Waldensian Festival Tradition in Valdese, North Carolina

  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 and The Historic Valdese Foundation continue to improve the Waldensian Festival each year and make it one of the best festivals in the state of North Carolina.

  The 2014 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.


Friday August 8: Festival Kickoff

  • Amusement Rides for Children & Youth
  • Myra's Classic & Antique Car Cruise In
  • Live Music at the Corner of Rodoret & Main Street
  • Beer & Wine Garden
  • Great Food provided by local restaurants
  • Great Shopping with Downtown Merchants

Saturday August 9: Festival Day

  • Over 170 Food/Art/Craft/Activity Vendors
  • Regional Boccie Tournament
  • Live Entertainment throughout the day!
  • Little Miss & Master Pageant
  • RSAF: Open Art Competition
  • P&W Railroad Museum Open House
  • Tractor Rides
  • British Car Show
  • Beer & Wine Garden
  • Outdoor Drama "From This Day Forward"
  • Great Waldensian Footrace
  • Traditional Waldensian Meal at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church
  • Amusement Rides for Children & Youth
  • Shuttle Service for Attraction Tours (meet at information booth)
    • Waldensian Heritage Museum
    • Trail of Faith
    • Waldensian Heritage Winery
    • McGalliard Falls Park


2014 Vendor Application