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The 43rd Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Saturday, June 8, 2019
12 noon to 10:00 pm (doors open 11:45 am)
Everett Middle School
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 43 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.

Since 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of folk icon Pete Seeger, we are having several special events connected to him at this year’s festival.

Quick Facts

Admission: Free!
Date/Time: June 8, 2019 (Saturday only), 12 noon to 10 pm
Location: Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street, San Francisco (between 16th and 17th St.)  The event site is fully accessible and ADA compliant
Website: sffolkfest.org

Contacts

Event contact: sffff-press@googlegroups.com
How to volunteer: 2019 Festival Volunteer Sign-Up Page

Press Release

2019 Press Release

Social Media

San Francisco Folk Music Club (sponsoring organization): http://sffmc.org

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

Official Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/283170869038305

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sffreefolkfest

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

Stats/Numbers

Venue Details:

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

2 large dance rooms (gymnasiums) for dance workshops and evening dances

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

                1 open mic (in cafeteria)

1 storytelling workshop room

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

Attendance:

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

Posters, flyers, etc.

Printable flyer/poster (8.5 x 11)

2019 Festival Logo: png or jpg

Highlights of the 2019 Festival

Performers

Emma’s Revolution
Dirty Cello
Brass Farthing

and many more!

Evening Dance Highlights

Ballroom/Couples Dance

Gender-free 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.

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SF.FreeFolkFest/