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 2018 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 43nd Annual Waldensian Festival will be held on August 10 & 11, 2018

2018 Vendor Application is available for download here  | Major Food Vendor Application here | 2018 Sponsorship Application

Main Stage Lineup: 

Friday Night Festival Kickoff: 
7pm Opening Act: Little Johnny Trailer Trash

9pm- The Artimus Pyle Band - Check them out here!
Honoring the music of Ronnie Van Zant's Lynyrd Skynyrd, featuring legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle

Saturday Festival Day: 
Special Entertainment throughout the day will be announced shortly! 

9:30am: Old Colony Players Reenactment 

10am: Gravity Check Juggling

10:30am: The Band 28690

12:30-2pm: The Christy Lynn Band - Check them out here!

3pm: Tony Bailey Band

7pm: The Band of Oz - Check them out here!

The 2018 Waldensian Festival is proudly sponsored by: 


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