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Who We Are

The Festival

The Takoma Park Folk Festival is a free annual festival featuring music from around the world on six stages in Takoma Park, Maryland. From old-time fiddle and bluegrass to acoustic folk-rock to Afro-Latin fusion, performers range from well-seasoned stage veterans to youngsters on stage for the first time. The festival also includes children’s activities, a crafts show and ethnic food from around the world.


Local vendors and artisans participate in support of the Festival. The Festival works with groups of volunteers from local non-profits, with the intent that those groups be compensated for their time to produce the Festival, if funds are available. Community groups are invited to set up tables where they can promote their services. In addition, the festival has at times introduced other elements, such as commemorative recordings and special events. 

The Organization

Takoma Park Folk Festival, Inc. (the Festival) was formed in 1982, for the purpose of producing a festival in September every year in Takoma Park, Maryland. Takoma Park Folk Festival, Inc. is a Maryland nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status. 

Board of Directors

Chair: Robin Stearn

Treasurer: Sarah Lanning

Secretary: Joy Markowitz

Director: David Weinreich

Director: Laura Stet

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