Calendar of Events

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* Featured events in bold

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR
Smith-Lever Act Centennial
“Little Country Theater” Centennial, NDSU
Southwest Rural Theatre Project
Vigilante Theatre Company Rural Tour, Bozeman, MT
First Nation’s Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL
January 18 – May 11, 2014, Conger Metcalf Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IO
February 15 – May 25, 2014, Papier Français: French Works on Paper Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IO
March 15 – November 2, 2014, Marvin Cone on My Mind: The Ceramics of Dean Schwarz Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IO
May 24 – September 7, 2014, Carl Van Vechten: Photographer to the Stars Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IO
June 14 – September 21, 2014, Grant Wood: American Impressionist Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IO

January 24-26, Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
January 27-February 1, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Western Folklife Center, Elko, NV

Charro Days Fiesta, Brownsville, TX
Edison Bird Festival, Edison, WA
February 14-16, University of Chicago Folk Festival, Chicago, IL
March 9, 2013 – February 23, 2014, Taking Shape: Recent Acquisitions in the Fine Art of Craft Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IO
Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale, Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

March 13-23, CAAMFest 2014, Center for Asian American Media, San Francisco, CA
March 18-22, Tri-National Sonoran Desert Symposium, International Sonoran Desert Alliance, Ajo, AZ
March 19, Rural Arts Happy Hour, National Rural Assembly, Nationwide
March 21, Blooming Arts Festival, Linden, TN


April 4-6, Poteet Strawberry Festival, Poteet, TX
April 12, Cotton District Arts Festival, Starkville, MS
April 12-13, 50th Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key, FL
April 11-20, 85th Annual Messiah Festival of the Arts, Lindsborg, KS
April 12-13, Rural Hill Scottish Festival, Huntersville, NC
April 26, Rural Heritage Festival, Cherokee Strip Museum, Perry, OK
April 25-May 4, Artfields: Southern Artfest Competition and Celebration, Lake City, SC
April 21-23, Art of the Rural Year of the Rural Arts Residency at Epicenter, Green River, UT
April 26, Pepper Jelly Festival, Alabama Rural Heritage Center, Thomaston, AL
April 30, Spring Change Leader Conference in conjunction with Mountain West Arts Conference, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, West Valley City, UT

May 2-4, Genoa Cowboy Festival, Genoa, NV
May 10, North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, Rural Hill, Huntersville, NC
May 15-16, Historic Rural Life Festival, Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Nashville TN
May 15-18, Bluff Country Gathering, Lanesboro, MN
May 16-17, Lower Town Arts and Music Festival, Paducah, KY
May 23-26, ArtSpring High Mountain Arts Festival, Tucker County, WV
May 24-25, Moab Art Festival, Moab, UT
May 22-June 8, Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX
May 31, 35th Annual Hank Williams Festival, Georgiana, AL

Appalachian Family Folk Week, Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, KY
Mystic Sea Music Festival, Mystic ,CT
Washboard Music Festival, Logan, OH
Chautauqua Writers Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY
8th Annual Blue Diamond Music Festival, Blue Diamond, NV
38th Annual Summer Arts and Music Festival, Mateel Community Center, Redway, CA
Ogden Arts Festival, Ogden, UT
Red Cloud Indian Art Show, Red Cloud Indian School and Heritage Center, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD
Cultivate Contemporary Dance Festival, Bethlehem, NH
145th Annual Dalesburg Midsummer Festival, Dalesburg, SD
Great American Think Off, New York Mills Regional Culture Center, New York Mills, MN
Oahe Days Music and Arts Festival, Pierre, SD
June 6-7, Seedtime on the Cumberland, Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY
June 6-8, Shepherdstown on Site Dance Festival, Shepherdstown, WV
June 7-8, American Indian Festival, Nansemond Indian Tribe, Chesapeake, VA
June 12-14, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS
June 13-14, Chickenstock Music Festival, Chicken, AK
June 13-15, 40th Annual Black Hills Quilt Show, Rapid City, SD
June 13-15, Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo and Gifts from the Mother Earth Celebration, Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse, SD
June 25-29, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington D.C.
June 27-28, Seldom Seen Music Festival, Monmouth, Iowa

Grangeville Border Days, in conjunction with Grangeville Arts, Grangeville, ID
80th Anniversary National Folk Festival, National Council for the Traditional Arts, St. Louis, MO
34th Annual Natchitoches NSU Folk Festival, Louisianna Folklife Center, Natchitoches, LA
Summer Spectacle, Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield, MA
Tejano Music Festival, Humble, TX
Angola Prison Rodeo, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, LA
Spectrum Music and Arts Festival, Trapper Creek, AK
38th Annual Sawtooth Mountain Mama’s Arts and Crafts Fair, Stanley, ID
July 2-6, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington D.C.
July 11-13, Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, OR
July 11-13, Montana Folk Festival, Butte, MT
July 11-13, Ketchum Arts Festival, Ketchum, ID
July 13-14, 42nd Annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival, Brookings, SD
July 24-27, Red Ants Pants Music Festival, White Sulphur Springs, MT
July 25-27, Chief Joseph Days, Joseph, OR
July 26-27, Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, Carnation, WA
July 27-August 1, 2014, Appalachian Writers Workshop, Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, KY
July 30-August 3, 2014, Appalachian String Band Music Festival, Clifftop, WV


