The National Folk Festival, described as a “movable feast of traditional folk arts,” is coming to Butte for a three-year stint. The nation’s oldest multicultural folk festival will take place this year in Butte’s historic Original Mineyard from July 11-13.
The huge event is free to the public and celebrates the richness and variety of American food, stories, music, and dance. Music fans can enjoy an amazing array of artists performing authentic blues, gospel, jazz, polka, cowboy, bluegrass, klezmer, Cajun, rhythm and blues, mariachi, western swing and Zydeco.
There will be continuous performances on seven stages celebrating the Native American, Celtic, Acadian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, East Asian, Appalachian, Hispanic, Eastern European, African and Pacific Island cultures.
Each festival also celebrates its own regional traditions and heritage. Montana will be represented by artisans known for silver working, saddle making, blacksmithing, cowboy poetry, quilting, instrument making, woodcarving, American Indian beadwork and more.
This is the first time in more than 40 years that the festival has been held west of the Mississippi and is the first time it’s ever been held in Montana.
National Folk Festival