Folk Festival

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32nd Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

October 8, 2016

Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Road, Athens, Georgia

The 32nd annual North Georgia Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Sandy Creek Park in Athens, Georgia.  This fun-filled, family-friendly day in theNGFF_16 Poster Art Jason Cade_small
park offers children’s activities, traditional arts and crafts demonstration and sales, and good food all day long from 11:00 until 6.  Music goes until 9:00 and features 14 acts on two stages.  Children under 12 are admitted free.  Student tickets are $8 and adults are $15.  Additional park admission is $2 per person ages 4-64.


Music Schedule

11:30  Rebecca Sunshine Band
12:25  The Ale Raisers
1:20  Moira and Mickey Nelligan
2:15  Athens Cowboy Choir
3:00  The Squalls
4:00 Jason Cade with Hawkproof Rooster
5:00  Chuck Nation Band
6:00  Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin
7:00  Tony Bryant Blues Band
8:0o  The Hobohemians

2:00  Sydney Baker
3:00  Cortez Garza
4:00  Drew Kohl

Sound provided by Thunder and Lightning Sound

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Staying in town for the night?

The Graduate Athens Hotel is offering preferred rates for the North Georgia Folk Festival.


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Last Year’s Festival was OUTSTANDING!

30th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

October 11, 2014

Sandy Creek Park
400 Bob Holman Road
Athens, Georgia

Join us to celebrate our 30th Annual Festival!  What a great lineup of music, arts, crafts, food and activities we have this year.  bring the family!  bring your friends!

This will be an extremely rare opportunity to see and hear the legendary Norman Blake.

Norman Blake

Norman Blake will be performing at the 30th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival.

  • Adult: $14 online, $15 at the gate
  • Student (with ID) : $7.50 online, $8.00 at the gate
  • Family (2 adults, 2 students) $33.00, online only.
  • Children Under 12, free

Advance Tickets available from EventBrite

Park Admission: $2 per person ages 4-64

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Drawing of the Stone Mountain Wobblers by Art Rosenbaum

Gates open:  10:30am

Kids activities (arts, crafts, playground): 11:00am – 3:00pm
Music: 11:30am – 9:00 pm
Arts and Craft Demonstrations: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Food Service: 11:30am – 7:30pm

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2014 Performance Schedule

11:30 AM                Pat Shields, Story teller
12:00 PM                Kids Contra Dance
12:30 PM                Bonnie Loggins and Mary Lomax
1:00 PM                  The Skillet Lickers
2:00 PM                  Marion Montgomery and Glyn Denham
2:45 PM                  Stone Mountain Wobblers
3:30 PM                  The Folk Society Band
4:00 PM                  Pat Shields – Round 2
4:30 PM                  Norman Blake
6:00 PM                  Bluebilly Grit
7:00 PM                  Emerald Road
8:00 PM                  Hair of the Dog

If you’d like to help plan or volunteer to work at the festival, please contact Tommy Jordan at


Sound Reinforcement: Dan Whittington and Thunder and Lightning Sound

2013 Food Vendors
Harry’s BBQ
Juan’s Empanadas
Jittery Joe’s Coffee
The Streets Cafe Truck
L’il Ice Cream Dude
Hip Pops
Your Pie
Marotta Boiled Peanuts
The Comerian Bakery

Night Bunny by Peter Loose

2014 Demonstrators
Cotton Patch Quilters – handmade quilts and folkcraft
Peter Loose – folk painting and stage dress
Rebecca Gilliard – basket making
Brenda McKaig – Wool spinning
Rob Sutherland – Pottery

2014 Art and Craft Vendors

Mercedes Dewey — woven fabric jewelry
Mary Ellen Di Mauro — Sewn ties, totes, etc
Don Highfield/Ken Calkin — carved wood
Janice Hall and Pat Shields –pottery
Will Langford -Pottery
Dana Lea — Jewelry
Mama Bird’s Granola —
Kathryn Miller — Beeswax candles
Tim and Alice Mills — Red Mule Grits, Polenta, Corn Meal
Cathy Pentz — Jewelry
Lisa Pickett — Soap
Susan Staley — Stained Glass and jewelry
Beth Kelly Zorbanos — Cornhusk Dolls

A-CC Bear Hollow Zoo
A-CC Sandy Creek Nature Center
Boy Scout Troop 1111 (Athens)

Folk Festival Related Events

  1. September 15  – Pre-Festival Hoot at the Melting Point, Athens.
  2. Friday, October 3 – It’s Friday on WUGA FM radio  (3:00-4:00)
  3. Saturday, October 4 – The Folk Society Band performs at the Athens Farmers Market, Bishop Park.  10:00am – 12:00pm
  4. Thursday, October 9 – Joe Willey performs at the Two Story Coffee House, Five Points (Athens)
  5. Friday, October 10 – Festival Setup at Sandy Creek Park (12:00-4:00 – time approximate)
  6. Friday, October 10 – Pre-Festival Contradance – Location TBA
  7. Saturday, Oct 11 – 30th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival, Sandy Creek Park (11:00am-9:00pm)
  8. Sunday, Oct 12 – Sandy Creek Park cleanup (12:00-2:00)

Please email: for more information or to volunteer.

*** This program is 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.

***  The Folk Festival is co-sponsored by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services
*** Poster and program printing by Duplicating Systems, Inc, Athens, GA
*** Tee Shirts printed by RubySue Graphics, Athens, GA


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