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Presenting fine traditional arts in Central Pennsylvania since 1985

Hands-On Folk Calendar

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

Sun, April 21 - Caña Dulce y Caña Brava

Caña Dulce y Caña Brava New Cumberland
Caña Dulce y Caña Brava are exceptional performers of son jarocho, a Mexican tradition that combines music, dance and poetry. The group brings a feminine perspective to this historically male-dominated tradition. Evening performance and afternoon workshop on zapateado percussive dance on Sunday, April 21 at West Shore Theatre. MORE

Sat, May 11 - Spring Coffee House

Spring Coffee House Spring Coffee House Harrisburg
Susquehanna Folk Coffeehouses are intimate evenings showcasing Central Pennsylvania's fine amateur acoustic musicians, who play a wide variety of material for an attentive, music-loving audience.
This edition of our coffeehouse features original folk from Julia Coler, from the band of Martin, Miller & Myers, and from Matt Miskie... and for a change of pace, some (mostly) Irish songs & tunes from Matthew Ward & Sharon Sacks.

Come on out for some terrific live local music! Saturday, May 11 at Fort Hunter Barn, Harrisburg. MORE

Sun, May 12 - May Jam & Song Swap

May Jam & Song Swap Harrisburg
Bring one of your Mom's favorite tunes to our May jam. Our jam sessions are enjoyable afternoons of hands-on, homemade music. Everyone is welcome: instrumentalists and singers, musicians and listeners, all ages and levels, all acoustic folk styles. It's friendly and free. Sunday afternoon, May 12 at Fort Hunter Barn. MORE

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

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 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.

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!