The purpose of this study is to determine pre-service teachers' perceptions of folk culture. The study uses the qualitative research method. The study group consists of pre-service teachers studying in the sports sciences and education faculties of a state university located in Ankara province of Turkey. The research data have been collected through a metaphor form and semi-structured interviews to identify the participants' perceptions of folk culture. The obtained data have been subjected to content analysis. The analysis results of the metaphor data indicate that the pre-service teachers associate folk culture with 'inevitable and valuable element' most, followed by 'informative/ directive elements'. The analysis results of the interview data, on the other hand, point out that the participants largely highlight folk culture's function as informing about values of society. Another finding of the study is that the pre-service teachers' perceptions of folk culture considerably differ by their subject branch. Especially the pre-service teachers receiving education in the field of sciences (70%) have negative perceptions towards folk culture. Also, it has been noticed that some of the participating pre-service teachers have misconceptions regarding folk culture. The analyses of the metaphor and interview data have revealed that some pre-service teachers think culture has an unchangeable nature and so opposes development and science.