35th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

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36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

September 26, 2020

The 35th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Road in Athens, Georgia.  Featured performers for this years’ festival include Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, The Rebecca Sunshine Band, The Moonshine, Crooked Mile, Caroline Aiken Band, the Joe Leone Ensemble, The Skillet Lickers, Eliot Bronson, Adam Klein, Grupo 21, Nina Ricci and Oh Jeremiah.

AND we have got our artists, traditional craft demonstrators food vendors all lined up.  Kids activities include music and arts and crafts, as well as the ever-popular dinosaur playground at Sandy Creek Park.   It is going to be a fine day in the Park.  Make your plans today to join us.


JAMMERS!  Folk music is a social art form.  We'll have a large tent with chairs set up so you can play all day.


This fun-filled, family-friendly day in the park offers children's activities, traditional arts and crafts demonstration and sales, and good food all day long from 11:00 until dark.  Music starts at 11:00 AM with special music for kids and then goes until 8:00 PM with performers on two stages. 


Student tickets are $8 and adults are $15. Children under 12 are admitted free. Additional park admission is $2 per person ages 4-64. 

The Crooked Mile

The Ladies Homestead Gathering

Performance Schedule


11:00am       Rebecca Sunshine Band

12:00pm      The Moonshine

1:00pm        Grupo C21

1:45pm        Joe Leone Ensemble

2:45pm        Crooked Mile

3:45pm       Oh Jeremiah

4:45pm       The Skillet Lickers

5:45pm       Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys

7:15pm       Caroline Aiken Band


1:00pm      Adam Klein

2:00pm      Eliot Bronson

3:00pm      Nina Ricci

The Skillet Lickers. Charcoal drawing by Art Rosenbaum, 2019

The North Georgia Folk Festival is produced by volunteers from the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society in partnership with Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services.

Co-Sponsored by Duplicating Systems, Flagpole, Good Dirt Clay Studio, WUGA-FM, RubySue Graphics, LickSkillet Public Relations and the National Ladies Homestead Gathering.

The Athens Folk Music and Dance Society is an Athens, Georgia-based 501-c3 Non-Profit Organization dedicated to celebrating, sharing and sustaining traditional arts and music.

This program has been supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sound by Dan Whittington / Thunder and Lightning Sound

The North Georgia Folk Festival celebrated its 30th year in October, 2014. This video, "A Taste of the 2014 North Georgia Folk Festival" by Neil Rosenbaum, features performances by Norman Blake, Bluebilly Grit, and The Skillet Lickers, along with interviews and memories of past performers now gone. 

Please contact Tommy Jordan, Festival Director, at tombob.d41@gmail.com with any questions about the festival or use the contact form here.

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