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June 25, 2024

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International Folkfest to Return in June

Celebrate culture with dance groups from around the world.

Musicians and dancers from the U.K., Mexico and the Czech Republic will be visiting and performing in the mid-state community from June 3 – 8, 2024 for the 41st annual International Folkfest

The guest folk troupes will be joined by festival hosts, the Rutherford County Cripple Creek Cloggers and The Slim Chance Band, for performances kicking off on Monday, June 3 at Nashville’s Global Education Center at 10:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Visual folkloric artists from the area will also be exhibiting before and after both performance sessions. Food trucks will also be available. 

At other times during their stay, the troupes will be performing for boys and girls clubs, the Smyrna and Murfreesboro libraries, civic centers in Bell Buckle and Tullahoma and more. 

The schedules for the participating troupes will include time for touring historical, educational, cultural and scenic sites. All groups will have an opportunity to meet together and share dances and music. Each troupe will have its own local guides for the week as well as bus transportation provided. 

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2024 International Folkfest Schedule:

Monday, June 3, 2024

Global Education Center
10:30 a.m. – U.K. Troupe Performance
4822 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
Free Event

Global Education Center
12:30 p.m. – Mexican Troupe Performance
4822 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
Free Event

​Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Smyrna Public Library
Mexico Troupe Performing
400 Enon Springs Rd
Smyrna, TN 37167
10 a.m.
Free to the public

Global Education Center 
4822 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
10 a.m. – Czech Republic Troupe Performs
​Free Event

South Jackson Civic Center
​All troupes perform
Tullahoma, TN 37388
7 p.m.   $5  (all groups)

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Linebaugh Public Library 
​United Kingdom Troupe Performs
105 W Vine St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
10 a.m.
Free to the public

​LaVergne Public Library
Mexican Troupe Performs
5063 Murfreesboro Rd
Lavergne, TN 37086
10 a.m.
Free to the Public

Thursday, June 6, 2024

​Bell Buckle Banquet Hall
​All troupes perform.
27 Railroad Sq.
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
6 p.m.  (all groups)
​Free to the public

Friday, June 7, 2024 

Cedar Glade Brewery
All troupes perform on 3 stages.
906 Ridgely Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Free to the public. Food trucks will be onsite.
(bring a lawn chair)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Simply Smyrna
All troupes perform.
Smyrna Depot District
Free Family Event
​​(bring a lawn chair)
98 Front St
Smyrna, TN 37167
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.