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Salisbury Announces National Folk Festival for 2018

On June 5, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day announced that the city will be hosting the National Folk Festival from 2018-2020. Salisbury was selected by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) from a field of 34 cities across the nation and will be the 29th city to host the prestigious event since its inception in 1934. The event, which travels to a new city every three years, will be free to attend and is expected to draw more than 150,000 revelers to downtown Salisbury.

In conjunction with the National Folk Festival, MSAC’s Maryland Traditions will be moving their Maryland Folklife Festival to Salisbury as a part of the national celebration. “We at Maryland Traditions are thrilled this National Folk Festival is coming to Salisbury,” said Chad Butterbaugh, program director, Maryland Traditions. “By relocating our Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival to join the National Festival in Salisbury for the next three years, we’ll be able to present Maryland’s folklife practitioners to much larger audiences.”