Kerrville Folk Festival
The Kerrville Folk Festival is a family-oriented event which is held each year on the Quiet Valley Ranch, just 9 miles south of the resort town of Kerrville in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Founded by Rod Kennedy, and currently owned and operated by the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation, the Kerrville Folk Festival has run annually since 1972. It is the longest continuously running music festival of its kind in North America. For 18 straight days and nights each May and June, over 30,000 guests come from all over the world to experience the magic of what we simply call “Kerrville”. The Festival is known internationally as a Mecca for singer songwriters of varying musical style. It’s a place where those just developing their skills have the opportunity to play their music alongside those who have already mastered their craft
Over 4500 outstanding singer-songwriters have been presented on the Festival’s stages since the beginning. More than just a “folk music” festival, Kerrville offers music of many styles including folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana. The common thread is songwriting. The focus of the festivals is to promote emerging artists while giving our audience exposure to both new and recognized, seasoned talent. Major label artists such as Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Nancy Griffith played Kerrville early in their careers. You can still see other nationally known artists like Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, Indigo Girls, Guy Clark, Arlo Guthrie and singer/songwriter/actor Ronny Cox play on our stages any given year.
While many folks come out just to see the evening on-stage shows, a large part of the heart and soul of the festival can be found in the campgrounds. This is where you can truly experience and appreciate the abundance of talent we are blessed to have in our midst each year. Impromptu jam sessions can pop up at any time around a campfire or anywhere there are people willing to listen. A 24-hour a day treat for musicians and music enthusiasts alike.
In addition to the live music there are also special concerts and activities for kids, songwriting schools, guitar and harmonica workshops, hill country bike rides, canoe trips on the Guadalupe, Saturday Shabbat and Sunday Folk Song Services, Texas Wine and Craft Beer seminars, our annual New Folk Competition and concerts for emerging artists, and the Professional Development Program for Teachers. There is something for everyone who enjoys music, camping, the outdoors, and making new friends.
So, whether you come out for a day, weekend or for the entire Festival, you’ll find that the music, the ambiance, and the spiritual optimism combine to make this America’s most beloved and respected songwriters gathering. WELCOME HOME!
Kerrville, TX 78028