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Susquehanna Folk Festival

Apply now! - Emerging Artist Showcase

Emerging Artist Showcase York
Roots artists who haven't yet hit it big are invited to apply for our Emerging Artist Showcase, a part of this summer's Susquehanna Folk Festival. Applications will be accepted through April 19. Find out more on our Showcase page. MORE

Fri, May 3 - Give Local York

Give Local York York
Support Susquehanna Folk and help keep the music coming this summer! Donate online on May 3 through Give Local York, and your gift will be partially matched. And join us for an open jam session that evening at York Central Market. GIVE ONLINE ALL DAY Friday, May 3 MORE

August 9-11 - Susquehanna Folk Festival

Susquehanna Folk Festival York
The Susquehanna Folk Festival returns on the second weekend of August with world-class performers and hands-on fun. Join us at the Appell Center in downtown York, PA for a full weekend of live music, dancing, jams, workshops and more. Details coming soon! MORE

FESTIVAL - Three Days of Live Music

Three Days of Live Music Three Days of Live Music York
The Susquehanna Folk Festival will be overflowing with all the live music you expect, with intimate shows in The Studio and world-class headliners in the gorgeous Capital Theatre.

We're pleased to announce our first few artists for this year's festival. So far the lineup includes fiddlers extraordinaire Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, the crazy-eclectic Hot Club of Cowtown, SFMS favorites Hubby Jenkins and Larry & Joe, and Friday night dancing with The Contra Rebels. Watch our website for lineup announcements, from local openers to headline performers.

FESTIVAL - Three Days of Dancing

Three Days of Dancing York
Rockin’ bands, dynamic callers, helpful instructors and good friends enliven the Susquehanna Folk Festival’s dance hall! Three days of workshops and dancing start with The Contra Rebels playing for our Friday Night Contra. Full schedule coming soon.

Sat, August 10 - Emerging Artist Showcase

Emerging Artist Showcase York
Up-and-coming roots musicians are in the spotlight in our annual Emerging Artist Showcase, one of the highlights of our summer festival and always a fun event.

This year's finalists are:
Erin Lunsford
The Honey Badgers
Red Smith & Blue Dawn
Dann Pell
Joseph Alton Miller


Come to the Susquehanna Folk Festival to watch all of them strut their stuff. The winner will perform at the Main Stage that evening! Performances on Saturday, August 10. MORE

FESTIVAL - Bringing It Home Series

Bringing It Home Series York
Peek into the kaleidoscope of folk arts found in Central Pennsylvania! In several FREE events over the course of the festival weekend, our Susquehanna Folk Arts Center will showcase a variety of local traditional artists. Learn what these folks practice, what they’ve experienced, and how they keep their culture fresh and vibrant. Watch for our full schedule.

FESTIVAL - Archive Challenge

Archive Challenge York
Artists delve into the Library of Congress's extensive collection of American folk music, and pick a song to make their own. Our most creative entry so far was a coal miner’s song performed on a simple guitar made from a mining pick-axe. We can’t wait to see what this year’s Archive Challenge will bring!