The longest-running music festival of its kind in the entire country, the Philadelphia Folk Festivalhas become a regional legend and remains an epically good time.
Now in its 53rd year of brining the best of folk music to the Philadelphia countryside, the Philadelphia Folk Festival brings the sweet sounds of folk music back to Schwenksville, Pennsylvania this weekend, August 14-17.
The Philadelphia Folksong Society, the same organization that curated tunes for the blockbuster 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties just a few weeks ago, is the premiere folk organization in the greater Philadelphia region and is known internationally for this incredible annual destination festival.
The fest features a super star-studded lineup of music on seven stages, plus workshops and a craft fair, family-friendly activities and events, tons of food and drinks and more. Those who don’t want to miss a single beat can even camp out all weekend.
Read on for our guide to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, below.
With more than 100 scheduled performers on seven stages, the opportunities to groove to live music are nearly endless and this year’s fest promises something for everyone to enjoy.
Music is everywhere — from late-night singalongs, to bonfires in the festival campgrounds, to parking lot pickers having their own impromptu jam sessions.
This year’s headlining performers include Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Sarah Jarosz, Steep Canyon Rangers, Janis Ian, Tempest, Tommy Emmanuel, Loudon Wainwright III, The Lone Bellow, Natalie MacMaster, A Fistful of Sugar, Shemekia Copeland and many more.
Beyond the main acts, don’t forget the harmonica jams and master classes in the Cultural Tent or the family-friendly concerts on the Dulcimer Grove stage.
Plus, for those who are camping all weekend, check out the special concert in the campground Thursday night, which is only open to Festival Camping ticket holders.
For the complete lineup and stage schedule online.
Food & Drink
A vast selection of eats ensures no one will go hungry at the Folk Fest. Food vendors will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to the end of the night’s shows in the concert area, and 24 hours a day in the campgrounds.
Look for the volunteers from the Upper Salford Volunteer Fire Company to dish up all kinds of cuisine, from barbecue to crepes to vegetarian Mexican food.
Additional vendors include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Nader’s Bistro Mexican fare, Nyota’s Ting non-dairy vegetarian dishes, Pigs & Gigs pulled pork, Ruby’s Smoothie & Fruit Cup and more.
Plus, this year Philadelphia fave Little Baby’s Ice Cream joins the selection at the festival, and food trucks including The Tot Cart and Vernalicious will dish near the campground all day long.
Crafts & Workshops
Aside from rockin’ concerts, there are also workshops galore, ranging from storytelling to songwriting to ukelele playing. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in these honored traditions with other folk fans.
Crafts are a huge component of the folk scene. The Crafts Village is located at the top of the concert hill where you can purchase one-of-a-kind handmade pieces. Walk through and admire the vendors at work from glassblowers to metalsmiths to candlemakers.
The Folk Festival has plenty of different activities for the whole family, too. Report directly toDulcimer Grove, the shady area between the Crafts Stage and the Camp Stage, to find everything from puppeteers, jugglers and storytellers to hands-on crafts and kid-oriented musicians.
Tickets & Staying Over
Different types of tickets are available, and range in price from $29 for youth (12-17 years old) single day Friday shows, all the way up to $156 for an all-festival adult ticket, and $206 for an all-festival ticket plus camping.
Many additional ticket options are available for single-day and weekend-long tickets, with options for tent and RV camping. Reserved seating and children’s tickets are also available.
Complete ticket information and purchases are available online.
More than 6,000 people camp for the weekend at the festival, too. Camping is by weekend pass only and you must have a camping ticket to enter the campgrounds (get them at the camping gate entrance). The grounds have designated areas for both light camping (tents) and heavy camping (RVs). There are also quiet camping options for light camping.
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Get ready for a weekend of outdoor folksy fun!
The Philadelphia Folk Festival
When: August 14-17
Where: Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville
More info: www.pfs.org