Make your plans now to join us in Salisbury, Maryland, for the National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest, most prestigious and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage.
A free, large-scale three-day outdoor event, the National Folk Festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It features over 350 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople and other keepers of culture in performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory regional and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more.
Best of all, it’s FREE!
Salisbury, from Route 13 to Route 50 and from Carroll Street to the Wicomico River.
For guest safety vehicular traffic is not permitted on the actual event site.
To reach the festival site guests are advised to use satellite parking located at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. and ride our FREE shuttles, which drop off ON site every 10 minutes. Alternately guests may use any of the parking lots listed below and enter the site on foot.
500 Glen Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21804
(Satellite Parking & Free Shuttle from the lots across the street from the WYCC) From Points North:
Travel time: approximately 2 1/2 hours from Philadelphia, PA. From Points South:
Take U.S. Route 13 North from Virginia Beach. When entering Salisbury, take the Rt. 13 By-pass. Next take U.S. Route 50 Business west exit towards Salisbury. Continue west on Rt. 50 to the stop light at Civic Avenue. (Burger King on left.) Turn left onto Civic Avenue and follow to the end of the street at a stop sign. Civic Center is directly across the street.
Travel time: approximately 2 hours from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Take U.S. Route 50 East from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis, MD. Continue east on U.S. Route 50; stay to the right at the Route 301/50 split. When entering Salisbury continue on Rt. 50 east (business route) and proceed through the downtown area. Turn right at stop light onto Civic Avenue (Burger King on your right) and follow to the end of the street at a stop sign. Civic Center is directly across the street.
Travel time: approximately 1.5 hours from Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Traveling west on U.S. Route 50 from the Ocean City, Maryland area, turn left at stop light onto Civic Avenue (Burger King on the left) and follow to the end of the street at a stop sign. Civic Center is directly across the street.
Travel time: Approximately 30 minutes from Ocean City, MD.
FREE parking and FREE shuttles are available at the lots across the street from Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for your convenience. The shuttle stop at the Festival will be located at Church Street and Mill Street.
Friday – 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Saturday – 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
Sunday – 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Shuttles will leave regularly throughout the day.
Additional Downtown Parking
Multiple metered & permit parking lots are available downtown and FREE of charge. VIEW PARKING MAP
Lot 35, Fitzwater St & W. Main St
Lot 7, Lemmon Hill Ln
Lot 13, W. Chestnut St
Lot 9, Church St
Lot 10, E. Church St & Poplar Hill Ave
Lot 5, E. Main St
Downtown Parking Garage, E. Market St
Designated handicap parking spaces are available in all city lots and the Downtown parking garage.
There will not be onsite transportation available between the various stages.
Downtown Salisbury is bounded by the Wicomico River and visitors can take in the gorgeous water views from the banks and the newly re-constructed Riverwalk.
- The Port of Salisbury Marina is located at the headwaters of the Wicomico River and in the heart of the City of Salisbury. It is within walking distance of the downtown Plaza area. The Marina is easily accessible to a number of services. Ask the Marina personnel about car rentals, marine supply stores, marine mechanics, and other local information. The Marina is in fresh to brackish water with an average depth of 6 feet at low tide and 11 feet at high tide. The channel approach is an average of 14 feet at low tide and 19 feet at high tide. Also available at the Marina is a Public Kayak launch. The launch is at the end of Municipal Lot by Brew River.
There are several routes that connect the greater Salisbury area to Downtown. Take a ride on the Orange or Yellow route that connects Salisbury University or ride the trails from the Salisbury City Park & Zoo
Click here to check out a map of current bike routes in Salisbury & the Downtown area.
The BPAC (Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee) advises City officials and staff on the sound development and management and safe use of the City of Salisbury’s pedestrian and bicycle systems in relation to infrastructure, accessibility, and promoting the benefits of these systems. If you have any bicycle/pedestrian related recommendations you’d like to make, please reach out to the BPAC!
Group Tour Bus drop-off:
Accommodations will be made for group bus drop-offs and pick-ups on the north side of the festival, at Lot 10 – located at E. Church St & Poplar Hill St.