A family oriented event held each year on the Quiet Valley Ranch, the Kerrville Folk Festival takes place just 9 miles south of the resort town of Kerrville in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Founded by Rod Kennedy, the Festival has run annually since 1972. For 18 straight days and nights each May and June, 20,000 - 25,000 guests come from all over the world to enjoy music of many styles, including folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana. The common thread is songwriting. Major label artists such as Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Nancy Griffith played at Kerrville early in their careers. Through the years, the Kerrville stage has seen other nationally known artists like Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, and Arlo Guthrie, while others such as singer/songwriter/actor Ronny Cox play on our stages any given year.
In addition to the live music, there are also special concerts and activities for children, Songwriting School, Blues Guitar and Harmonica Workshops, country bike rides, canoe trips on the Guadalupe River, Sunday Folk Song Services, and our annual New Folk Competition and concerts for emerging songwriters. There is something for everyone who enjoys music, camping, the outdoors, and making new friends.
The 40th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival opening night is Thursday May 26, 2011 with Joel Mabus, Brother Sun, The Lost Pines, Suzy Bogguss, and the Billy Bright Trio.
Friday May 27 includes Slaid Cleaves, closing with Austin Klezmorim; Saturday May 28 includes Judy Collins and David Wilcox; Sunday May 29 closing with Jimmy Lafave; Monday May 30 closing with Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen. It is a huge weekend of great musical talent!
The evening concerts and daytime events continue for two more weeks through June 12. For a full schedule and ticket discounts of 15% until May 25th, go to www.kerrvillefolkfestival.com Questions? Call 830-257-3600 and talk to us!
Come on out and enjoy the magic of the Kerrville Folk Festival. You’ll be glad you did and you will want to come back every year.