Folk Festival

36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

The 36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival is going virtual this year.

After 35 years of having our annual homecoming North Georgia Folk Festival in the hills of Athens, Georgia, we couldn’t let the COVID-19 crisis keep us down.  So we decided to have the festival as a virtual event featuring music, art and storytelling – just as we usually do.

The event is a series of three episodes on YouTube and is offered free of charge.  All donations are welcomed though….

Make your Donation here

Details at

36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival – The Virtual (and International) Event on YouTube

Episode 1: Music, Art and Storytelling
Aired on Saturday, September 26, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)
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Episode 2: More Music, Art and Storytelling
Aired on Saturday, October 3, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)
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Episode 3:  Sing My Troubles By
Aired on Saturday, October 10, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)
A special showing of “Sing My Troubles By” – a documentary by Neil Rosenbaum honoring older Georgia women who continue to perform the gospel, blues, mountain music and ballad traditions they grew up with.
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Here’s the general link!    YouTube   #NGFF_20




Last years festival was a totally great day!

35th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

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

The 35th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Sandy Creek Park in Athens, Georgia.

Featured performers for this years’ festival include Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, The Rebecca Sunshine Band, The Moonshine, Crooked Mile, Oh Jeremiah,

"The Skillet Lickers" drawing by Art Rosenbaum, 2019.

“The Skillet Lickers” by Art Rosenbaum, 2019

Caroline Aiken Band, Joe Leone Ensemble, The Skillet Lickers, Grupo C21, Nina Ricci, Eliot Bronson, and Adam Klein.

AND we are getting 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.

2019 Food Vendors: Aunt Jack’s P-Nut Shack, Damunchiezz, Eno’s Baked, Grammy’s Kitchen, Jittery Joe’s Coffee, Kathy’s Family Secrets, Mama Bird’s Granola, La Michoacana Es Natural Ice Cream Truck, Rashe’s Cuisine, Skye Burger and Your Pie.

2019 Demonstrators/Artists/Vendors: Rebecca Gilliard, Beth Kelley Zorbanos, Ladies homestead Gathering of Athens-Clarke County, Isabel Casalino-King, Chelsea Born, Garrett Ceramics,  Rockdaughter Design, Mam Bird’s Granola, Nature’s Harmony Guitars, Paul Bendzunas, Grands Designs Woodwork, Katy’s Face Painting, Whimsical Art by Vanda Guthrie, Farmington Herbals, Bear Hollow Zoo,  Sandy Creek Nature Center



Music Schedule

Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd


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

Sound provided by Thunder and Lightning Sound


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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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