2018 Press kit (2019 coming soon)

The 42nd Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival Press Kit & Media Resource Center


Saturday, June 9, 2018
12 noon to 10:00 pm (doors open 11:45 am)

Everett Middle School, San Francisco (details)
450 Church Street, San Francisco (between 16th and 17th St.)

The San Francisco Free Folk Festival has been a cornerstone celebration of folk music’s rich history for the past 41 years. This year’s Festival is a full day of music, dance workshops, dance parties, storytelling workshops, crafts, vendors, formal and informal music-making, and just plain fun for the whole family. All events and workshops are free and open to anyone who wants to drop in and participate or just listen.

Quick Facts

Admission: Free!
Date/Time: June 9, 2018 (Saturday only), 11:45 am/12 noon to 10 pm
Location: Everett Middle School {Map thumbnail link here}, 450 Church Street, San Francisco (between 16th and 17th St.)
– The event site is fully accessible and ADA compliant
Website: www.sffolkfest.org


Event contact: sffff-press@googlegroups.com
How to volunteer: 2018 Festival Volunteer Sign-Up Page
Vendors: Marketplace info, sffff-directors@googlegroups.com

Press Release

2018 Press Release

Social Media

San Francisco Folk Music Club Homepage (Sponsoring Organization): http://www.sffmc.org/

Festival Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SF.FreeFolkFest/

Official Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2107029246004649/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sffreefolkfest

YouTube Videos from Past Years: https://www.youtube.com/user/SFFreeFolkFestival


Venue Details:

2 performance stages: The Faith Petric Stage and The Woody Guthrie Cafe Stage

2 large dance rooms (gymnasiums)

5 music rooms: instrumental and vocal workshops, jams, and song circles

                1 open mic

1 storytelling workshop room

Family program: 1 program room (singing, dancing, story-telling, and more) and 1 adjacent craft room


We’ve been known to have between 1,500 to 2,000 festival guests per day!

Posters, flyers, etc.

Printable flyer/poster (8.5×11)

2017 Festival Logo [black] [blue] [eps]

Highlights of the 2018 Festival


More details soon!


Dirty Cello

Brass Farthing

Evening Dance Highlights

Ballroom/Couples Dance

Contra/Square/Ceilidh Dance

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.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SF.FreeFolkFest/