A Sprocket Mural Works mural at the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, PA. Photo courtesy of Sean Simmers, PennLive.com July 12, 2016

mural on brick wall says Harrisburg in large letters

Every year, close to 900 scholars, cultural workers, practitioners, artists, educators, and more come from around the world to enjoy a wide variety of presentations, discussions, films, workshops, and concerts, to learn about current work, and to make or renew contact with others in the field. The largest single gathering anywhere that is devoted to folklore, the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society sparks the conversations that challenge and sustain us throughout the year.

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2021 Annual Meeting

The theme of the Society’s 133rd annual meeting is Natural States: Environment, Politics, and Tradition. In-person sessions will be held October 21–24, 2021 at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Virtual sessions will take place over 3-4 days in mid-October.

mural on brick wall says Harrisburg in large letters
A Sprocket Mural Works mural at the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, PA. Photo courtesy of Sean Simmers, PennLive.com July 12, 2016

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Participating in the AFS annual meeting—an annual high point for me—has provided me with opportunities for continued professional growth and has kept me in touch with other folklorists, who are like family.

Susan Roach

Future Meeting Sites

The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Hilton Harrisburg.

The 2022 Annual Meeting will be held October 12-15, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.

Site Selection

Annual meeting sites are usually selected three to four years in advance of the time of the meeting. AFS members who wish to have a site considered for a future AFS meeting should contact us at [email protected] for more information and to discuss your ideas with AFS staff.

Hotel, tourism, and convention bureau sales staff should contact Catherine McKemie of ConferenceDirect, who manages the Society’s site research and can provide our meeting room and sleeping room specifications.