I’m packing up my backpack for the short drive to the first day of the 52nd Philadelphia Folk Festival, held in Schwenksville at the Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Road. A few years of experience have taught me to pack suntan lotion, an umbrella, and a sweatshirt, along with some snacks and a nalgene bottle for water (which I’ll be able to refill easily throughout the day with cold spring water).
While I may not have heard of most (or any) of the musicians playing this year, I know I’ll hear a wonderful eclectic mix of music, ranging from folk to celtic rock, blues to bluegrass, zydeco to steampunk (yes, steampunk!), and beyond. With six stages, kids’ activities, food vendors, crafts vendors (including great art, and hats for sale if you forget yours – this event is held in a field with next to no shade), and a beer tent there’s no shortage of options.
And every year I bring home cd’s from the Sales Tent of new (and sometimes old) music that I’ve never heard before and can’t find anywhere else. Oh, and I usually come home with a tan and a renewed spirit, as well.
All day passes and three day passes are available for sale at the gate; $54-$148. Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Music runs from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Kids under 12 are free, and youth tickets for ages 12-17 are 50 percent off, with an adult ticket purchase.