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Central Pennsylvania's grass-roots voice for folk music and dance!

Susquehanna Folk Festival Workshops & Jams

icon: handson tag = Hands-on activities -- jump right in!
icon: family tag = Kid-friendly events

Friday

Beginners Contra Workshop with caller Kenny Brown: 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Dance Hall on Friday

Beginners Contra Workshop
Fri 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dance Hall
Beginners Contra Workshop with caller Kenny Brown

Saturday

Swing Dance Classes: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Dance Hall on Saturday

Swing Dance Classes
Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dance Hall
It’s fun to watch — but it’s even more fun to dance!   Learn some basic moves with us and you’ll be dancing in the aisles in no time.

Shape Note Singing School with Maria Cramer & Robin Banerji: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Pickin' Place on Saturday

Shape Note Singing School
Sat 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Pickin' Place
Shape Note Singing School with Maria Cramer & Robin Banerji
Learn to sing four-part harmonies, even if you can't read a note of music, using The Sacred Harp.

International Dancing: 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm at the Young Folks Zone on Saturday

International Dancing
Sat 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Young Folks Zone
Easy, fun dances for all ages (yes, ALL!) with Zita Angelo of World Dance Lancaster.

Shape Note Sing with Maria Cramer & Robin Banerji: 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm at the Pickin' Place on Saturday

Shape Note Sing
Sat 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Pickin' Place
Shape Note Sing with Maria Cramer & Robin Banerji
Share the joy of singing with a group in four-part harmony, seated in a square and reading from The Sacred Harp.

Songs, Crankies & Appalachian Rhythm Toys with Box and String: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Young Folks Zone on Saturday

Songs, Crankies & Appalachian Rhythm Toys
Sat 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Young Folks Zone
Songs and silliness! The whole family will enjoy an hour with Sarah Gowan & Bill Quern.

Guitar Workshop with Jefferson Hamer: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the New Roots Stage on Saturday

Guitar Workshop
Sat 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New Roots Stage
Guitar Workshop with Jefferson Hamer
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Slide Guitar Lessons with Rory Block: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Pickin' Place on Saturday

Slide Guitar Lessons
Sat 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Pickin' Place
Slide Guitar Lessons with Rory Block
Learn from a seven-time Blues Music Award winner!

A Survey of Swing with Henry Koretzky: 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm at the Pickin' Place on Saturday

A Survey of Swing
Sat 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Pickin' Place
A Survey of Swing with Henry Koretzky
Henry will describe what swing and jazz are (including subgenres like western swing and gypsy jazz), and demonstrate how to make folk swing using chords, melodies, harmonies, phrasing and improv. Instruments are optional but welcome.

Beginners Contra Workshop with The Faux Paws and caller Donna Hunt: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Dance Hall on Saturday

Beginners Contra Workshop
Sat 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Dance Hall
Beginners Contra Workshop with The Faux Paws and caller Donna Hunt

Irish Session with Cas Ceol: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Pickin' Place on Saturday

Irish Session
Sat 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pickin' Place
Irish Session with Cas Ceol
Bring an instrument and share some tunes with the women of Cas Ceol, or just listen and enjoy.

Festival Open Mic with host Eryn Spangler: 11:00 pm to 12:00 am at the New Roots Stage on Saturday

Festival Open Mic
Sat 11:00 pm - 12:00 am
New Roots Stage
Festival Open Mic with host Eryn Spangler

Sunday

Beginners Contra Workshop with Coracree and caller Alexandra Deis-Lauby: 11:00 am to 11:30 am at the Dance Hall on Sunday

Beginners Contra Workshop
Sun 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Dance Hall
Beginners Contra Workshop with Coracree and caller Alexandra Deis-Lauby

International Dancing - introduction: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Dance Hall on Sunday

International Dancing
Sun 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dance Hall
International Dancing - introduction
Join Zita Angelo of World Dance Lancaster for an hour of easy, fun dances from Eastern Europe.

Sunnyland Band with Slim Harrison: 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm at the Young Folks Zone on Sunday

Sunnyland Band
Sun 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Young Folks Zone
Sunnyland Band with Slim Harrison
Washboards, spoons, jugs, skiffleboards and limberjacks are ready for kids to play along!

Bluegrass Jam with Ken Gehret: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Pickin' Place on Sunday

Bluegrass Jam
Sun 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Pickin' Place
Bluegrass Jam with Ken Gehret
Bring an instrument and share some tunes with this veteran fiddler, or just listen and enjoy.

Bringing It Home: Open Jam Session: 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm at the Pickin' Place on Sunday

Bringing It Home: Open Jam Session
Sun 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Pickin' Place
All styles and instruments welcome!

Sunnyland Band with Slim Harrison: 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm at the Young Folks Zone on Sunday

Sunnyland Band
Sun 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Young Folks Zone
Sunnyland Band with Slim Harrison
Grab a stumpf-fiddle or jump on the washtub bass and play along in this participatory jugband.

Young Folks’ Parade: 5:45 pm to 6:00 pm at the Young Folks Zone on Sunday

Young Folks’ Parade
Sun 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Young Folks Zone
Our young folks step out in style with instruments and finery they’ve made. Everybody loves a parade!

And more!

Our festival frog stands silhouetted against a gold sun
Watch for more festival performers and events to be announced.