Early Registration Ends June 1!

As of June 1st, the artist registration fee will go up to $75. The festival is a partnership between Downtown Newton Development Association (DNDA) and Hickory Museum of Art (HMA). Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Foothills Folk Art Festival is a juried, folk-art themed show. All applicants are submitted to the jurying process, regardless of whether they have participated in previous years. The Foothills Folk Art Festival Artist Committee is looking for artwork that is intensely influenced by and displaying the spirit of folk, visionary, and outsider art.

A Little Something for Everyone

Join us on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10 AM to 4 PM for the 4th Annual Foothills Folk Art Festival in Downtown Newton. 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!

To sign up to volunteer, click here.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please email: volsfoothillsfolkart@gmail.com.



On March 14, 2018 at an awards ceremony in Clayton, NC,  the Foothills Folk Art Festival won a statewide award from the N.C. Department of Commerce, for Best Downtown Special EventContinue reading.

... This award from the N.C. Department of Commerce speaks to the quality of the festival, and we are dedicated to to making the festival even better each year.”
— Shannon Johnson, Newton’s Main Street Program Coordinator