Press Kit & Media Resource Center

The 48th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Saturday, July 13, 2024
12 noon to 6 pm
Golden Gate Park Music Concourse and Bandshell

The San Francisco Free Folk Festival has been a cornerstone celebration of folk music’s rich history for the past 48 years. This year’s festival will be a full afternoon of music, dance, storytelling. formal and informal music-making, and just plain fun.  All events and workshops are free and open to anyone who wants to drop in and participate or just listen.

Quick Facts

The 48th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival
: Free!
Date/Time: Saturday, July 13, 2024, 12 noon to 6 pm
Location: Golden Gate Park Music Concourse and Bandshell


Event contact:
How to volunteer:  2023 Festival Volunteer Sign-Up Page

Social Media

San Francisco Folk Music Club (sponsoring organization):

Festival Facebook Group:

Official Facebook Event: pending


YouTube Videos from Past Years:


Venue Details:

11  performers on stage in the historic Golden Gate Park bandshell, co-sponsored by Illuminate and San Francisco Recreation and Parks

20 workshops and sessions in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse co-sponsored by San Francisco Recreation and Parks, including instrumental and vocal workshops, jams, song circles, dance and storytelling


We’ve been known to have between 1,000 to 2,000 festival guests per day!

Posters, flyers, etc.

Printable 2023 festival flyer/poster (8.5 x 11)

2023 Festival logo

Highlights of the 2023 Festival

See our program!

Festival Background

This festival is a gift to the people of San Francisco and the Bay Area from the San Francisco Folk Music Club, founded in 1949 by Dave Rothkop.

The club shares with esteemed folk icon Pete Seeger the aim “to put songs on people’s lips instead of just in their ears” and to remind us that music helps put dancing in our feet.

This event is for those who want to smile a lot, create new friendships and be surrounded by music, dance, and song—and by a wonderful community.

Over 1000 people attend the event every year. While the festival would be a special event under any circumstances, what makes it unique is the fact that it is an all-volunteer effort.

Not only do members of the presenting organization—the San Francisco Folk Music Club—serve as volunteer organizers, but all performers and workshop leaders donate their time and talents to the festival as well. It takes about 200 volunteers to stage the Festival—and more are always welcome!

Please join our Facebook community at: