• Waldensian Festival
  • Waldensian Festival
  • Waldensian Festival
  • Waldensian Festival Street View

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 and The Historic Valdese Foundation continue to improve the Waldensian Festival each year and make it one of the best festivals in the state of North Carolina.

The 2017 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 42nd Annual Waldensian Festival will be held on August 11 & 12, 2017

2017 Vendor Application will be available here in January.

Interested in having your business featured as a sponsor check back here for details in January.


Friday Kickoff Celebration:

Amusement Rides on Faet Street
Myra's Classic & Antique Car Cruise In
Live Music By: To Be Announced

Saturday Festival Day:

Amusement Rides on Faet Street
Over 170 Food/Art/Craft Vendors
Attraction Tours with Shuttle Service

  • Waldensian Heritage Museum
  • Waldensian Trail of Faith
  • Waldensian Heritage Winery

Open Art Competition & People's Choice Award
Bocce Tournament at the LPDA Great Waldensian Footrace
Outdoor Drama "From This Day Forward"
P&W RR Museum Open House
Traditional Waldensian Meal & Church Service

Main Stage Lineup: To Be Announced