What artists are going to be at the festival?

More than 90 folk artists from across the Southeast are headed to the inaugural Foothills Folk Art Festival. Click here to view all of this year’s 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) and from Peoples Bancorp Headquarters at the corner of Southwest Boulevard (U.S. 321 Business) and West C Street. 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 four 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 on two stages throughout the festival, one at the north end of Downtown on Main Avenue and one at the south end of Downtown on College Avenue. Click here to visit the Music page.

What is there for children to do at the festival?

We’ve made sure the Foothills Folk Art Festival will be fun for guests of all ages! Thanks to support from Unifour Foundation and Commscope, kids and families will be making spiral snakes, wacky animal art, colorful cable creations and jewelry at the corner of College Avenue and East Second Street. The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is hosting The Scrap Exchange at the intersection of College Avenue and East A Street. The Scrap Exchange features hands-on creative arts activities engaging youth to exercise their minds while promoting environmental awareness and reuse of materials.

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 Main Avenue and East 2nd Street and near the intersection of College Avenue and East 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, you can leave it at the Art Holding Area, located at the north end of Downtown Newton on Main Avenue, and pick up the piece when you leave the festival.

Are there festival events going on anywhere other than around the Courthouse Square?

Yes! The Catawba County Library invites you to the Main Library (115 West C Street) all day on October 1 to browse a display of folk art from local private collections, check out books on the topic, and try your hand at creating fun traditional arts and crafts. At 1:30 p.m. there will be mountain music, stories and dance featuring Jeff Robbins in the Library Auditorium.

Will alcohol be served at the festival?

Yes! Two beer gardens will be open at the Foothills Folk Art Festival. One will be at the intersection of North Main Avenue and East 2nd Street, and the other will be in front of Carolina Vines on North College Avenue. Beer garden guests will need to present valid, government-issued identification and remain within designated areas while drinking.

Where can I share my thoughts about how the festival?

We hope you’ll help us make the second Foothills Folk Art Festival even better than the first! Head to the City of Newton or Hickory Museum of Art booths to sign up for festival e-news and to receive an email survey after the festival. Everyone who signs up will be entered into a drawing for special Foothills Folk Art Festival prizes.