Founded in 1991, we are Warren Wilson College’s educational program of summer folk arts workshops held on our campus in the Swannanoa Valley near Asheville in the heart of North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Each year, we offer a variety of week-long programs in various forms of folk music and dance over a five-week period in July and August, taught by some of the finest folk artists and instructors in the world.

We invite you to join us.

Al Petteway is gone.
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Our 2024 dates are here!

WEEK 1, June 30-July 6
Fiddle Week

Mando & Banjo Week

WEEK 2, July 7-13
Trad. Song Week

WEEK 3, July 14-20
Celtic Week

WEEK 4, July 21-27
Old-Time Week

WEEK 5, July 28-Aug. 3
Contemporary Folk Week

Guitar Week

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“The worst part about the Gathering is that there are only 24 hours in the day and 3 of them are wasted sleeping!”

– student comment

2023 Swannanoa Gathering Programs

July 9-15

Celtic Week

July 16-22

Old-Time Week