Waldensian Festival

Since 1976, on the second Saturday in August, Valdese hosts an annual festival to celebrate the "Glorious Return" of the Waldenses from exile in Switzerland to their native valleys in the Cottian Alps of Italy in 1689. This celebration is mirrored around the world by other Waldensian communities. The Town of Valdese continues to improve the Waldensian Festival each year and make it one of the best festivals in the state of North Carolina.

The 2019 Waldensian Festival will concentrate on unique crafts, great food, and top-quality entertainment. To achieve this goal, the committee continues to search for wonderful artists, food vendors and entertainers from around the country. Choosing participants that will come together to make an unforgettable festival.

The 44th Annual Waldensian Festival will be held on August 9 & 10, 2019 


Food Vendor? Find our Major Food Application Here!

2019 Sponsorship Application


Friday, August 9- Festival Kick-Off Celebration!- Flashback Friday- Join us on this blast through the past as we celebrate big hair, neon colors, and the best decades of music & fashion!


7:00PM • Cassette Rewind • Born in the 80's, Raised on Radio

9:15PM • Gump Fuction • The Ultimate 90's Experience

The 2019 Waldensian Festival is proudly sponsored by:



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