The 35th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

Important Announcement About the 35th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival – Reimagined

After much research about health and safety issues, listening to our Governor’s daily briefings and his plan for reopening Illinois, watching Woodstock City Council meetings, communicating with other presenters and organizations, and talking with performers and audience members, we have decided not to have an in-person Festival this year.  

Because we carefully curate the Festival to offer diversity in music styles and performers, we would like to keep this year’s lineup intact.  Therefore, we have invited all of this year’s performers to join us next year on Sunday, July 18, 2021.  

However, this does NOT mean we are cancelling the Festival; rather, we are reimagining it.  Stay tuned to this website for details about our special “Woodstock Folk Festival – Reimagined,” an online event on Sunday, July 19, 2020.  Great music – and more!

Woodstock Wednesdays

We’ll premier “Woodstock Wednesdays” the evening of July 1, 7pm/CDT, with JOE JENCKS.  Visit this page ( in our Video Gallery for access to the Watch Party. 


This IN-PERSON VERSION of the Annual Woodstock Folk Festival, originally planned for July 19, 2020, will run Sunday July 18, 2021See the above announcement for this year’s 2020 Festival – Reimagined

Who would have imagined in 1986, when Amy Beth and Melodee Ladd organized the first Woodstock Folk Festival, that it would still pull in the crowds 36 years later? But that’s exactly what happened!

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, from Noon to 6 p.m., we will gather for the 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival on the historic Square in Woodstock, Illinois, 47 miles northwest of Chicago.

The Festival will include a Main Stage, an Open Mic Stage, a Children’s Area and a Workshop.

Information about this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and additional artists and information is available in the menu tabs under Festival, above.

The Festival is made possible, in part, by our Radio Partners WDCB/90.9FM, WFMT/98.7FM, and WNUR/89.3FM, the City of Woodstock, and Real Woodstock.

Since we want to make our 36th Festival an extra special day, we would greatly appreciate
your donations at any time. You can make your donation via PayPal using the button in the right column of every page, or visit our Donations menu tab for more information. And be sure to join us for our April 5th 9th Annual Invitational Concert, “The Power of Song,” to benefit the Festival!

Woodstock is a charming, historic town with lots to do and see any time of year and more than usual on the weekend of the Annual Woodstock Folk Festival. Be sure to check out While You’re in Woodstock for information about additional musical activities that weekend as well as other attractions and events.

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9th Annual Invitational Concert: The Power of Song | ONLINE

Premiered Sunday, April 5, 2:00 p.m.

The Woodstock Folk Festival premiered its FIRST EVER online concert on Sunday afternoon, April 5 at 2 pm/CDT on our Woodstock Folk Festival website. Go to this page for the Concert along with information and resources for this year’s theme, and donation information.

If you missed this online concert on April 5, it is still available in the Video Gallery section of our website (see top menu tabs).

Please support the July 19 “Reimagined” summer Festival by donating via the PayPal Donation Button toward the top of the right column on every page of our website.  

We also urge you to support our musicians, whose gigs have been cancelled. Please visit their websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. They urgently need your support. You will find the information about how you can support them on this page.

Check our site regularly for more concerts, and watch our Facebook (Woodstock Folk Festival) and Twitter (@woodstockfolk) pages!