Smart Bets: Mountain Dance & Folk Festival

The annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival was founded by folklorist Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. Each year, the event — the indoor, ticketed companion to Shindig on the Green — showcases "mountain performers who share songs and dances that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage," according to press. This year's lineup includes Buncombe Turnpike, Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers, Laura Boosinger, Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers, Pinetop Revival and many more. Held at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 1-3, 7 p.m. nightly. Adults $20 / children $10 or $54/$24 for three nights. http://www.dwtheatre.com. Photo by Jerry Nelson

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