A two day family-friendly festival featuring multiple performing stages presenting an array of upbeat folk/roots/Americana music, kids’ & youth programming, and 30+ music workshops (all levels).
Saturday, May 6 – 10:30am-5:30pm Festival
The 7pm Saturday night headliner is New-York based progressive folk/Americana band, Nefesh Mountain, a band hailed as one of today’s leading bands in pushing the boundaries of American roots music. They have recorded and shared the stage with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and Mark Schatz (Nickel Creek) to name just a few. They have played to sold-out audiences from Chicago to New York City and many places in between.
Other offerings include two drum circles (one each day); a Festival Store, Beer garden offering Nocterra craft beer. Food trucks on site. (Note: you are not permitted to bring your own alcohol onto Metro Park grounds).
NEW this year are 4 ongoing jam tents, each with a different style: folk-mix, bluegrass, old-time and a tent dedicated to serving the very beginner jammer.
More than 30 workshops on songwriting, the history of folk music, joining a jam group, important musical figures, and how to play guitar, fiddle, ukulele, tin whistle, and other instruments. Some workshops will be for beginning players, and others will be for more advanced musicians.
Whether scratching an itch to get outside and enjoy nature — at the same time listening to and/or playing music, learning something new, or just chilling in the awesome, green outdoors, you’ll find the cure for what ails you at the Central Ohio Folk Festival.
No fixed fees. Your generous $$ support makes all of this possible. Donation tents will be at entrance to the grounds. For donations of $20 or more, you get some free fun stuff.
Pre-event donation recommended if you want to be assured of inside tent seating for the Saturday nite headliner. The tent holds 200, otherwise seating is on the lawn.
Donate pre-event at: https://centralohiofolkfestival2023donate.eventbrite.com
More info at: www.columbusfolkmusicsociety.org/festival.html
The festival is produced by the Columbus Folk Music Society in cooperation with The Metro Parks and is co-sponsored by WCBE Radio 90.5 FM and Metro Parks.
Meeting location notes: Big Meadows Picnic Area is at the back of the park. After you enter the park, take the main road down the hill. At the bottom of the hill, take the road on the left. Park in the lot with a playground. Meet near restrooms.