Logo: Susquehanna Folk Music Society
Central Pennsylvania's grass-roots voice for folk music and dance!

General Info

FAQs for the Susquehanna Folk Festival

An array of photos showing the ambiance of past Susquehanna Folk Festivals
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Two contra dancers, clearly loving it!
Young people playing at an impromptu jam, with Irish flute, cello and fiddle
A woman tries out a ukulele
A young couple sits on a blanket, with a baby asleep behind them in a small colorful tent
A group of people sit in a circle playing instruments
Three women participate in a Shape Note Singing session

Gate Hours

FRIDAY 6:30 pm - SATURDAY 10 am - SUNDAY 10 am
CAMPING GATE opens at 4pm Friday

COVID Precautions

For the Festival, we will follow CDC recommendations for York County, PA at the time of the festival.

Currently, that means:

SFMS is committed to creating a festival that is as safe as possible for visitors, volunteers and artists. Advance ticket purchasers will be notified of policy updates, and the policy will be posted here.

Kids and Families WELCOME!

Youth 12 and under attend FREE. With a full schedule of hands-on activities and kid-friendly performers, we aim to be one of the most family-friendly festivals you will ever come to. Be sure to check out our Young Folks' Zone.


The Expo Center is fully accessible for folks with mobility challenges. We are happy to help everyone enjoy all the festival offers. For questions and special accommodations, please contact us, in advance if possible.

Seating & Stages

All of our stages and seating are either under tents or indoors. Folding chairs are set up at all of our stages: first-come, first-seated. Please be fair to others and do not save seats while you're elsewhere at the festival.

You may set up your own chair, picnic blanket or canopy as long as it doesn't interfere with others' enjoyment of the festival.

RAIN OR SHINE! Dress for the weather!


Several food trucks will be on hand, and they'll appreciate your business. Yes, you can bring a cooler, but no alcohol or glass containers.

The New Roots Pub will sell a variety of alcoholic beverages. Drinks cannot be carried out of the Pub area.

Water, sodas, etc will be available for purchase at the food trucks and at the pub. A water cooler will be available for dancers in the Dance Hall.

Secure Instrument Check

Come to the Mercantile area to securely store instruments, chairs, coolers and other bulky belongings while you're at the festival, or even overnight.

Lost & Found

The Mercantile crew keeps up with Lost & Found. Items left behind after the festival will be donated to local charities.

Medical Assistance

EMTs will be available onsite. In case of emergency, see a volunteer (look for vests).

Things Frowned Upon

WRISTBANDS ARE REQUIRED for everyone on the festival grounds — no exceptions!

SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED in the festival area except in designated outdoor areas and the camping area.

PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED. We do welcome trained assistance animals.


Things Smiled Upon

We are always happy to see...

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A woman dances and claps at the Coffeehouse Stage
A woman dances and claps at the Coffeehouse Stage
A couple dances by the Main Stage tent
A fiddle for sale, with a note that says Banned from Craigslist
Slim Harrison plays a mandolin and a one-man-band something-or-other