Downtown Newton Development Association, Hickory Museum of Art partner for Foothills Folk Art Festival

NEWTON, N.C.—The Foothills Folk Art Festival is coming to Downtown Newton.

Thanks to a partnership between the Downtown Newton Development Association and Hickory Museum of Art, the festival—formerly known as the Lake Norman Folk Art Festival—will make Newton its new home. The free festival will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

Residents of Newton and surrounding communities, as well as regional folk art collectors and enthusiasts, will be able to view and purchase folk art from artist vendors. Children will have the chance to make their own art and participate in an art scavenger hunt and artist demonstrations. Live music performances will be scheduled during the festival. Local restaurants and food vendors will provide a variety of food. Attendees will be able to quench their thirst at one of two beer gardens.

The roots of the Foothills Folk Art Festival date back to 2005 when the Hickory Museum of Art presented its first folk art festival as part of a series of exhibitions, publications and related programming following the accession of 153 folk art objects from the collection of Barry and Allen Huffman of Hickory. Over the years, the festival was held in different locations in Hickory and Sherrills Ford.

As with most large festivals, the Foothills Folk Art Festival will require a large number of volunteers to be a success. Volunteer committees are now being formed to organize everything from parking and signs to children’s art and food.

For more information about the festival or to volunteer, please contact Shannon Johnson, Newton Main Street Program Manager, at 828-695-4360 or