Great Bands you know, new folks you’ll love.

The Cactus Blossoms
Charlie Parr
Old Salt Union
and more...

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Friday Pre-Fest Events

No Ticket required

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Root Note Open Mic (Site B)
Hosted by folks from The Root Note. Come to perform or listen!

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Select food, beer, and wine, plus a limited number of crafters and artisans will be open.

(Note: the 7:00 Concert does require a ticket)

$5 off any Craft Purchase

GRFF has partnered with Driftless Makers Exchange to bring more than 30 of the finest area artisans and craters to this year’s Fest. To celebrate this new partnership, the Great River Folk Fest is giving away a $5 coupon with each paid entrance to the Fest. This coupon can be used toward any purchase of $10 or more from one of our many craft exhibitors during the this year’s Folk Fest.

Songwriting Contest

2019 Winners

  • 1st Place - Russ Parrish, Burnsville, MN
  • 2nd Place - Peter Lindsey, Dekalb, IL
  • 3rd Place (tie) - Despina Pafralides, Round Lake Park, IL
  • 3rd Place (tie) - David Nash, Onalaska, WI
Greg Gilbertson 2018 winner

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Folk Fest 2018

Photos: Jerry Weigel