The festival was held for the first time in 1953 on the initiative of the folklore group “Kriváň” from Východná, whose members, after the success at the festival in Strážnice decided to organise a similar festival in Slovakia. At the first ethnographic "Song and Dance Festival" took part folklore groups from the Východná, Važec, Štrba, Liptovská Teplička, Liptovské Sliače, Hladovka and Sihelné.

In 1954 a new amphitheater was built and in 1955 the festival has become a local district character. The one year later festival gained the nationwide character and also the new name "Festival in Východná". During the galaprogram performed more than three hundred performers and also the first parade was held.

In 1957 the program was enriched by the competition for the best dancer and the dance couple, for the best folk music, and best first violinist. In the structure of the program had already discovered the types of programs such as folk dance school. That year the festival hymnus was born, composed by Svetozár Stračina, one of the most important Slovak composers.

From 1956 to 1958 broader programs such as "main show" or "treasury of traditional folk art" were replaced by thematically focused programs.
The dramaturgy of the festival is stabilized as the types of programs composed of adult and children's programs, ensembles and regional programs. The presentation of the results of competitions in folk singing, dancing and music were added gradually and competitive exhibition of folk groups and carry out the exhibitions of folk art.

The name Folklore Festival “Východná” (“FFV”) was born in 1967. In the same year there was also  the first live broadcast of Czechoslovak Radio from Východná.

Since 1970, the main organizer of the festival was Cultural centre (“Osvetový ústav”) in Bratislava, and the festival began to be organized according to the first successful professionals compiled programming concepts.
Folklore Festival “Východná” was also promoted through the media, in broadcasting Czechoslovak Radio and Czechoslovak Television Intervision and comprehensive program through newsletters and printed materials.

In 1980 Folklore Festival “Východná” became a part of C.I.O.F.F. (Conseil International des Organisations de Festivals de Folklore et d'Arts traditionnels, International Council of Folklore Festivals organizers, NGOs, the Music Council of UNESCO) festivals.

In recent modern history, especially after 1989, the festival has undergone several more or less successful era. The most attractive program in the festival those years included a joint performance of  the music band “Elán” and ensemble “ Lúčnica” in 1996 and the performance of the Slovak National Theathre with “ Na skle maľované” in 2004.

Since 1999 the festival has been a major event of the project of the National Cultural Centre called “ The Days of the Traditional Culture”.
In the years 1972 - 2005, the festival was held in the amphitheater designed by architect Ing. Villiam Gruska, folklorist, which form an amphitheater created by the original architecture of this region, sensitively, taking into account its insertion into the natural environment.

In 2006, the 52nd festival due to unfinished amphitheater construction was not realised..
In 2007 the first festival was held in a newly built amphitheater area proposed by  Ing. arch. Igor Karkošiak.

Folklore Festival Východná since 2010 included in the events of  IOV (International Organization fur Volkskultur). The festival program council has been for decades consisting by professionals from the ranks of choreographers, arts, etnochoreologists, music and dance teachers and folklorists, the greatest personalities of the folk movement in Slovakia (S. Dúžek, O. Elschek, M. Leščák, S. Švehlák, C. Zalesak, O. Demo, K. Ondrejka, J. Majerčík, V. Majerčík, I. Kovačovič, V. Urban, J. Paličková, P. Bútor, J. Burič, Š. Kocák, J. Uhel, V. Kyseľ, P. Homolka, J. Blaho, A. Vargicová, M. Veselský, E. Varga,  Š. Zima et al.).

Festival puts the main focus on the presentation of traditional forms of folk art, enriching it with new creative approaches and interactive types of programs.