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Central Pennsylvania's grass-roots voice for folk music and dance!

Susquehanna Folk Festival Events All Summer Long!

Endless Summer - Watch our website!

We're still announcing Susquehanna Folk Festival events and performers: well-known touring artists and regional favorites, toe-tapping music and lively dance, fascinating converations and family fun, online and in-person events. Stay tuned!

Wed, June 23 - Bringing it Home: The Power of Song

Bringing it Home: The Power of Song Online

Three local artists chat about the powerful role that songs play in our lives. Singing can affirm our beliefs, soothe a restless child, heal a wounded heart, unite a community, and move people to dance with joy. Virtual conversation on Wednesday, June 23. MORE

Thu, June 24 - Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord Online

Loudly, proudly Québécois, these five friends blow us away every time they come to our stage. We're absolutely thrilled to have them as a headline act for our 2021 festival. Celebrate Fête Nationale du Québec (Québec National Day) with a virtual concert on Thursday, June 24. MORE

Endless Summer - YES, there will be dancing!

In-person dancing is still not a thing we can plan, but we can DEFINITELY still plan on dancing! The Susquehanna Folk Festival has some rockin' bands and lively lessons in the works, so watch our website for news.

Wed, June 30 - Cups & Crankies: Homegrown Family Fun

Cups & Crankies: Homegrown Family Fun Online

Games and crafts with ordinary paper cups, moving panoramas (crankies), original and traditional songs about our animal friends, dancing, and plenty of silliness. A FREE interactive workshop for all ages on Wednesday afternoon, June 30. MORE

Sun, July 11 - Happy Traum

Happy Traum Goldsboro, PA

Happy Traum has been a star in the folk firmament since the early days of the folk revival. This revered guitarist and singer will be our first in-person performer since spring 2020, and we are so looking forward to it. LIVE IN PERSON! Outdoor workshop, blues jam and concert on Sunday, July 11. MORE

Wed, July 14 - Andy’s Wild Amphibian Show

Andy’s Wild Amphibian Show Online

Andy's Wild Amphibian Show features many things including tadpoles, ridiculous parental questions, a five-gallon pickle jar, and a cat named Bootsie! The hilarious Andy Offutt Irwin is the creator of this FREE all-ages program on Wednesday afternoon, July 14. MORE

Wed, July 14 - Liars Contest

Liars Contest Online

Get your tickets now for the Susquehanna Folk Festival's 2021 Liars Contest! Storytellers will tell their best short, funny, family-friendly falsehood and our panel of judges (and you!) will pick three winners. Emcee Andy Offutt Irwin will also tell a whopper or two. Livestream contest on Wednesday evening, July 14. MORE

Fri, August 13 - Tuba Skinny

Tuba Skinny Mt Gretna, PA

To call Tuba Skinny revivalists would be to miss the point. The New Orleans ensemble have never conceded the death of pre-1940s jazz and blues... they laze and weave around each other as if bebop never happened. LIVE IN PERSON! Outdoor concert on Friday, August 13. MORE

Sat, August 14 - Nora Brown

Nora Brown Mt Gretna, PA

15-year-old Nora Brown "has a host of roots music legends pouring out of her fingertips and through her lips," says The Bluegrass Situation. Dedicated to the traditional banjo music and soulful ballads of the south, Nora possesses a music wisdom that is far beyond her years. LIVE IN PERSON! Outdoor concert on Saturday, August 14. MORE

Fri, August 27 - Colebrook Road

Colebrook Road Harrisburg, PA

Central Pennsylvania's own Colebrook Road bridges the divide between traditional and progressive, creating new enthusiasts for bluegrass while expanding the definition of the genre for established fans. LIVE IN PERSON! Free outdoor concert on Friday, August 27. MORE

Sun, August 29 - Bruce Molsky & Tony Trischka

Bruce Molsky & Tony Trischka Goldsboro, PA

"Banjo liberationist" Tony Trischka and Appalachian fiddle virtuoso Bruce Molsky marry tradition and innovation in a day of acoustic fun with bluegrass and old-time music. LIVE IN PERSON! Outdoor workshop, jam session and concert on Sunday, August 29. MORE

Later this summer - Emerging Artists Showcase

Our popular Emerging Artists Showcase returns, spotlighting artists who are not yet regulars on the festival or concert series circuits. Watch for application info to come; we are planning for a competition in late summer or early fall.

Past Events

Fri, June 18 - Zoom Basics Workshop

Zoom Basics Workshop Online

Get comfortable with Zoom in this short, easy (and free!) workshop. We'll have fun trying out backgrounds, breakout rooms, audio settings, and other frequently used components. The best way to learn is to play! Zoom Basics Workshop on Friday afternoon, June 18. MORE

Wed, June 9 - Beverley Street

Beverley Street Online

A fun, fast-paced program full of silly sing-a-longs, zippy fiddle and banjo music, physical comedy, funny poetry, and awesome storytelling for all ages. Janie Rothfield and Allan Carr back up master children's performer Bill Wellington in this FREE all-ages program on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. MORE

Sun, June 6 - Old-Time Music Workshop Series

Old-Time Music Workshop Series Online

This series of workshops is for novice fiddle and banjo players, adults and teens. Seasoned teacher Janie Rothfield will teach you tunes, show you tricks, and share the fun of playing old-time music. Give it a try! Four Sunday evenings in June. MORE

Sat, June 5 - Sierra Hull & Justin Moses

Sierra Hull & Justin Moses Online

We're declaring June 5th to be Mandolin Day! IMBA favorites and Grammy nominees Sierra Hull and Justin Moses are the first headline act to be announced in our endless summer of festival events. We're pleased to host them for a virtual mandolin workshop and live-streamed evening concert on Saturday, June 5. MORE

till June 14 - Enter our 2021 Liars Contest

Enter our 2021 Liars Contest Online

Love telling tall tales and shaggy dog stories? Enter the Susquehanna Folk Festival's 2021 Liars Contest! Anyone who can tell a short, funny, family-friendly story is invited to apply. Cash prizes! Deadline is June 14. Full details here... MORE

Wed, May 12 - Tall Tales Workshop

Tall Tales Workshop Online

Thinking about entering our Liars Contest this summer? In this workshop, master storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin teaches some of his tricks for creating comically believable balderdash. FREE Zoom workshop on Wednesday, May 12. MORE

Fri, May 7 - Give Local York

Give Local York Online

Help Susquehanna Folk keep the music coming! Donate online on May 7 through Give Local York, and your gift will be partially matched. And on Friday evening, drop into our Virtual Open House for live music, jamming, trivia and conversation. MORE