Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What artists are going to be at the festival?
Incredible folk artists from across the Southeast are headed to the Foothills Folk Art Festival. Click here to view the 2019 artists.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?
Yes! The Foothills Folk Art Festival is dog friendly.

Where do I park?
In order to make it easy to get to the festival, free parking shuttles will run every 10 minutes from the Catawba County Government Complex on Southwest Boulevard (U.S. 321 Business). Festival attendees should follow the “PARKING” signs. Street parking will be limited, as some lots are designated for volunteers and vendors. Click here to visit the Directions/Parking page.

What will there be to eat at the festival?
Guests will have plenty of tasty food options at the Foothills Folk Art Festival. There will be food trucks and a variety of restaurants located around the Courthouse Square that will be serving all day. Click here to visit the Food page.

What bands are playing at the festival?
Live music will be performed throughout the day at the Frank & Sue Jones Amphitheatre on Main Avenue. After the festival, the beer garden will remain open from 4-7 p.m. and The Night Move Band will perform a special concert at the amphitheatre. Click here to visit the Music page.

What is there for children to do at the festival?
We’re making sure the Foothills Folk Art Festival will be fun for guests of all ages! Special art activities for children will be held on the east side of the 1924 Courthouse lawn throughout the day, thanks to the sponsorship of Corporate Armor, a Temprano Techvestors company. Click here to visit the Kid’s Activities page.

Where can I find a restroom?
Portable toilets will be available for festival guests at multiple locations up and down Main Avenue and College Avenue. Handicapped accessible toilets will be located near the intersection of College Avenue and A Street.

What is the price range of artwork at the festival?
While the cost of artwork is determined by individual artists, prices will likely range from $5 to $500.

Do artists accept credit cards and/or checks?
Payment options will vary with each artist at the festival. While some vendors may accept credit cards and take personal checks, others may be cash only. ATMs are located throughout Downtown Newton. 

Where can I find an ATM?
If you need to grab some cash for the festival, four ATMs are located close to the Courthouse Square. A CashPoints ATM is in the City Hall parking lot at 401 North Main Ave. A BB&T ATM is in the BB&T parking lot at 12 North Main Ave. A First Citizens Bank ATM is located in the First Citizens Bank parking lot at 11 South College Ave. A Wells Fargo ATM is in the Wells Fargo parking lot at 102 South Main Ave.

What if I buy a piece of art too big to carry back to my car?
We understand that some pieces available at the festival are really big. If you purchase a piece of art that’s too large to carry back to your car, let the artist know you need assistance and a volunteer will help you move your piece from the festival to your car.

Will alcohol be served at the festival?
Yes! A beer garden will be open at the Foothills Folk Art Festival near the intersection of Main Avenue and A Street. Beer garden guests will need to present valid, government-issued identification and remain within designated areas while drinking.

Where can I share my thoughts and learn more about the festival?
We hope you’ll help us make the next Foothills Folk Art Festival even better than the last! Head to the Hickory Museum of Art booth to sign up for festival e-news and to receive an email survey after the festival.