The Philadelphia Folk Festival kicks off today, celebrating 60 years of presenting remarkable folk-rooted programming in eastern Pennsylvania. Fans can access the festival both on-site and digitally, with tickets still available from the festival’s website. (Digital tickets grant folks at home streaming access to three stages throughout the weekend.)
The Philadelphia Folk Song Society, founded in 1957, launched its first annual Folk Fest five years later with Pete Seeger on hand to break in the audience. Now, 60 years on, the festival regularly welcomes more than 30,000 visitors—many of whom camp onsite—and a sizable roster of artists ranging from well-established stars to up-and-comers.
To celebrate its 60th year as the longest continuously running outdoor festival in the United States, Philadelphia Folk Festival host Christine Lavin welcomes Michael Franti & Spearhead, American Acoustic (Punch Brothers & Watchhouse featuring Sarah Jarosz), The War and Treaty, Arrested Development, Hiss Golden Messenger, Aoife O’Donovan, Bettye LaVette, Twisted Pine, Crys Matthews, BettySoo, the Honey Badgers, and many more.