The Philadelphia Folk Festival is a world-renowned folk music festival held annually in August on the Old Pool Farm, home to the Godshall Family, right here in Upper Salford Township. The four-day festival, which is produced and run almost entirely by volunteers and sponsored by the non-profit organization, Philadelphia Folksong Society, has been bringing world-class folk music to the area for 55 years, making it the oldest continuously run outdoor music festival in North America.
The Philadelphia Folksong Society, the premiere folk organization in the greater Philadelphia region, is known nationally and internationally for producing the Folk Festival and bringing together generations of music enthusiasts.
The event showcases contemporary and traditional artists, superstars and rising stars alike, in genres under the umbrella of Folk including World/Fusion, Celtic, Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Blues, Country, Klezmer, and Dance on eight different stages.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival welcomes more than 35,000 visitors during the four days, including 5,500 campers. It is a perfect family event, too, with puppeteers, jugglers, storytellers, hands-on crafts and kid-oriented musicians. Children up to 11 are admitted free to the concert area. Older kids, 12 to 17, are eligible for the special half-priced youth ticket when accompanied by an adult.
The event was originally held on the Wilson Farm in Paoli, but in 1966, moved to Spring Mountain here in Upper Salford Township. Then, in 1967, the site was moved to a township park and in 1971, moved to its present home on the Old Pool Farm.
Save the Date for the 60th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
Join us August 19-22, 2021