The international festivals listed below represent a network of folk dance festivals in the United States and a few elsewhere in the world. Each festival invites performance groups from throughout the world that represent their traditional music, dance, and culture. There are also many quality folk festivals existing in other countries which can be accessed through the C.I.O.F.F. organization. (

The following festivals are listed in order of calendar date. Most festivals are annual so if the date you see is past, assume that the following year it will be at approximately the same time and check their website.

By definition, festivals are less participatory and more performance-oriented. See Workshops and Camps
if you are looking for a participatory dance event.

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Mid-April to early May
(April 17 – May 1 in 2016)

Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri
First weekend in May
(May 5-8 in 2016)
Saint Paul RiverCentre
Saint Paul, Minnesota 

Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30 in 2016)
Northwest Folklife Festival
Seattle, Washington

Last two weeks of July (July 21 – 31 in 2016)
112 Virginia Avenue
Post Office Box 658
Waynesville, NC 28786
In July (July 11-18 in 2016)
IDAHO SUMMERFEST in Rexburg, Idaho
June-October of each year

(first presented in 1934 and the oldest multicultural festival in the nation)
Centered in Nashville, Tennessee, but partner festivals take place throughout the East Coast.
For information, contact
End of July (July 27-August 1 in 2015)
Springville World Folkfest
P.O. Box 306
Springville, UT 84663
November (November 20-22 in 2015)
HOLIDAY FOLK FAIR, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You can find a very complete and updated list of nearly every music and dance festival in the United States at

Two more site for festivals worldwide are: www.FolkloreFestivals.Com or

For more information on International Festival go to

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