ArtFest (formerly called International Festival Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19, in downtown Waynesville.

More than 95 artists representing a full range of media will demonstrate and sell artwork. This festival is one of the arts council’s largest events of the year and it happens to coincide with the first weekend of Folkmoot, to give the attendees a chance to see a couple of guest performances from the international dance groups. This year, Folkmoot will bring three international dance groups to perform on stage and four more groups to be on the street.

When visitors come to attend ArtFest, they will experience everything that they experienced at International Festival Day and more — only the name has been simplified. It is the same vibrant festival full of life, art, food and music. Children can also enjoy the “Passport to the Arts” section where they will get to work with professionals to create intriguing craft projects.

Come and “meet the world” on Waynesville’s Main Street as regional and international artists, food vendors, Folkmoot USA dancers, regional musicians and festival goers totaling 12,000-15,000 converge on downtown. By supporting your local arts council, you are raising the level of cultural arts for the entire community.

The arts council looks forward to working with other local organizations, like Folkmoot, throughout the year to add to the cultural vitality of Haywood County.

For more information on the Haywood County Arts Council or to determine whether vendor spaces are still available, please visit