Festival News

The 3 members of the Old Blind Dogs pose on a Scottish moor, in front of a stone fireplace, with lamps and tables as if they were indoors.

Posted August 1, 2019

SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. As summer ends, we'll enjoy two more "Soundwaves" concerts (Justin Angelo Band and Rue de la Pompe) and we'll kick off our new season with Genticorum and the Old Blind Dogs. Our World Music & Dance Series is also hosting an evening of Bulgarian Folk Dancing with Bulgarika. Read more...

Alyssa Arter

Posted July 24, 2019

If you have the swing down in your soul, but are struggling to get it from there to your feet, you have the opportunity of a lifetime at the 2019 Susquehanna Folk Festival. On Saturday at 12:30, Alyssa Arter, a swing dance instructor and co-owner of Victrola Dance Hall, in York, PA, will be offering workshops in Swing Dance and Cajun Dance, as well as performing with the Ladybirds during the Late Night Festival Club on Saturday. Read more...

A field with a giant waterslide in the foreground, and behind that, several giant inflatable balls that people can tumble around in.

Posted July 14, 2019

Is your family in the mood for adventure during your festival weekend? Roundtop Mountain Adventures, just down the road, is ready for you! Cool off on a giant water slide, fly through the air on ziplines, or test your mettle on a sky-high climbing structure. Pick up a voucher with your festival wristband to get $5 off Saturday or Sunday admission to that part of the resort. Remember to bring swim clothes and strap-on footwear. Read more...

Debbi Kauffmann

Posted July 9, 2019

Singing in a group brings people together around the commonalities of human experience, and the joy found in sharing those experiences with each other. Workshop leader Debbi Kauffmann shares her experience in leading, and being led by, community singing circles. Read more...

logo: Clarion Hotel

Posted July 8, 2019

JULY 19 is the last day to get our special festival rate at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in New Cumberland, our 2019 HOST HOTEL. Less than ten miles from the site, and with a super rate of $89 + tax for each night, it's the best deal in the area. Read more...

Tom Cook and Tater Schultzy pose for a pic. Both are wearing white cowboy hats. Tom wears a red bandanna around his neck and holds his mandolin; Tater wears a red tie and holds his banjo..

Posted July 4, 2019

We spoke with local veteran musician Tom Cook about the "moxie" of old-time bluegrass music, and how jamming preserves the tradition and builds a sense of community. Read more...

Jane Dorfman gestures with both hands as she tells a story.

Posted June 20, 2019

We are not making this up: a stageful of storytellers will be pulling legs and stretching truths on Sunday afternoon, July 28 at the Susquehanna Folk Festival. Who'll be lying to you? Read more...