Philadelphia Folksong Society

We present the Gene Shay/Founders’ Award
Benefit Concert on March 12th (see below)
and the Philadelphia Folk Festival
on the weekend of Aug 16, 17, & 18, 2024.

The Philadelphia Folksong Society is thrilled to announce its inaugural Gene Shay/Founders’ Award Benefit Concert. This newly-minted event will celebrate our folk community and will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. Celebrate with an evening of award presentations, performances, pre-receptions, a silent auction, and an afterparty. Tickets are on sale now, purchase at

The Society will be presenting two Awards: The Founders’ Award, with honorees Charlie Miller and Dianne Tankle; and the Gene Shay Award, with honorees David Baskin and John Fuhr.

Performing during the evening are Christine Lavin, John Flynn, and Emily Drinker.

This Awards Ceremony, followed by a concert, will benefit the Philadelphia Folksong Society, supporting their efforts to develop the long-term infrastructure to ensure the Philadelphia Folk Festival and other programming will continue beyond 2024.

This is the first of hopefully more events, but it is a very special one since it honors a legendary figure in the Philadelphia folk-music scene,  Gene Shay, as well as those who helped to found the organization in 1957.

All ticket holders are welcome to arrive by 6:30 to take part in a silent auction which will include instruments, recordings and other items of interest. Doors open at 6PM.

Philadelphia Folk Festival ticket are on sale now! Purchase at

Philadelphia Folk Festival | August 16-18, 2024

The 61st Philadelphia Folk Festival is scheduled for the weekend of August 16, 17, and 18, 2024, on the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, PA. Tickets are on sale now to this iconic event, purchase here.

The Festival is the largest program of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, a non-profit membership organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 2023, the Festival “took a pause” and was not produced. This allowed the Board of Directors time to restructure the operations of the Folksong Society, reduce the financial debt, and redefine the Festival as a sustainable event.

The 2024 event will re-emerge as a smaller overall event than in the recent past, serving nearly 5,000 patrons daily with several music stages, educational workshops, crafts, and on-site camping.

Presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society

Philadelphia Folksong Society presents the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival, celebrating 61 years of folk music on the weekend of August 16, 17, and 18, 2024.

Founded in 1957, PFS has offered programs of presentation, participation, and education throughout Greater Philadelphia and the nation year-round. We are dedicated to preserving the past, promoting the present, and securing the future of folk music and related forms of expression through education, presentation and participation.

PFS has contributed to the preservation of a variety of musical styles and historical perspectives and has acquired both local acclaim and international recognition through popular programs such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival.