Our Guide To The 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, Returning This Weekend With Five Stages Of Live Music, Camping, Crafts And An Exclusive Festival Brew From Yards, August 17-19

The Philadelphia Folk Festival began in 1962 and is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in the whole country.
(Photos by G. Widman for GPTMC)

From one of the same organizations that brought you the blockbuster 2nd Street Festival, this weekend brings you the 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 17-19, presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society.

This year, the fest will feature a star-studded lineup with bigger names and longer sets. Workshops for clog dancing and a crafts fair are just some of the other things you can expect, plus family-friendly activities and events, delicious food and drinks and more. You can even camp out so you won’t miss a single beat.

Coming off of last year’s 50th anniversary celebration, this year’s festival is an even bigger and better version of the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in the country.

Check out our guide to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, below:

Music

With big folk names like Little Feat, John Hiatt and the Combo, Steve Earle and The Dukes and Lucinda Williams, this year’s fest promises something for everyone to enjoy. The festival has slimmed down on the number of performers to bring you longer sets by these amazing folk artists. And with multiple stages set up, you’ll be able to enjoy the folk vibe wherever you go on the grounds.

Find the full lineup and stage schedule online.

Beyond the main acts, don’t forget the late-night singalongs around the bonfires in the festival campgrounds or the impromptu jam sessions.

Food

Food vendors will be on hand from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. in the concert area, and 24 hours a day in the campgrounds.

This year, expect the Upper Salford Volunteer Fire Company as well as Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Wild Bill’s Root Beer and the Water Ice Guys among many others. They’ll be dishing up all kinds of cuisine, from barbecue to crepes to vegetarian Mexican food.

It wouldn’t be a festival without some of your favorite outdoor treats like funnel cake and fried Oreos.

For your convenience, there will also be a cafe along the main Camping Road near Camping Headquarters.

Drinks

Yards Brewing Company is proud to continue its sponsorship with the festival and will be setting up a beer garden during all three days of the festival. Come by to sample another Folk Fest exclusive brew, the Yards Folk Fest Kolsch.

Note: alcoholic beverages are prohibited anywhere in the campgrounds.

Non-alcoholic beverages (bottled soda, water, juice) will also be served by all food vendors. Water is available at no charge at the water stations near the Tank Stage. You can also fill your water bottles there.

Read on to check out a map of the camping grounds plus details on family fun, crafts, workshops and tickets.

Folk Traditions: Crafts and Workshops

Aside from rockin’ concerts, there are also workshops galore, ranging from storytelling to songwriting to clogging. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in these unique traditions with other folk fans.

Crafts are a huge component of the folk scene. The Crafts Village will be 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.

Family Fun

The Folk Festival has plenty of different activities for the whole family. Kids can become the next folk legend and participate onstage with the Great Groove Band, rehearsing all weekend for a main-stage performance on Sunday.

Also, look out for Dulcimer Grove, the shady area between the Crafts Stage and the Camp Stage. Here you’ll find everything from puppeteers, jugglers and storytellers to hands-on crafts and kid-oriented musicians.

Camping

More than 5,000 people camp for the weekend at the festival. Stay right on the festival grounds for the full Folk Fest experience!

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.

Tickets

Different types of tickets are available starting at $65, including tickets with tent and RV camping. Reserved seating and children’s tickets are also available. Get your tickets online now!

Get ready for a weekend of outdoor folk fun. From the music, crafts, food, drinks and activities, you’ll know exactly why the Philadelphia Folk Festival was named one of the coolest summer festivals in the country.

See below for for a map of the campground at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

The 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
When: August 17-19
Where: Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Road in Schwenksville
Cost: $65-$195
More info: www.pfs.org/folk-festival

Previously: The 2012 Philadelphia Folk Festival, Recognized In Rolling Stone, Returns August 17-19 With A Star-Studded Music Lineup, Camping, Crafts, Yards Beer Garden And Much More

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