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

Part of our 2024 Susquehanna Folk Festival

Free Folk Saturday

Saturday, August 10, 2024 11 am to 3:20 pm, in The Studio
...and more on Sunday!

About This Event:

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, much of our daytime programming at the Susquehanna Folk Festival on both Saturday and Sunday is FREE! Spend a cooool afternoon having folky fun before our ticketed matinée show with Hubby Jenkins, our main‑stage evening concert with Hot Club of Cowtown, and our evening Contra Dance with Janine Smith and the Dead Sea Squirrels.

Bobbi Carmitchell

A montage grid of performers and highlights at the 2024 Susquehanna Folk Festival.
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Two little girls play with cups and string as an adult helps
A closeup of two children's hands
Three adults perform a folk dance
A man plays a fiddle
A jam session at our 2019 festival
A woman learns to play a ukulele
Logo graphic for our Emerging Artist Showcase
WXPN's Ian Zolitor is our emcee

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

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, much of our daytime programming at the Susquehanna Folk Festival on both Saturday and Sunday is FREE! Spend a cooool afternoon having folky fun before our ticketed matinée show with Hubby Jenkins, our main‑stage evening concert with Hot Club of Cowtown, and our evening Contra Dance with Janine Smith and the Dead Sea Squirrels.

First Things First: Dancing!

Get to the festival right when doors open, and try some easy, fun, family-friendly dances with World Dance Lancaster’s Zita Angelo. Anyone can dance!

Young Folks Zone

The creative folks from York County Libraries provide hands-on activities for families. The Young Folks Zone is open from 11am until 3:20pm Saturday.

Bobbi Carmitchell

Lancaster County singer-songwriter Bobbi Carmitchell has been a force on the Central Pennsylvania music scene for 40 years, and has toured all over the country. Her music and singing supports many causes that she believes in. Her morning mini-concert is part of our “Bringing It Home” programming presented by our Susquehanna Folk Arts Center.

A Little More Folk Dancing

If you missed the early session with Zita, you get a second chance after Bobbi performs! Easy, fun, family-friendly dances with World Dance Lancaster’s Zita Angelo.

Emerging Artist Showcase

This is one of our favorite parts of the festival. Five of your new favorite acoustic acts will take the stage for 20 minutes each, and our judges’ top pick will open for Hot Club of Cowtown on Saturday night! This year’s finalists are Erin Lunsford, Dann Pell, Red Smith & Blue Dawn, Joseph Alton Miller, and The Honey Badgers.

Open Jam Session

If you enjoy hanging out and playing with other musicians, bring your instrument and head over to York Central Market between noon and 2pm. All levels are welcome, and listeners too. Details coming soon!

Ian Zolitor, emcee

Our weekend emcee is Ian Zolitor, the host of WXPN radio’s Folk Show, which is broadcast from Philadelphia on Sunday nights from 8 to 10 pm. Gene Shay, Ian’s mentor and previous host of the Folk Show, says: “He’s going to be somebody very special to the music scene.”

FREE FOLK!

Live music, jam sessions & hands-on family fun! US Eastern TimeDoors open at 10:30 am

  • FREE!

A Little Folk Dancing: 10:40 to 11am

Young Folks Zone: 11 am to 3:20 pm

Bobbi Carmitchell: 11 am to noon

A Little More Dancing: noon to 12:20pm

Emerging Artist Showcase: 12:20 to 3:20 pm

Jam Sessions: 12 to 2pm at York Central Market

Tickets are now available for matinée and evening events, including multi-event passes. Get yours now!

Festival ticket info

Venues

The Studio
Appell Center for the Performing Arts

50 N George St, York, PA 17401

More info at AppellCenter.org including detailed parking info.

The Philadelphia Street parking garage, just across the street, is FREE after 8pm weekdays and all weekend.

Lend a Hand

Volunteer for the festival and get free admission! Find out more...