Fingers Playing a Banjo at the Central Ohio Folk Festival

What Can You See at the Central Ohio Folk Festival?

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Here’s What You Can Expect at the Central Ohio Folk Festival


What Is the Central Ohio Folk Festival?

The Central Ohio Folk Festival is an annual celebration of folk music that takes place the first weekend of May. It’s been a popular gathering for music lovers and locals since 1997, when it was created by the Columbus Folk Music Society. This non-profit’s goal is to preserve the legacy of folk music and expand its reach through workshops and events like the Central Ohio Folk Festival.

The festival is held at the Highbanks Metro Park in Columbus Pike and is open to the public. Shows run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m on Sunday. There is a Saturday evening concert that starts at 7:15 p.m. and requires a ticket, so make sure you get yours in advance if you want to attend!

Lineup and Other Festival Events

The festival showcases terrific performances over the course of one weekend. Attend free daytime concerts to discover new artists like the Folk Ramblers, Last Acre, Cari Ray and the Shaky Legs, and Ted Yoder. You’ll enjoy more than 30 concerts, an opening folk sing-along, a special “worst song in the world” contest, a dance pavilion, and many children’s activities.

Visitors can also participate in a series of workshops. Try your hand at playing iconic folk instruments like the guitar, uke, banjo, or fiddle. If you prefer writing, take the songwriting workshop or work on your presence on stage. You can even learn how to sing!


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