Welcome to Folklore Village!

Folklore Village is a nationally recognized folk arts and culture center dedicated to enriching lives through time-honored traditions. Since 1968, thousands of people of all ages have come to Folklore Village to gather with friends, meet new people, to eat, dance, sing and play. Come study with a master fiddler… sing with a gospel choir… dance until midnight… learn to make a basket… feast on jambalaya… join a back porch jam session… plant prairie flowers… or picture yourself as a student in a real 1890 schoolhouse… pass it on. 

Here’s a note from board member Scott Lind!

Did you know that under the CARES Act, there are enhanced charitable giving incentives even for individuals who do not itemize their deductions?
The Act includes a one-time, “above-the-line deduction” (that is, available to taxpayers who do not itemize deductions) for cash contributions of up to $300 made to charitable organizations. The incentive covers only cash contributions made in calendar year 2020 and should be claimed on the taxpayer’s 2020 Form 1040 which is filed in 2021.

An Important Message from the Folklore Village Board of Directors

[Open source image by graphic artist Mel Westfall]

Folklore Village respects the unique cultural heritage of all peoples. It seeks to foster an understanding of one’s own cultural traditions, while nurturing a respect for the values and traditions of others. Folklore Village believes that each individual has folklife traditions no matter what his or her background. Traditions are an important part of who we are and what makes us human.”
-From the Folklore Village Mission and Vision Statement

As so many are struggling to find a way to bring hope to our deeply wounded nation and world right now, the Folklore Village Board of Directors stands in support of people of color who have been so brutally harmed recently, as well as throughout our nation’s history. Above all else, what makes our organization unique is our commitment to making all who come to enjoy our programs feel a welcome part of our community. Our organization was created as a place where all people may share their knowledge and traditions of cultures from all corners of the world in a welcoming, joyful, and peaceful environment.

We recognize that the best teachers of cultural understanding are those tradition bearers who have firsthand knowledge of their own history and experience. As an educational organization, we pledge to do our best to make sure that we ourselves are listening to and learning from those who live every day with the challenges and fears of the racism they face. We recognize this is an ongoing process, and we strive to support the collective effort of living in peace together. Our doors and our hearts are open to all.

Please read these important announcements from the Folklore Village Board of Directors:
   • Funding appeal during this time of pandemic: click HERE

   • Special Notice regarding upcoming Folklore Village Events: click HERE

   • General Statement Concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic:  click HERE

If you didn’t receive our print Calendar of Events, and would like to, give us a call and we’ll pop one in the mail.
Or, read it HERE.

Upcoming Events

All classes now online





The barrels are back! Highway 151 construction continues.

Directions for getting here via the new Exit 52 on Highway 18/151.