Just as attendees are heading out for Salisbury’s third year hosting the National Folk Festival this weekend, there’s big news about its future.
The festival, which usually runs in a given city for three straight events, will return to Salisbury once again in 2022 for the city’s fourth time as host.
While this year’s event runs Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12, the 81st National Folk Festival will be pushed back to a month, set for Aug. 26-28, 2022.
The National Folk Festival is the nation’s longest-running multicultural celebration of the traditional arts. It seeks collaborative partnerships with communities aspiring to build on this legacy. The search for the 2023 host city, a nationally competitive process, has already begun.
This weekend, the 80th National Folk Festival is being presented with modifications and new safety protocols due to the pandemic. The 81st National Folk Festival in 2022 is set to re-establish areas of the festival that were limited for 2021, including a crafts marketplace, in-person school shows, and other key features that were scaled back due to the pandemic.
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For Salisbury, the new weekend aligns with the end of summer travel and creates an opportunity for the city to have a destination event for its tourism and business communities during this peak season.
In spring 2022, organizers will begin publicizing 81st National Folk Festival performers.