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Albuquerque Folk Festival

June 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Bosque School
4000 Bosque School Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120

The Albuquerque Folk Festival is focused on public participation. It is about teaching, not just entertainment. Our goal is to pass on knowledge, skills, and traditions to ensure the survival of folk activities. We enlist organizations and individuals to demonstrate and teach wide-ranging folk activities that include old American, New Mexican, Middle Eastern, and other international traditions. We see the teaching of folk activities as a process of encouraging creative expression and fostering a sense of community. Participation in folk activities can reconnect individuals with their neighbors, and participation in folk activities across cultures may encourage cultural tolerance. We aspire to remind people of the days when they could create their own entertainment by going to the community dance, telling stories to their families, or playing music on the front porch with friends. We seek to create alternatives to the public trend of relying on passive entertainment: participation instead of observation.

The Folk Ethic

The Albuquerque Folk Festival is committed to the Folk Ethic. The Folk Ethic is focused on self-expression, community, friendship building, and social consciousness. It is non-commercial. It embraces acoustic music with the focus on open participation rather than virtuoso talent. Enjoyment is sought through personal involvement rather than fame through performances and recordings. Those who are skillful at an activity are willing to teach beginners, for they were once beginners themselves who learned from others willing to help without cost. The Folk Ethic believes that enriching others through sharing in folk activities and sharing of each other’s resources is the best form of self-expression

Our Mission

The Albuquerque Folk Festival provides an opportunity for the public to experience and participate in folk music, song, dance, and storytelling through educational workshops, demonstrations and performances. Folk activities enhance community expression and the continuance of cultural traditions. Festival. Remember, the Festival is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so the donation is tax deductible.

The Folk Festival will run from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, June 15 at the Bosque School in Albuquerque.

If you want an overview of everything that’s going on during the day, download a complete schedule as a PDF file.

Friday, June 14

Saturday, June 15

  • 8:00 AM – Instrument Checkroom available
  • 10:00 AM – Gates open, arts and craft vendors and food vendors open
  • 10:00 AM – Sandia (Outdoor) Stage performance kicks off with Peter Chase and the Quadrupeds
  • 10:00 AM – Start signing up for the Band Scramble
  • 10:00 AM – KUNM starts broadcasting live from the festival grounds
  • 10:00 AM – Signups start at the Sign-up Stage.
  • 10:00 AM – New Mexico Music Guild’s Musical Petting Zoo opens
  • 10:30 AM – All venues open
  • 3:45 PM – Final deadline for Band Scramble signup
  • 4:15 PM – Band Scramble assignments announced
  • 4:30 PM – Some venues close for Band Scramble practice
  • 4:00 PM – Instrument Petting Zoo closes
  • 5:00 PM – Band Scramble at the Outdoor Stage
  • 6:00 PM – Singalong at the Outdoor Stage
  • 7:30 PM – FolkMADS Contra Dance with the Albuquerque Megaband and Erik Erhardt begins in the Cafeteria Dance area.
  • 9:00 PM – Last call to get your instruments from the instrument check room.
  • 9:30 PM – Raffle drawing (hope you bought a bunch of tickets!)
  • 10:00 PM – The party’s over…until next year!
  • Perfomance StagesMany great performers are scheduled on three stages from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

    Back this year: Several performers are performing more than once, so you’ll have more choice balancing all the other things there are to do at the Festival.

    Back this year: We’re staggering the schedule of the Sandia (Outdoor) and Jemez (Indoor/Theatre) stages to allow even more flexibility in planning your day. The Sandia (Outdoor) Stage will begin at 10 a.m. and run on the hour all day; the Jemez (Indoor/Theatre) and Bosque (Indoor/Band Room) stages will begin at 10:30, running on the half-hour. Now you can catch performances that might otherwise overlap!

  • Sign-up StageThis year, the Sign-Up Stage will have performances from 10 am to almost 10 pm, with a new performer every 45 minutes.
  • Dance ProgramGet moving with dance workshops in two venues plus an evening contra dance on Saturday night.
  • Jam With The Band!Here’s where musicians can play or sing along with a few of our great bands. It’s ok just to listen too. Come on out and play with many of our main stage performers.
  • Hosted Jams:At the hosted jams, hosts are there to encourage musicians to pick a song or start a song and to make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to participate. In addition, hosts bring their own unique flare to the jam.
  • Band Scramble:Our popular Band Scramble gives musicians and dancers of all levels a chance to be a Main Stage Performer at the Albuquerque Folk Festival.
  • Music Workshops:Participation is the name of the game at our wide variety of music and song workshops. Bring an acoustic musical instrument and/or your singing voice and join the fun.
  • Storytelling:Hear a wonderful tale from some of our best local storytellers.
  • Children’s Tent:While all of our workshops are open to participants of all ages, sessions at the Children’s Tent are tailored to get kids and families started enjoying home made music.

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