Logo: Susquehanna Folk Music Society
Presenting fine traditional arts in Central Pennsylvania since 1985

Summer 2024 Calendar

Sun, June 9 - Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night New Cumberland
Join our Open Mic community at one of the most beautiful venues in the area, for an evening of live music and entertainment from fine local folkies. Come with your friends to enjoy the performances or maybe even take center stage yourself! Open Mic Night on Sunday, June 9 at West Shore Theatre. MORE

Sat, June 29 - Folk Artists Gathering

Folk Artists Gathering Folk Artists Gathering Hershey
The Susquehanna Folk Arts Center is hosting a get-together for people who practice or enjoy traditional arts. That term includes playing traditional music, singing in a church choir, making quilts or rugs or wood-carvings, cooking from grandma’s recipes, learning Balkan dances — the list is endless! Please join us for networking with other folk arts practitioners, or just to take a peek into the kaleidoscope of local traditional arts, on Saturday afternoon, June 29 at Hershey Public Library. MORE

Wed, July 10 - Using Social Media to Promote your Art

Using Social Media to Promote your Art Online
Online platforms offer a dizzying array of ways for artists to reach broader audiences. Local creatives Skye Leppo, Shane Speal and Bobbi Carmitchell will offer their experiences with using social media to promote their work as folk and traditional artists. Presented by our Susquehanna Folk Arts Center, this informative webinar will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, July 10. MORE

August 9-11 - Susquehanna Folk Festival

The Susquehanna Folk Festival returns on the second weekend of August with world-class performers and hands-on fun! Evening concerts feature Cape Breton superstars Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy (Friday), jazzy Texas Swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown (Saturday), and the joyously unconventional Klezmatics (Sunday).

FREE programming on Saturday and Sunday features hands-on kids’ activities, jam sessions, folk dancing, and mini-concerts from local artists Bobbi Carmitchell, Brazilian Vibes, Tanjo & Crow, and more. Our Emerging Artist Showcase and Archive Challenge round out Saturday and Sunday, getting us warmed up for matinée concerts with African-American roots artist Hubby Jenkins and Venezuelan-Appalachian fusion duo Larry & Joe.

Dance highlights include two contradances (with the Contra Rebels and the Dead Sea Squirrels) and a Swing Dance Sunday evening with Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five.

See the whole schedule — it's the best weekend of the summer!

Sat, August 17 - Apprenticeship Celebration

Apprenticeship Celebration Apprenticeship Celebration Harrisburg
Join us for performances, demonstrations, and stories shared by this year’s SFMS/PCA Traditional Arts apprentices and the master artists who mentored them. This year’s apprentices are studying leadership in Black gospel music, the harmonium in Nepali folk music, and Irish traditional music. And two of our apprentices, both excellent Irish musicians, will anchor an open Irish music session. This event is part of our “Bringing It Home” series, presented by our Susquehanna Folk Arts Center. Sunday, August 17 at the Fredricksen Library. MORE