Woodstock Folk Festival


Spring Concert

Please join us for the 6th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival Invitational on Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2017, beginning at 2 p.m., at Unity Spiritual Center, 225 West Calhoun Street (corner of Tryon), just 2 blocks from the historic Square in Woodstock, Illinois. This year's theme will be a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the "Summer of Love." Performers will include Tricia Alexander, Guyz With Bad Eyez (Merv Collins and Don Humbertson), Megon McDonough, Raspberry Atomic Clock (Dean Milano and Russ Ward), Stage Leftovers (Pete Jonsson, Brian Murphy, Laurel Palma, Joe Pesz, Rich Prezioso, and Les Urban), Thrice Nice (Sharon Arnold, Annemarie Serra, Diane Ward), and the Ukulele Superhero Club (Amy Beth Dorothy Biris, Helen Lindquist, Laurel Palma, Annemarie Serra, Cassandra Vohs-Demann) Our annual themed concert is a fundraiser for the summer Festival which will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from Noon to 6 p.m. on Woodstock Square.

Related Community Events

Fans of our Festival may also be interested in the 15th Anniversary of Music4Martin featuring musical/artistic expressions presented by local artists on Sunday afternoon, March 12, at 3:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, in Woodstock.

Please join our friends at Off Square Music for a special event they have organized to celebrate the Masthouse years and Steve and Sylvia Francois who hosted this first Saturday night event for many years. Many of you will remember the positive energy and encouragement they brought to this Woodstock tradition. On the first Saturday of April, April 1, come to Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, 225 W. Calhoun (corner of Tryon, just 2 blocks southwest of Woodstock Square), for an evening of music, stories, and celebration; the event will begin at 7 p.m., but please contact Keith Johnson at offsquare@gmail.com in advance if you wish to perform or help out. Stage time will be limited to 5 minutes and if you cannot attend, you may also submit something of modest length to be read to the audience. All donations will go to Steve and Sylvia as a thank-you for their years of service to Masthouse and their performances at the Woodstock Folk Festival and many other music events in our area.

2017 Woodstock Folk Festival

The 32nd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from Noon to 6 p.m., on the historic Square in Woodstock, Illinois. The Festival will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso aka Small Potatoes. For about 25 years this popular Chicago-area duo has been a "favorite act" at many coffeehouses, clubs, house concerts, and festivals across the U.S. and in Ireland. They bring superb musicianship, award-winning songwriting, a strong sense of tradition, and a sense of humor to all of their performances. Main Stage performers will include Bettman & Halpin, Pat Donohue, David Hawkins, Joan and Joni (Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin), Michael Johnathon, and The Malvinas. Chuck VanderVennet and Rich Warren co-host the Festival's Main Stage. There will also be a Children's Area and Open Mic Stage. The Festival is made possible in part by our Radio Partners WDCB/90.9FM, WFMT/98.7FM, and WNUR/89.3FM, the City of Woodstock, and Real Woodstock.

For information on other events in Woodstock, please visit RealWoodstock.com.

Donations Appreciated

2007 Festival Donations Box
Photo by
Alvin McGovern

Entrance to the Woodstock Folk Festival is by donation. The suggested donations are:

  • $15/individual
  • $25/family
  • $10/seniors and students

Since the festival is held in a publicly accessible location, our audience pays on the honor system. Please be conscious of this and make sure you find out where the donation is being collected as soon as possible after arriving. Thank you.