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Presenting fine traditional arts in Central Pennsylvania since 1985

Upcoming Events

Sun, June 9 - Spring Open Mic

Spring Open Mic 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

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:
Joseph Alton Miller
Red Smith & Blue Dawn
Dann Pell
The Honey Badgers
Erin Lunsford


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!