by Betsy Natter
It may be hot during these last days of summer, but so is the music scene in MontCo. There is still plenty of time to take in a local outdoor concert or even attend a larger music festival before heading back to work and school routines. These three upcoming festivals represent a variety of musical genres and are longstanding favorites in the area. Choose your favorite style and plan to attend one or more to spend a relaxing and enjoyable last hurrah of summer.
Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm
1323 Salford Station Rd, Harleysville, PA 19438
The Philly Folk Festival is the longest continually running music festival in the nation and its still going strong. Folk music lovers can enjoy traditional and contemporary sounds either by the day or for the extended weekend, running August 16-19. Up to 30,000 people typically attend “the Fest.”
Artists play on four stages with a full schedule throughout the day and the Dulcimer Grove has special entertainment for children. While enjoying the festival, participants can also peruse the craft booths featuring folk art, enjoy lots of special eats from the food stands. Kids will love the craft area and activities.
Ukrainian Folk Festival
TRYZUB Ukrainian American Sports Center
County Line & Lower State Rds., Horsham, PA 19044
A culturally rich experience, the annual Ukrainian Folk Festival celebrates the 27th anniversary of Ukrainian independence. This year’s celebration will be on Sun., Aug. 26 from 12 – 8 pm at the Ukrainian American Sports Center in Horsham, PA.
Festival-goers will enjoy a variety of traditional Ukrainian folk music including the “Hopak,” also known as the Cossack’s dance, polkas and soulful folk songs. The outdoor show stage will feature several performers and dance troupes from 1:30 to 4:30 pm followed by a social dance from 4:30 to 8 pm. Live reenactments depicting Ukrainian history and games and face painting for the kids round out the entertainment.
Both American fare and homemade Ukrainian foods and baked goods will be available as well as items from the BBQ pit. Browse the craft vendors and bazaar items for a full cultural experience.
Admission cost for the public runs $15 per person, students – $10; kids under 15 free. Free parking is available on site.
Paoli Blues Fest & Street Fair
Paoli Presbyterian Church
225 S. Valley Rd., Paoli 19301
Celebrating its 10th year, the Paoli Blues Festival features seven bands from 11:15 am to 6 pm. This year’s festival will be on Sat., Oct. 6 on the grounds of the Paoli Presbyterian Church. Parking at nearby sites will be serviced by a free shuttle bus to the festival venue.
In addition to the stage acts, a Street Fair will have something for the entire family. Enjoy food from local restaurants and browse the arts and craft vendors. Kids will love activities planned for them as well as the street entertainers. Relax and get a quick massage or pop up and dance to the tunes on the main stage!
Admission is any non-perishable canned good for the church’s food pantry. The goal is to stock the shelves for the holiday season and the many people who utilize the pantry. More information on the bands is available here.