September 29th 2018

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Join us for a vibrant festival day nestled in the mountains of North Carolina.


The 44th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion. Visitors will find three stages of traditional old-time, gospel, and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos, and clogging. Festival-goers are invited to join in workshops at the Circle Tent and participate in shape-note singing, one of the mountains’ sacred traditions. Admission and parking are free so bring your family and experience all that our rich heritage has to offer.

See a photo gallery from MHD 2017

Watch a video of MHD 2016

Read an article about MHD 2016



Arts and Demonstrations

Heirloom-quality crafts & demonstrators

The Mountain Heritage Day Arts and Crafts area offers juried, handmade items ranging from woodwork and pottery to paintings, jewelry, and quilts. Throughout the event there will also be a wide array of regional craftspeople demonstrating skills that have been important to mountain people over the years. Be sure to check out our list of featured artisans and look below for our list of demonstrators.

Chuck Anderson, broom making

Lori Anderson, corn shuck crafts

Jim Bordwine, saltmaking

Lloyd Owle, stonecarving

William Rogers, blacksmithing

Matthew Shirey, banjo making

Tsalagi Touring Program, Cherokee crafts

R. O. Wilson, logging skills




Food and Drinks

Just like mom used to make!

Food booths at the festival feature classic mountain fare like ham biscuits, churned ice cream, lemonade, barbecue, Cherokee frybread, fried green tomatoes, kettle corn, beans, and cornbread.

Visit our vendor page for a complete list of our culinary partners.

Western Carolina University

Address: 530C HFR Administration Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: (828) 227-3039

Mountain Heritage Day is organized and hosted by Western Carolina University as its annual gift to the community. Enter the campus off of NC 107 and follow signs to on-campus parking options. The university CatTran will be running to provide shuttle service from parking areas to the Intramural Field, where the event is held.

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