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 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
Sponsors for the 2017 Waldensian Festival:
Friday Kickoff Celebration:
Amusement Rides for all ages!
Myra's Classic & Antique Car Cruise In on Main Street
Beer & Wine Garden
Live Music By: The Breakfast Club - 80's Night in Valdese!
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:
9am: Pan Jive Steel Drum Band
10am: Waldensian Singers (Old Colony Players production of From This Day Forward)
10:30am: Gravity Check Juggling
12pm: Cap'n Jeffrey & The All Seeing Illusions
1:30pm: Beauty & The Beats
3:30pm: To Be Announced
Live Music By: Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band 7pm
Valdese Farmers Market
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