The 52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival focuses on ‘Philly-centric’ acts

Thousands of folk music enthusiasts showed up for the 52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival over the weekend. The festival is held each year by the Mt. Airy-based Philadelphia Folk Song Society.


The festival, the longest continous running festival of its kind, had eight stages and over 200 performers come to the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford. 

While some attendees come for the day to see their favorite performers, many regulars return each summer to camp out with friends and family on the site. 

Along with national acts such as the Mavericks and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, this year’s festival saw a large number of “Philly-centric” acts including performers such as In The Pocket, Asleep at the Wheel, Todd Rundgren and David Bromberg.

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The Saturday afternoon “Philly Local” stage was also back with artists Lily Mae, Ginger Coyle, Modern Inventors and Ali Wadsworth. 

The festival grounds also had a crafts area and an area for children’s activities including juggling and tightrope lessons.

Next year’s festival will be held from August 15 through August 17. 

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