Jam with Your Neighbors at the Philadelphia Folk Festival
Picture a rolling hillside covered in stages, musicians, festival-goers, all present for one longstanding event: the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival!
If you’ve never been, the hills of Schwenksville are home to the Old Pool Farm, and boast a sprawling pastoral landscape that’s perfect for hosting large events like the longest-running outdoor musical festival of its kind. And every year, the Philadelphia Folk Festival makes sure not to disappoint. From the stellar lineup to activities that engage revelers of all ages, it’s one end-of-summer event you won’t want to miss. For residents of The Overlook, it’s less than an hour’s drive away! So mark your calendars for August 15-18, and strap in for a weekend packed with music, food and fun for your whole group.
Since 1961, the Philadelphia Folk Festival has run on the enthusiasm and sweat of volunteers. In fact, its main benefactor and the festival’s producer, The Philadelphia Folksong Society, does more than its part to help promote the event each year to its community members and supporters. Since its first years on the folk music scene, the festival has grown into a national, then an international phenomenon that earns a place on the vacation itinerary of many a music lover.
Highlights for 2019
While festival-goers can look forward to performances by some big names in the folk music world – including Kathy Mattea, Margo Price, The Mavericks, David Crosby & Friends, and more – there are always smaller scale performances going on across the festival grounds. And, in years past, there have been unannounced appearances by artists like Bob Dylan and Tommy Smothers, so it’s best to keep your eyes and ears open at all times! You never know who you’ll get to listen to at an impromptu jam session or even at one of the pop-up parking lot parties.
Camping and outdoors
What’s a summertime festival without the fun of camping out and soaking up as much of the fun as possible while you’re there? Individuals and families alike are welcome to look into the All Festival Camping ticket packages for special benefits like the free concert held on Thursday night! But if you miss the mark, don’t worry. There will still be outdoor activities happening throughout the festival, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the summer sun while it’s still shining bright.
Crafts and family fun
In addition to the concerts, other performers will be out and about to entertain and delight festival-goers of all ages. Anything from storytellers to jugglers, or master puppeteers to expert craftspeople, will be on hand for demonstrations and special programs in between performances on the stage. And, if you’re bringing younger folk music enthusiasts, be sure to visit Dulcimer Grove, a quiet former for kids and parents to take a break from the crowds.
Now that you’ve got some summer plans coming up, stay tuned to The Overlook’s friendly neighborhood and regional recommendations for more!