48th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Folk Festival 2024

A Day of Music and Community in Golden Gate Park

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable day of music, workshops, and community as the 48th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival takes over Golden Gate Park on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Co-sponsored by Illuminate and San Francisco Recreation and Parks, this vibrant celebration welcomes music enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy a rich tapestry of folk traditions from around the world—all for free!

Founded in 1948, the San Francisco Folk Music Club has been the driving force behind this beloved festival, ensuring that it remains accessible and enjoyable for everyone. The festival thrives on the generosity of donations and sponsors, with performers and workshop leaders donating their time and talent to create a truly magical experience.

What to Expect:

  • Workshops: Whether you're a seasoned musician or a curious beginner, there's something for everyone. Workshops cover a wide range of topics, offering hands-on experiences and opportunities to learn from skilled artists.
  • Concerts: Enjoy live performances from a diverse lineup of musicians, showcasing both emerging talent and seasoned artists. From sea shanties and singer-songwriters to Cajun-Creole dance music and soulful folk, the festival promises a musical journey around the globe.
  • Jam Sessions: Bring your instrument and join in on spontaneous jam sessions throughout the day. These sessions are a great way to connect with other music lovers and share in the joy of creating music together.

The festival's inclusive atmosphere and diverse programming make it a perfect family outing. Children and adults alike will find plenty of activities to engage with, fostering a sense of community and shared love for music.

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The San Francisco Free Folk Festival is a community-driven event, and there are many ways to get involved. Volunteers are always welcome, and donations are crucial to keeping the festival free and accessible. Joining the San Francisco Folk Music Club is another fantastic way to support this non-profit organization and stay connected with the local folk music scene.

Highlights from the Schedule: The festival's schedule is packed with incredible performances. Here are some highlights you won't want to miss:

  • 12:00-12:20: Holdstock, Clegg, and Pratt – Sea Shanties
  • 12:20-12:40: Hali Hammer and Randy Berge – Singer-Songwriter
  • 12:40-1:00: Sauce Piquante Cajun-Creole Band – Cajun-Creole Dance Music
  • 1:00-1:20: Maurice Tani – Singer-Songwriter
  • 1:20-1:40: Tim Bertsch – Instrumental Harp Guitar Compositions
  • 1:40-2:00: Amelia Hogan – Celtic, Traditional, Irish/Americana
  • 2:00-2:20: Mike Scully – Singer-Songwriter, Americana
  • 2:20-2:40: Gilbert Louie Ray Band – Americana Folk String Band
  • 2:40-3:00: Aireene & The Itch – Soulful Folk
  • 3:00-3:20: Sugar Mountain – Acoustic Rock/Americana
  • 3:20-3:40: Kray Van Kirk – Singer-Songwriter with Celtic Roots
  • 3:40-4:00: Pete Kronowitt & The EveryDay Items – Acoustic Indie Folk
  • 4:00-4:30: NDL – Brazilian Samba & Reggae
  • 4:30-5:00: The Lions of Africa

Come and be part of this cherished tradition. Whether you're there to listen, learn, or play, the San Francisco Free Folk Festival offers a day of joy, community, and, most importantly, music. See you in Golden Gate Park!

For more information and to see the full schedule, visit SF Free Folk Festival.

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