July 18-August 24, Summer Spectacle, Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield, MA
July 31-August 2, 76th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Ashville, NC
July 31-August 3, Blueberry Arts Festival, Ketchikan, AK

July 31-August 3, Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival, Nappanee, IN
August 1-2, 40th Anniversary Carter Festival, Carter Family Fold, Hiltons, VA
August 1-3, Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes, WA
August 2-3, 27th Annual Beaver Creek Arts Festival, Avon, CO
August 1-3, Goldfield Days Celebration and Land Auction, Goldfield, NV

August 6-9, Pig-N-Ford Races, Tillamook County Fair, Tillamook, OR
August 8-9, Ola Belle Reed Music Festival, Lansing, NC
August 8-9, Port Oneida Fair: A Celebration of Rural Arts and Culture, Port Oneida, MI
August 8-10, Rural Route Film Festival, New York City, NY
August 15-17, Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival and Corn Roast, Milton-Freewater, OR
August 7-17, Festival at Sandpoint, Sandpoint, ID
August 7-17, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA
August 22-23 – Otha Turner Memorial Picnic & Goat Roast, Senatobia (Gravel Springs), MS
August 22-24, American Folk Festival, Bangor, ME
August 25-31, 39th Annual National Old Time Country Blue-grass and old-time Folk Music

August 28-31, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Fayetteville, AR

Big Feed, M12, Various Locations, CO
Highlander Center Homecoming, Highlander Center, New Market, TN
The Adirondack Rural Skills & Homesteading Festival, Paul Smith’s College, Brighton, NY
Rentiesville Blues Festival, DC Minner Blues Club, Rentiesville, OK
Eastport Pirate Festival, Eastport, ME
National Hollerin Contest, Hollerin Heritage Festival, Spivey’s Corner, NC
Festival of American Indian Arts, Verde Valley Archeology Center, Camp Verde, AZ
Seward Music and Arts Festival, Seward, AK
Wheatland Music Festival, Wheatland Music Organization, Remus, MI
Rising Sun Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, Rising Sun, IN
Escalante Canyons Arts Festival, Escalante, UT
46th Annual Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Festival, Fort Ransom, ND
Clear Creek Festival, Berea, KY
108th Annual Melon Days, Arts Activities provided by EpiCenter Arts, Green River, CO
Prarie Festival, The Land Institute, Salina, KS
Geneva Town & Country Art and Music Festival
Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR
September 4-14, 30th Annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Jackson Hole, WY

September 15th to October 4th, Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild International Sculpture Symposium, Lincoln, Montana
September 17-21, 42nd Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
September 25-28, Alpenfest, Joseph, OR

Imagining America National Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Reedsburg Fermentation Festival, Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg, WI
Music and Molasses Arts and Crafts Festival, Tennessee Agriculture Museum, Nashville, TN
Walton Rural Life Festival, Walton, KS
Rural Academy Theatre Tour, North Carolina
Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration, Bill Monroe’s Homeplace, Rosine, KY
Old Time Rural Music Gathering, Fremont, NE
BeanFest and Championship Outhouse Races, Mountain View, AR
Small Town USA Festival, Alexandria, IN
Oregon Coast Film Festival, Bandon, OR
Texas Swing and Heritage Festival, Athens, TX
October 4, Western Heritage Festival, Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, Sparks, NV
October 3-5, National Storytelling Festival, International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN
October 4-5, Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Ecological Farming Association, Yolo County, CA
October 10-12, 35th Annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, TN

Rural America Festival, Buena Vista, GA
Southwest Fiber Arts Festival, Tubac Presido Park, Tubac, AZ
Ojai Art Festival & Ojai Film Festival, Ojai, CA
Western New York Hispanic Heritage Festival, Wyoming County, NY

Le Feu et L’Eau (Fire and Water) Rural Arts Celebration, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, Arnadville, LA

Year of the Rural Arts Calendar Feature Articles

Year of the Rural Arts Founding Partners

We are grateful for the perspectives of our Founding Partners who helped to conceptualize and idea-test the 2014 Year of the Rural Arts: AppalshopThe Association for Cultural EquityThe Center for Rural StrategiesDouble Edge TheatreFeral ArtsImagining AmericaM12 art collective, Roadside TheaterRural Policy Research InstituteSpringboard for the Arts, and The Wormfarm Institute. With deep thanks, we recognize support provided by the Center for Rural Strategies and Springboard for the Arts that allowed for the design and implementation of the Year of the Rural Arts 2014.