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Burritt’s New Round Top Folk Festival to Bring Art & Music to Life

Burritt’s New Round Top Folk Festival to Bring Art & Music to Life

  • Friday, November 5 & Saturday, November 6
  • Tickets are $10 - $35
  • Enjoy traditional trade demonstrations & bluegrass music.
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There’s a new festival on the horizon for Burritt on the Mountain and it will be bringing art and music to life in a whole new way for the Rocket City. The Round Top Folk Festival will take place November 5 and 6 at Burritt on the Mountain and will combine stellar music with an impressive line up of local artisans and craftspeople.

What’s the Round Top Folk Festival?

Though one may assume that Burritt on the Mountain sits on Monte Sano Mountain, it actually is nestled on the mountain’s plateau known as Round Top. The Round Top Folk Festival will celebrate the history of the region through skilled craft demonstrations and music.

The fun kicks off on Friday with music by Microwave Dave & The Nukes. Food trucks will be available for dinner plans, guests can enjoy some s’more while taking in the breathtaking city lights at The View, and the adults can enjoy beverages from the cash bar.

On Saturday, over 30 local demonstrators will join the scene to showcase their trade and sell their wares. In addition to the food trucks, adult beverages, and makers, guests can enjoy a wide selection of traditional musicians with a closing performance by Valley Road Bluegrass Band.


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“Burritt has long been a place to enjoy the outdoors for both recreation and history. We preserve traditional arts, skills and handicrafts and offer opportunities for guests to experience the way things once were done. The Round Top Folk Festival is an expansion of our Folklife Festival and has combined the incredibly important traditional arts with something Burritt does remarkably well…concerts! This fits seamlessly into our mission to enhance lives and build community through educational, artistic and recreational experiences while preserving our heritage, land and historic structures,” said Leslie Ecklund, Burritt CEO.

The end of a guitar can be seen on the grounds of Burritt on the Mountain.
Enjoy musical performances by Valley Road Bluegrass Band, Microwave Dave and the Nukes, and more.

Preserving Art & Culture

Local artists and makers will be gathering together to offer demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts and will be selling their wares. Art forms include: basket weaving, glass painting, pyrography (wood burning), quilling, quilting, felting, moccasin-making, gourd crafting, jewelry making, print making, and more.

The festival will serve as another way for Burritt on the Mountain to preserve some of the traditional art and culture of the region. In addition to the lessons taught by the Burritt Folk School during normal operations, the festival will bring the traditional skills together with music for a fully immersive experience for guests.

“This is a great opportunity to enjoy the mountain air and visit with some of our Folk School instructors as they demonstrate their crafts. Our studio and workshops spaces will be open as well as the historic buildings throughout the park. I invite people to come see for themselves and be a part of our creative community,” said Jana Parris, Folk School Program Manager.

A small thing of lace is being intricately woven over blue upholstery.
The Round Top Folk Festival celebrates the traditional skills and trades of the region historically.

Did Someone Say S’mores?

The kids (and adults too) are in for a sweet treat with the S’mores station. They’ll be ready to take a bite out of the gourmet s’mores kit that includes the supplies for two special s’mores for $5. The kits will be available both Friday and Saturday during the festival.

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They’ll also love the hands-on aspects of the festival that’s especially for them. They can try their own hand at crafts, butter churning, cornshuck dolls, chores, and more.


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“With artisans throughout the park, children will really enjoy the experience of watching the different artisans demonstrate how they do their crafts. With hands on activities at the top of their list, watch as they actually have fun doing chores as they try out tasks like butter churning, rug beating, and mattress stuffing – just like children in the 1800s would have done. There will be 3 different crafts stations that children can visit and create to take home as souvenirs.” said Tammy Cooney, Chief Programs Officer.

A woman's hand prepares a pie by smoothing the crust while wearing traditional 1800s style blue dress.
Local demonstrators will be showcasing traditional skills and crafts.

Plan Your Visit to Round Top Folk Festival

Dates: Friday, November 5 at 6 p.m. | Saturday, November 6 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Burritt on the Mountain (Map)
Admission: Limited tickets are available. Purchase online here.
Member Weekend Pass – $20
Public Weekend Pass – $35
Public Microwave Dave & The Nukes Concert Only – $25
Child Microwave Dave & The Nukes Concert Only – $10
Public Child Weekend Pass – $18
Advanced Saturday Adults Day Pass – $12
Advanced Saturday Children & Student Pass -$10
Advanced Saturday Senior/Military – $10

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