Folk Festival

Save The Date!  September 29, 2018

34th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

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

The 34th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Sandy Creek Park in Athens, Georgia.  Featured performers on the main stage include The Rebecca Sunshine Band, The Moonshine, Athens Area Sacred Harp Singers,  Clifton Hicks, Joe Willey and the Movin’ Men, Curtis Eller, Crooked Mile, Kyshona Armstrong and the Darnell Boys.  The Fire Circle Stage will include intimate performances by Ukulady, Art Rosenbaum,  Amanda Kapasouz, Jim White and Claire Campbell.  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.

Food vendors: Biggums BBQ, Your Pie, Rashe’s Cuisine, Aunt Jack’s Peanut Shack, Holy Crepe, Jittery Joes Coffee, La Michoacana Ice Cream Truck, Manila Express and GG Sweet Magnolia’s Bakery Truck.

Artists/Vendors: Athena Bee, Bear Hollow Zoo, Chelsea Born, Tex Crawford, Meredyth Howard and Le’Ann Fleischer



Music ScheduleKyshona Armstrong


11:00am      Rebecca Sunshine BandJim White 3
12:00pm     The Moonshine
12:50          Athens Area Shape-note SingersNoe and Beto
1:30            Joe Willey and The Movin’ Men
2:25            Sugar Magnolias
3:20           Curtis Eller
4:15           Kyshonna Armstrong
5:15           Crooked Mile
6:15          Clifton Hicks
7:15          The Darnell Boys

Fire Circle Showcase
12:00       The Ukulady
12:50       Cortez Garza (MC)
1:10          Claire Campbell
1:50          Art Rosenbaum
2:25          Jim White
3:00         Amanda Kapousouz


Sound provided by Thunder and Lightning Sound
Original drawing of Clifton Hicks by Art Rosenbaum, 2018.


Staying in town for the night?

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


Find us on Google Maps

View larger map


























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

Stone Mountain Wobblers 2014_en

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

FB-f-Logo__blue_29Let us know you are coming! Join our Facebook Event!

Download the Poster!

Download the 2014 Folk Festival Press Release


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


Comments are closed.