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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 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.

Waldensian Festival


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Cultural Festivals

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Old Rock School & Art Gallery

Constructed from stones the Waldenses pulled from the fields, the Old Rock School hosts concerts and dramas as well as other events in the 473 seat auditorium. Home to the Art Gallery of changing exhibits. Mon-Fri 9-5.Also home to the Piedmont Western Railroad club

Valdese, NC Arts

Waldensian Heritage Wines

Small authentic Waldensian winery uses methods of the Waldensian immigrants from Italy who settled Valdese in 1893. Tours, tastings and sales available. No charge for tours and tastings.Open year round; Friday, Saturday, & Sunday from 1-6; other days by appointment only.Wine list:

Valdese, NC Other Attractions

Waldensian Trail of Faith

This walk through history depicts the religious persecution and incredible faith of the Waldensians of northern Italy. Fourteen building replicas and monuments. Located next to Old Colony Players Amphitheater. Gift shop, snack bar and visitor center. Buses Welcome.

Valdese, NC Trails

McGalliard Falls

This park offers a glimpse into the Waldensian past. Park features grist mill, waterwheel, nature trails, picnic and play areas. Also a 45 foot waterfall.

Valdese, NC Other Attractions

Drexel Grapevine Antiques

Antiques collectibles & PotteryOpen Monday-Saturday 10am-5pmWe buy and sell Antiques

Valdese, NC Businesses

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