The first Fall Folk Festival took place in 1996. Vicki Ball, Carla Carnegie, Dave Noble and Leone Peterson planned and organized it. They held the Festival at the Unitarian Universalist Church with about a dozen groups performing. It happened to take place during a severe ice storm. Luckily, the Festival was one of the few places in town that had power and hot food. Consequently, more than 350 people attended the Festival. Since then, the Festival has grown rapidly. The Festival outgrew the church and then moved to Glover Middle School. In 2003, the Festival moved to its current location, Spokane Community College. In 2005, the Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary. By then, it had expanded to two days and showcased more than a 100 performing groups. The Festival attracts approximately 5,000 attendees each year.