Your guide to a great day of music at the 38th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival
The 38th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival is coming to town, Sunday, July 16. As in past years, we gather on the historic Square in Woodstock, Illinois. Mark your calendars now for Noon to 6 p.m.
The rain location on that day is Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, 225 W. Calhoun St, corner of Tryon, 2 blocks southwest of the Square.
We’ve planned an eclectic mix of music – traditional and contemporary folk, Americana, roots, soul, and blues.
And we will honor Jack Williams with our Lifetime Achievement Award and Delmark Records, which celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year, with our “Woody” Award.
Read on to check out the Performance Schedule.
The 38th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival…here’s the lineup
Once again the Festival features local, national, and international artists performing in a
variety of musical styles.
- Our Main Stage Co-Hosts are Marilyn Rea Beyer, Sue Kessell & Chuck VanderVennet.
- Our 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient is Jack Williams, pictured below.
- This year’s “Woody” Award goes to Delmark Records on their 70th Anniversary
Julia Miller accepting the award for Delmark Records.
|12:00pm||Mark Dvorak (Chicago) |
“Chicago’s official troubadour”
WFF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
Leads this year’s All-Sing Finale
|12:30pm||Nina Ricci (Nashville, TN)|
Modern Folk, Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist. Berklee-educated.
|1:15pm||Dean Milano (Chicago) & Julianne Macarus (Ohio)|
Singer-Songwriter-Musician-Author (Dean) teaming up with
Singer-Songwriter (Julianne) in the latest of 40 years
|2:00pm||Buffalo Rose (Pittsburgh, PA)|
Modern Folk / Americana Band
|2:45pm||Elexa Dawson |
(Oklahoma Native, Kansas-based from the Potawatomi Nation)
Sultry Soul meets Rural Roots
|3:30pm||Deidre McCalla (Georgia)|
Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriter, National Women’s Music Festival Performer
|4:15pm||Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to |
Jack Williams (Arkansas)
Singer-Songwriter, Musician (guitar and trumpet) & Workshop Leader. Jack has played Folk, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Classical & Pop music of the 30s, 40s & 50s for over 61 years. Performance follows award.
|5:00pm||Presentation of “Woody” Award to |
Delmark Records on their 70th Anniversary
Julia Miller accepting award for Delmark Records;
Jimmy Burns (Chicago, IL) Performing
Soul, Blues Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter from Delmark Records
|5:40pm||All-Sing Finale – Led by Mark Dvorak|
More Festival Favorites
|12:05pm||Festival Open Mic at Stage Left Cafe|
Co-Hosts: Gloria Burchfield & Mark Lyons
Sign-up for Open Mic begins promptly at 12:05 p.m. at Stage Left Café.
|1:30-2:00pm||Open Mic Featured Performer: Performance & Workshop with Culture, Arts & Music featuring the music of Harry Belafonte performed on steelpan|
Come for the weekend…
Enjoy the Off Square Music Open Mic on Friday night at Stage Left Cafe — as well as Music at the Market (Woodstock Farmers Market) on Saturday morning. Watch the Off Square Music website for details on these bonus music events that weekend.
How can you help make this one the BEST Festival ever?
The suggested donation for the all-day Sunday Festival is $30 for individuals and $40 for families. There is no pre-registration.
Donations to the Festival are welcome at any time. Please use the Donations tab in the right column of every page of this website to contribute to the success of this year’s Festival. You can also contribute by sending a check made out to Woodstock Folk Festival to P.O. Box 1628, Woodstock, IL 60098.
To volunteer to help with the Festival, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can use your help promoting the Festival!
Help by joining us in promoting the Festival. Please direct others who may be interested to woodstockfolkfestival.org, and spread the word on social media.
Here’s one more thing you can do to make this year’s Festival the best ever:
Use the toolbar below to download and/or print a .pdf flyer you can distribute to organizations and people near you — libraries, religious organizations, businesses, friends.
We greatly appreciate your interest and support!
Come for the weekend! Here are a few tips to make your Festival visit a great success
- Off Square Music Open Mic on Friday night at Stage Left Cafe
- Music at Woodstock Farmers Market on Saturday morning
- Remember to bring a chair or blanket to sit on!
- Pets are not allowed on the Square, only on the perimeter. Please do not leave pets in hot cars.
- Rain Location: Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, 225 W. Calhoun (at Tryon, a couple blocks SW of the Square)
How to find the 38th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival
Located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, Woodstock is easily accessible via
Routes i-90, 14, and 120, as well as by the Union Pacific/Northwest Metra train line that
runs between Chicago and Harvard with many stops in between.
The Woodstock train station is only one block from Woodstock Square. Handicapped accessible facilities are available.
Lodging information is on this website.
Thank you to our sponsors
The Woodstock Folk Festival (WFF) is a 501(c)(3) Illinois non-profit organization
Made possible in part by Radio Partners WDCB, WFMT, and WNUR, the City of Woodstock and Real Woodstock
Special Thanks to Sponsors Steve & Margaret Mikus