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The Mountain Makins Festival will be held on October 23rd and 24th, 2021, with a special preview party on Friday, October 22nd.  

2019 Festival

Festival Hours:
Friday --6:30 PM PREVIEW PARTY

With advance tickets: No tickets sales at the door.

Saturday -- 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday-- 11 AM - 5 PM

General Admission to the Festival: $7 for Adults;       $1 for Children (6-12 years old); 6 and under free! 

October 26th - 27th, 2019

 Celebrating 44 Years of Family Fun! 

Mountain Makins is an award-winning festival which started in 1976 as a way to raise funds to save historic Rose School.  The festival continues to support the preservation of the Rose School building, provides Arts Education for residents of 5 counties, and serves to keep Appalachian history and culture vibrant and alive for generations to come.  Festival goers come year after year, from distances far and wide, to immerse themselves in the very best of Appalachian culture, food, music, dance, crafts, artwork, and fun!  


The celebration begins with a Preview Party on Friday, October 25th,  Advance-only tickets for this special event are $25. Guests will be treated to a gourmet buffet and exclusive early-bird shopping.  Additionally, Preview guests are admitted to the festival free on both Saturday and Sunday. (Festival Hack--Preview Tickets bring the best value and access to the festival.) 


All weekend, artisans will exhibit throughout the historic building and the surrounding grounds.  Authentic craftspeople, carefully selected through a rigorous jury process, are on hand to demonstrate folk-life skills, giving guests -young and old- a chance to see traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, apple butter making, broom making, beekeeping, woodturning and other necessities of frontier life in Appalachia.  The historic Rose Center and surrounding grounds are filled with high-quality, hand-made pottery, glasswork, jewelry, wood carving, soaps and lotions, fine art, fiber art, folk art, candles, wreaths, soft sculpture, baskets, toys and much, much more.


Visitors can also listen to live bluegrass, newgrass and old time music, “set a spell” in the storytelling tent, enter a drawing for the 2018 Mountain Makins Quilt, see more than a dozen dance groups, talk with local authors, and let their children paint a pumpkin, ride a pony, and more.  We look forward to seeing you this year, ...and the next,...and the one after that.  It is a fall family tradition that must be experienced to be appreciated.