San Francisco Free Folk Festival

From The Folknik Mar/Apr 2000

The 24th San Francisco Free Folk Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, 2000, at Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello St., San Francisco. The schedule Saturday is from noon until 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, from noon until 10:30 p.m.

Nationally and internationally known performers (including Steve Seskin and the Black Brothers), as well as gifted local musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and crafts people, will offer concerts and workshops throughout the festival. Family-oriented activities will include special storytelling, crafts and music performances.

Music workshops will include both beginning and more advanced sessions for a range of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, and more; a range of musical styles, such as Irish and bluegrass; jam sessions, and vocal workshops and sing-alongs. Dance workshops will cover the basics such as folk waltz, hambo, contra, and international folk dance, and also vintage dance, dances from exotic locales, and more. Evening dance parties are being planned.

Food will be available at the festival, and there will also be a Music and Crafts Marketplace.

Onsite parking is extremely limited, with street parking available within reasonable walking distances. However, the Festival is easy to reach by public transportation, using the MUNI 1, 2, or 38 lines. The event is also wheelchair-accessible.

Information on concerts, activities, and workshops will be listed on the Festival web site at The web site will be updated continually as performers and workshop leaders are added and confirmed, so bookmark it and visit us often. Or, check the Festival Hotline at 510-287-9095.

Volunteers needed

Be a star! It takes about 200 volunteers to make the Festival happen. You can be one of them. Opportunities abound, from helping schedule performers to being a performer yourself!

Areas in which you can help include:

If you want to perform or help out, leave a message at the Festival Hotline at 510-287-9095, or e-mail

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