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5th Annual Foothills Folk Art Festival

  • Presented By: Downtown Newton Development Association
  • Dates: May 14, 2022
  • Downtown Newton
  • 21 East 1st St.
    Newton, NC
  • (828) 695-4360
  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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This family friendly festival, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors from throughout the region, will showcase a variety of local and regional contemporary folk artists - whose work will be for sale - as well as artist demos, hands-on art activities for kids, live music, food from area restaurants and food truck vendors, beer gardens, and more!